Ukraine in 1917-1924, says more than 200,000 people were combatants in the Ukrainian armies (Armed forces of the Central Council, the Army of the Ukrainian People's Republic, the Army of the Ukrainian State). The website has documented more than 16,000 people who were involved in the fight for Ukraine's independence. According to various estimates, documents containing approximately 30-40 thousand names of Ukrainian soldiers are available in Ukrainian and foreign archives. theoretically, It is possible, therefore, to establish the names of 15-20% of the personnel of Ukrainian troops for the period 1917-1924.
The database provides the following information on participants: name, unit of service, rank, birthdate, birth place, death date, cause of death, place of death and place of burial. Information varies for each person,
Lwow - Property
Catalogues of all metric books in the funds of the state archives of Ukraine can be downloaded from:
The language of catalogues is Ukrainian.
Chapters relevant to Jews start with "ІУДАЇЗМ".
About the Project
"LIBRARIA - project of Archival Information Systems (AIS), carried out in
cooperation with libraries, archives and research institutions in Ukraine
and abroad. The purpose of the project - to digitize and provide online
access to a broad array of Ukrainian historical periodicals."
This project began in 2012, "when the first collection of Ukrainian
newspapers was scanned. Now more than 700,000 pages of more than
400 publications in Ukrainian, Polish, German, Romanian, Yiddish,
Crimean Tatar and Russian, published in different regions of Ukraine
and abroad from the beginning of 1950s are digitized. The resource is
constantly updated with new publications." They are continuing "to
introduce millions of pages in the next few years, significantly
expanding the geographic and chronological scope of the project."
The Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine is the main academic library and
main scientific library information center of the Ukraine and one of the
world's 20 largest national libraries. It is located in Kiev Ukraine. The
Jewish Archive at the Vernadsky Library is celebrating its centennial this
year and has over 150,000 items including over 1,000 audio cylinders.. The
archives original filing system was demolished by the KGB-the loss of
descriptions of its holdings-but the holdings themselves were saved. Jewish
books were stored with unwanted backlist Communist propaganda which
functioned as a camouflage. The archive reopened when the Ukraine became an
independent nation in the 1990's.
There is a treasure trove of recordings that captured the community's Jewish
musical folklore-these records which were done before serious recording
technology was invented had been digitized and released in CD format
1912-1947. See: http://audio.ipri.kiev.ua/index.html. It is not just music,
but one release is the " Jewish Agricultural Colonies of the Southern
Ukraine" and another a 1913 collection of fieldwork conducted in the Jewish
communities of Palestine.
The archive started in 1918 and expanded in the 1930's when it received many
recordings from St. Petersburg's Jewish Museum-including S. Ansky's (author
of The Dybbuk) materials. The digitization of the discs occurred as the then
president of the Ukraine (1997) was planning a visit to Israel and wanted to
provide a thoughtful gift for this first time official visit.
To read The Tablet article see:
(MODERATOR: https://tinyurl.com/y9wuw58v )
Researchers for hire:
ROHATYN RECORDS IN ARCHIVES IN UKRAINE.
From The Miriam Wiener Routes to Roots Foundation, Inc. http://www.rtrfoundation.org/
Alex Denysenko (based in Lviv): http://www.autodidacts.f2s.com/tua/res.html
Brain J. Lenius (based in Canada): http://www.lenius.ca/Gazetteer/Gazetteer.htm
ROHATYN RECORDS AT THE CENTRAL STATE HISTORICAL ARCHIVES IN LVIV.
Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine in Lviv
[Tsentralnyi derzhavnyi istorychnyi arkhiv Ukrainy, Lviv]
3a Soborna Sq.,
Tel: (0322) 72-30-63, 72-35-08, 97-86-57
Fax: (0322) 72-35-08
Working hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00-18:00
How long does it take for them to pull records and can you specify a date for them to pull it?
Jay: It probably varies but the typical seems to be a few days, like 2~5 with 3 being common..
When you mention an index that you looked at, what do you mean? Is this a card catalogue? a book?
Jay: A book. AlexD told the archive staff what we wanted to look for, and they gave him the appropriate index.
Can one just walk in and look at these indexes?
Jay: Yes, after filling out a general archive access request form and a letter of intent and getting those approved
When does one have to pay and what is the fee?
Jay: For copies, fee unknown and apparently a little flexible depending on one's relationship with the archive and how long one has been working there. AlexD reported to us a nominal fee of $4 per image whether they copy or we photo.
1. "Czytelna zydowska" (Jewish Reading-Room) in Rohatyn, 1910: Fond 146, Opis 25, Sprava 5212 a/t GG REVIEWED BY MARLA
A 6-page-plus-title typed document in Polish, apparently discussing the status of a Jewish facility in Rohatyn, and management issues pertaining to it. There were no obvious person names associated with the document, except its authors, which included a Józef Halberthal, a Leon Tannenbaum, and an Alexander (?) Margulies.
2. Book of house descriptions for the citizens of the town of Rohatyn and the suburb Perenivka, 1846: Fond 186, Opis 2, Sprava 21 (186/2/21) ACQUIRED
3. Plan of Lands, Rohatyn, 1846: Fond 186, Opis 1, Sprava 668 (186/1/668) ACQUIRED
The missing sheets cover what appears to be mostly farmland and waterways north of Rohatyn center; I recall seeing only one building on the 5 sheets, which may be why they weren't copied for us previously. fond 186, opis 1, sprava 669 and 670 are cadastral surveys for the town of Rohaczyn
4. German-Jewish School in Rohatyn and information about its pupils, 1789: Fond 146, Opys 85, Sprava 1903 REVIEWED BY MARLA
The second was a bound book of maybe 50 handwritten reports (by city or county, with commentary on each by Lemberg officials). The lengthy Report for Lemberg itself included a long list of individuals' names (all Polish and German, with no clear Jewish names) and what appeared to be donations or some other accounting. Rohatyn showed up only twice, as a town in the Brzezany area, with a single line and numerical summary for the entire town, no names except the responsible person in Rohatyn, a certain S. Kronfeld.
5. Army Recruits: 1849-1945 (located in fond 780 a/t RTR) TOO LARGE TO DETERMINE VALUE, AVAILABLE AT FHL
As for the military records, they are not systematised and it is hard to know at this point, what information they contain.
6. Property Owners: 1785-1788, 1819-1820, 1822
fond 19 (Fond J), opis 9, sprava 263 (J/9/263) = Josefinian cadastral survey (1785-1788) - a/t RTR REVIEWED AND OF NO VALUE
The records in 19/9/263 appeared irrelevant; very early, and no recognizable Jewish names. We copied nothing.
fond 20 (Fond F), opis 9, sprava 189 (F/9/189) = Franciscan cadastral survey (1819-1820) (1822); (The RTR listing as 20/19/189 is incorrect) ACQUIRED 35 OF 80 PAGES
Marla found lots of known Jewish names with house numbers in the records in 20/9/189 from 27Oct1820; a summary of examples is below. We photographed the first 35 pages of the 80-page book; Jewish names petered out by page 20 and she saw none in the loose pages accompanying the book.
Fond 19 and 20 are also cadastral records, but there were no maps created for the land records in those surveys so they have not been the focus of our attention. They also are more strictly for land parcels, not householder lists, so in those early years when Jews typically did not own land parcels, they are not as likely to have Jews listed. There is one difference between the pages for two sets of records is that in the 1819-1820 set of records there are two columns before the name column. This represents the parcel number and also the "old" parcel number presumably from the 1785-1788 records. This is rarely filled in and the cross-referencing for most places is now impossible. But this example from Marla has both columns filled. The next column has the name and house number of the landowner. Note that the house number, where given is at the end of the name, not in a separate column. So the line with parcel #14 was owned by Schlacter, Wolf who lived in House Number 27. Note on this page that two parcels (lines) are splits from an original parcel number. So for example, the original parcel #1 (1st column) was split into 2 parcels in the 1819-20 survey.
7. School Records: fond 178, opis 2, (The RTR listing of 178/2/2800 is incorrect; Spravy 2800 goes to an unrelated document type.)
* 178/2/2260: school records 1884, 15 pgs REVIEWED AND OF NO VALUE
* 178/2/3259: school records 1894~1912, 72 pgs REVIEWED AND OF NO VALUE
* 178/2/3495: school records 1898~1911, 71 pgs REVIEWED AND OF NO VALUE
* 178/2/5308: school records 1916~1917, 140 pgs REVIEWED AND OF NO VALUE
* 178/2/5345: school records 1918, 10pgs REVIEWED AND OF NO VALUE
We rejected most from the index series because they seemed strictly school financial business without likely reference to students or teachersWith AlexD we went through the 5 folders of records looking for names; almost everything was just summaries of school inspections in and around Rohatyn with no names of students or teachers. AlexD found in one folder a record of a Rohatyn town council meeting from 1912 covering several items, including a school activity and some business with a saloon. No names of students or teachers but the record is signed by town council members including a few known names; we'll send the best images of that one record in the next days; we photographed nothing else in the 5 folders. We also looked at Rohatyn administrative region school record index listings, and concluded none were for the city of Rohatyn, so requested none.
8. Town Council Invitation Feb 20, 1912: Fond 178, opys 2, sprava 3259 pages 68-69 AQCUIRED
9. A Jewish Book: Fond 701 FUTURE ACQUISITION
10. supporters of the educational Jewish association "Ognisko" (campfire), in its report for 1909-1910 TsDIAL, Fond 701, Opis 3, Sprawa 18.
11. The collection is Association for Assisting Jewish Students, Lvov Chapter. It is rather small - only 5 folders. FOND 499, Opis 1 at TsDIAL. One folder contains applications of several students from Eastern Galicia who were forced to study abroad (numerus clausus) and request financial support. One of them is Jozef Weiss
12. "Riunione Adriatica di Securta (RAS)" insurance company, Wloska spolka “Riunione Adriatica di sicurta”. Adriatyckie towarzystwo ubezpieczeñ w Tryjescie.
F. 442, descr. 1, case. 135, 1919 - –1939.
Insurance documents of the company Rosenzweig and Relis from Rohatyn,
Insurance documents of the company that belonged to Steil family.
Insurance documents of the company that belonged to David Liebling and Bernard Weiland.
From Alex D.
Fund 1, description 4a, cases 1357, 4065, 4064, 4844 – Vital statistics books
Fund 146, description 25, case 5212 – Jewish library
Fund 146, description 4, case 3062 – List of taxpayers
Fund 146, description 58, case 134 – Society of bakers and butchers
Fund 186, description 1, case 670 – List of land owners (1879)
Fund 146, description 25, case 5150 – Society of cloth manufactures
BTW, I used the term Spravy above, when referring to the items ordered and examined. The term "Delo" that you used (and in Miriam's work) is the old Soviet/Russian term. While the L'viv archive still knows the term obviously, they do not use it and prefer to use the Ukrainian terms.
STATE ARCHIVE OF LVIV OBLAST IN LVIV (DALO)
Address: Pidvalna St. 13, 79008, Lviv, Ukraine
Tel.: +38 (032) 272-07-14, 8 (032) 272-00-30;
Tel/fax: 8 (032) 272-78-70;
Information desk: 8 (032) 274-03-50
History of the University: http://www.lnu.edu.ua/general/about.htm
Fond 26: University of Lviv records 1850-1940; contains 16 lists (descriptions), each list contains hundreds of cases, each case containing numerous pages.
Fond 26, Delo 15, Opys 846: University of Lwow records 1917-1918
Fond 26, Delo 15, Opys 731,734: Students catalog 1923-1926
To enter DALO, Need special letter to director of archive from director of own university with stamp and signature; one in English and one in Ukrainian.
Example of letter attached below as DALO Permission Letter.
To photograph or scan, Need special permission for copying. Must bring own camera. No permission needed for writing.
Ordering of materials usually takes a week but in special situations, can take a day.
Above information from Ihor Zeman, student of Ivan Franko University in Lviv, email@example.com
Except of Lviv Polytechnika and Lviv University, oblast archive have huge amount of pre-1939 documents of various institutions of Lwow Province where important documents of genealogical interest can be found:
census records, passport applications, trade and business permissions, etc, etc, etc. For example, I have found there Zolkiew Census c.1880, applications for IDs and passports with photos for Sadowa Wisznia area.
You can get permission to work here from the director this is not a problem. Problems will begin when you will try to work: they don't have card file or any other directory , just list of fond names. After you will read this book of about 100 pages ( without any kind of index) and will find fond that might have some information for you, the next step will be to see the actual listing of records( so-called opys) of the fond you picked. Some opys are missing, miss placed etc. so it usually took 1-2 hours to get opys. Then, if you are lucky to find document you need, you will order it from the storage. Majority of documents will arrive from the storage next week so you schedule you next visit for the next week ( reading room works in Thursdays and Fridays only).
When you will arrive in a week in 50 % of cases you will learn that documents could't be found in the storage or they are in restoration. Thus you will spent your time and affords with no result. Majority of project I started with Lviv oblast archives ended up unfinished because I'm not satisfied with uncompleted research.
Telling honestly, I do not blame them because they really don't have enough workers in the storage and in reading room.
This archive desperately needs young and energetic director and staff because current people are either old or not interested.
This need to be investigated.
Address: vul. Kotlyarevskoho 30, Lviv, 79013 Ukraine
Telephone: +38 (032) 238-98-60, 238-98-61
Ada Dianova, Director: ada.hesed (at) gmail.com
Olga Fadeeva, Librarian: olgfad (at) yandex.ru
Olga, Museum Director: sunshinemom (at) bigmir.net
Houses Holocaust era personal papers of the Jewish community found in Rohatyn by the Director of the Internat (boarding school for children), Mr. Yaremkiv. Mr. Yaremkiv had collected and saved these hundreds if not thousands of scraps found during the recent renovation of the school buildings. These buildings have historic significance for many of our families because they were located in the Rohatyn Jewish ghetto under the Nazi occupation; one of these buildings housed the Judenrat. Marla Osborn negotiated the preservation of these papers by obtaining an agreement with the director to donate them to the Arie-Hesed Foundation.
ROHATYN RECORDS AT THE STEFANYK LIBRARY IN LVIV.
This needs to be investigated.
TOWN RECORDS AT OSSOLINEUM
IVAN FRANKO NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF LVIV
Possible source of alumni records
Website listing Inter-war Gymnaziums in Lwow in Ukrainian: http://www.lwow.com.pl/semper/gimnazja.html
English Translation attached below as Lwow gymnasiums eng
ROHATYN RECORDS AT THE STATE ARCHIVE OF IVANO-FRANKOVSK OBLAST IN IVANO-FRANKOVSK
Address: STATE ARCHIVES IVANO- FRANKIVSK, Sagajdachnogo Str, 42 A , Ivano-Frankivsk, 76007 Ukraine
Street alternatives: Vul. Sahaidachny, 42; вул. Сагайдачного, 42
Contact: Andriy Fetsynets
Contact E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal Email: email@example.com
Working hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00-17:00
Also Roman Wasillowich, a history PHD student who is willing to do research. His English is weak.
work address: Vul. Shevchenka Street, 57
work +380 (342) 596-146
mobile +380 (96) 804-2513
home +380 (342) 508-736
According to the Routes to Roots Foundation Database
1. Business Directory: 1926-1927
2. School Records: 1908-1913, 1919-1939 (located in Rogatin Poviat; fond 269, opis 1, delo 620; fond 271, opis 1, delo 2; fond 543; fond 573; fond 584)
3. Occupation Lists: 1937-1939 (located in Rogatin Poviat; fond 263, opis 1, delo 1618)
4. Local Government: 1933-1938 (located in Rogatin Poviat; fond 560)
5. Police Files: 1920-1930 (located in Rogatin Poviat; fond 131)
6. Property Owners: 1926-1927 (located in Rogatin Poviat; fond 38, opis 1, delo 209)
7. Kahal/Jewish Community Records: 1920-1939 (located in fond 2, opis 1, delo 2039,2048, 2051, 2054,2070, 2106, 2086; fond 2, opis 6, delo 571; fond 2, opis 11, delo 10;
fond 263, opis 1, delo 1618; fond 567, opis 1, delo 44)
8. Holocaust Records: 1941-1945 (located in Rogatin Poviat; fond P-98, opis 1, delo 6, 27)
9. Immigration Records: no years listed (located in Rogatin Poviat) Fond 2с/6 Opis 3 contain files for the issue of passports for the foreign trips (both business trips and permanent migration) of the residents of Stanislawow and wojewodstwo (circa 1921 - 1939), they contain the following information: DOB, places of birth, reasons for trips, destinations, names of parents, photos, etc
10. Voter Lists: 1933,1938 (located in fond 2, opis 1, delo 2039; fond 2, opis 7, delo 973)
11. Army Recruits: no years listed (located in Rogatin Poviat)
F 2 cr d 5 c 299 "registary cards of Rogatyn doctors", 26 pages. Jute on p 25 and 7.
F 2 cr d 5 c 233 "yearly dotors reports about the condition of healthprotection in counties" Jute on p 15.
F 2 d 3 c 1141 "Registration lists of Jewish organisations Galuomer, Gagzapr, in Stanislawow woyevodstwa 1931-37, 40 pages. Bronia Horn on p 18.
F 560 d 1 c 4 "case about property confiscation of hausoners Horn Dawid and Jonas in Rohatyn 1935", 9 pages.
1. Starostwo Powiatowe w Rohatynie. Fund 567. 1914-1925 years. … include some data on Jewish religious communities.
2. Sad grodzki w Rohatynie. Fund 560. 1933-1938.
3. Komenda powiatowa Policii Panstwowej w Rohatynie. Fund 71. 1925-1938. … includes the lists of families living in the villages and cities of Rohatyn povit (district), 1937.
4. Posterunek Policii Panstwowej w Rohatynie. Fund 131. 1920-1930.
5. Rada szkolna Powiatowa w Rohatynie. Fund 271, 1908-1933. … includes class register books for Rizdvjany village; the documents on the schools stuff – personal lists of teachers, their personal files; the lists of children born 1913-1925 for the villages Bovshiv, Zagir’ja Kniahinitske, Zhuravenky, Stratyn, Rizdvjany, Ruda, Javche.
6. Panstwowe Gimnazium im. Petra Skargi w Rohatynie. Fund 573. 1928, 1933. Includes the lists of teachers, etc.
7. Gmina wyznaniowa zydowska w Kniahynichach (povit Rohatyn). Fund 322. 1931-1938. Includes the list of tax-payers in the community 1932, 1936, 1938 with their professions.
The community included Kniahynichi, Vasjuchyn, Voskresinci, Gorodkiv, Degova, Dolyniany, Zagir’ja, Pomonjata, Psari, Javche villages.
In response to the possibility of Cadastral Maps in their archive, they stated there were none for Rohatyn in their archive and to ask the archive in Lvov.(Alex)
When I wrote them in March 2010 for records on Rohatyner Dr. Julia HORN, I received a reply in Ukrainian requesting a wire transfer of $40 US; however, the banking information they sent was incorrect, so the wire could not be effected. I wrote them again and they agreed to accept a $40 US postal money order. About 4 weeks later I received the requested records. (Marla)
The archive in IF is small and intimate.The archivists are friendly and are generally prepared to help. There is of course the issue of language . The catalogue is in Cyrillic letters, most of the documents are in Polish. Only one of the archivists speaks some English.
I was there with a Polish speaking cousin who was doing her own research; she helped me a lot. I would have done a lot better had I had a translator all the time for myself.Other than the personal research that I attempted to conduct (there are forty different binders with material connected to my father's family) we found home owners' lists organized according to streets in IF, property owners' books, and quite a lot of documents regarding the activities of Jewish organizations.(Alex from Rachel)
ROHATYN RECORDS AT THE ROHATYN DISTRICT ARCHIVES
Rohatyn District Archives (RAHS)
Halitzka Street #73
Rohatyn, Ukraine 77000
(photo by Ruthy Erez taken 3/2010)
RAHS - all records under 75 yrs old
One has to contact nearest Ukrainian Consulate or Ukrainian Embassy. You need to obtain a
PRIVACY RELEASE. There is a charge of appx $75. Then you can submit you request. BUT I
think w/o knowing for sure the exact place of birth, you are throwing your money away, because
there is no refund if they do not find the document if the town or village is not correct.
To read about the RAHS in general, go to page 21 (or page 56 in the document) in this pdf file
ROHATYN DISTRICT LIBRARY
I. Franko Street, #8
Rohatyn, Ukraine 77000
Tel: 8(03435) 2-19-93, 2-10-60
(photo by Ruthy Erez taken 3/2010)
ROHATYN CITY LIBRARY
Shevchenko Street, #111
Tel: 8(03435) 2-42-97
(photo by Ruthy Erez taken 3/2010)
Additionally, some village records for Stanislawow/Ivano-Frankivska oblast are part of
Lubaczow > Poland.
RESEARCHERS IN POLAND AND UKRAINE