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Volhynia related sites ( top )
- Quite a lot of information about Volhynia (German language!) you will find here: http://www.wolhynien.de There are also lists with names of dispossessed people published 1916 in the newspaper "Wolinskija Gubernskija Wdomosti", concerning the Ostrog region:
Michailowka http://www.wolhynien.de/villages/micha_o.htm but also other villages.
- Dave Obee's Family History Page http://members.home.net/daveobee/index.html
- For general genealogical help for Germans from Volhynia, I recommend that you look at the SGGEE sites http://www.sggee.org It stands for Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe. Watch for the link that will take you to the extractions of Lutheran records for Volhynia. This should be a big help for your research.
- American Historical Society of Germans From Russia AHSGR http://www.ahsgr.org/
Online searchable databases ( top )
- Pixel http://pixel.cs.vt.edu/library/search.html.
- Amburger Archiv with names of persons that migrated from Germany to Russia. It contains data of about 100.000 foreigners in the Russian empire prior to 1917. http://www.lrz-muenchen.de/~oeihist/abfrage.htm
- The following may be of interest to those of you with ancestry that tracks back through Posen. As part of a Polish Roots.com project, a group of volunteers have been transcribing data from old school records in the following Posen towns:
Bromberg - Bydgoszcz (3 schools), Hohensalza - Inowroclaw, Kolmar (or Chodziesen)- Chodziez, Krotoschin - Krotoszyn, Meseritz - Miedzyrzecz, Pleschen - Pleszew, Posen - Poznan, Rawitsch - Rawicz, Scho(e)nlanke - Trzcianka, Schrimm - Srem, Tremessen - Trzemeszno, Wollstein - Wolsztyn, Wongrowitz - Wagrowiec. Most of the names are Germanic but there are a moderate number of Polish and Jewish names throughout. Information for each name may include birthdate, birthplace, religion, father's name and occupation, and future careers. Some records only include names, but most contain more information. The data is searchable through http://polishroots.com/posen_school_search.htm
- Missing persons of World War II
Place search ( top )
- Search for place names worldwide. Also finds places with few inhabitants. In addition, there are descriptions, satellite photos, weather indication, degree of latitude and neighboring towns as well as links to map material for these places, geographic position in Latitude and Longitude, altitude in meters and feet http://www.calle.com/world
- Towns and cities in Ukraine http://www.calle.com/world/ukraine/index.html
- A very long list of German Russian villages is kept here http://pixel.cs.vt.edu/library/refs/link/villhelp.txt
- There is a website you can use to get an idea of what some of the boundaries were during different time periods for Poland. Go to http://maxpages.com/poland and click on the Maps and Towns Poland page.
- This site has the names of quite a lot of towns. It's in Polish but it should be navigated even if you can't read Polish the town names are quite distinctive http://www.cnl.pl/Regiony/Inne/index.htm#add
- Geographic position (including neighbouring villages) http://www.heavens-above.com/countries.asp
- Place names in the 19th century, including Germany, Poland, Hungary, Romania http://www.genealswiss.net/
- Index of the German villages 1895
- GeoServer - Place names in Germany. Simply send a mail which includes the name of the searched place as text to firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about handling you get with the answer, which arrives most of the time after some seconds to your email address or have a look on the Genealogy-Server under http://www.genealogy.net/gene/misc/geoserv.html
- Falk Online - Place names in Germany http://www.falk-online.de/go_routing.html
- Mapquest - Search for place names worldwide - smaller villages are not always found http://www.mapquest.com/
- Mapblast - resembling Mapquest http://www.mapblast.com/
- Expedia - resembling Mapquest http://maps.expedia.com/
- ShtetlSeeker - for Middle and East Europe, gives old and new name of the place. Phonetic search is possible http://www.jewishgen.org/ShtetlSeeker/loctown.htm
- GOV - Genealogic place name register (under construction) http://gov.genealogy.net/
- Precise, simple and extensive search for place names in West Prussia http://www.westpreussen.de/ (under construction)
- East and West Prussia Gazetteer (place names in West and East Prussia) http://www.progenealogists.com/germany/prussia/
GULAG lists ( top )
- For those who are interested in Poles/GULAG lists: There are two special databases containg data on Polish internees who were prisoned in POW camp No207 in Borovichi, Novgorod oblast, USSR in 1944 - 1949 (5800 persons) and in Stalinogorsk, Moscow oblast, USSR in 1944 - 1949 (6300 persons). Those people were mostly members of Armiya Kraiova. The lists are at http://www.memo.ru/history/POLAcy/vved/Index.htm (in Russian).
- Search for especially Polish/Ukrainian/Russian and other relatives lost in GULAG camps (sites contain just a small part of information of hundreds thousand people repressed by Soviets). Visit http://www.memo.ru/, as far as I know they have an English version, but the lists are commonly in Russian. Nationality not always presents in the records, usually surname, place of origin and sentence passed by court on the person. Some records are very detailed and includes date and place of birth, social origin (opportunity), some info on family history, court sentence and (seldom) place and date of death and (very seldom) burial place. Most of them are made up by region (see below listed alphabetically by region):
Altay region: http://www.memo.ru/memory/altai/index.htm
Astrakhan' region: http://adm.astranet.ru/Memory/default.asp
Iamalo-Nenetsky region: http://www.memo.ru/memory/yamal/index.htm
Irkutsk region: http://www.memorial.ru/lists/irkutsk/frame.html and http://memory.irk.ru/mart/
Kazan' region: http://kazan.memo.ru/spisok.htm
Khanty-Mansiisky region: http://www.memo.ru/memory/hunty/index.htm
Krasnoiarsk region: http://www.memorial.krsk.ru/martirol/1.htm
Magadan region: http://www.memo.ru/memory/magadan/index.htm
Mari-El region: http://fmf.marsu.ru/repressii/spiski_A.htm and http://www.memo.ru/memory/mari/index.htm
Moscow region: http://www.memo.ru/memory/preface/preface.htm
Nizhny Tagil region: http://www.memo.ru/memory/tagil/index.htm
Novokuznetsk region: http://www.kuzbass.ru/nkz/stalinsk/list.htm
Omsk region: http://www.memo.infomsk.ru/baza_m.htm
Samara region: http://www.memo.ru/memory/samara/index.htm
Smolensk region: http://admin.smolensk.ru/~tanya/index1.htm
Sverdlovsk region: http://www.memo.ru/memory/ekater/index.htm
Tiumen region: http://www.memo.ru/memory/tumen/index.htm
Tomsk region: http://www.memorial.tomsk.ru:8101/book/index1.htm
Tula region: http://www.memo.ru/memory/tula/index.htm
Tver' region: http://www.memo.ru/memory/tver/index.htm
Yaroslavl' region: http://www.memorial.yaroslavl.ru/spisky/All_alfavit/spisky_po_fio_frame.htm
There is also list of Orthodox priests - subjects of Soviet repressions: http://www.pstbi.ru/cgi-bin/code.exe/martyrs.htm?ans (sometimes timeout)
Poles in GULAG system in Krasnoiarsk region, USSR, 1920-1930s, at http://www.memorial.krsk.ru/index1.htm (in Russian) (sometimes timeout).
Translation ( top )
- PROMT's Online Translator Russian German English
- A translation help which is not perfect but for some texts sufficing
- English to Ukrainian
- Translation service via genealogy.net (only genealogic textes with up to 40 lines at 60 signs per line). The text you wish to have translated must be in plain text, no HTML, no attachments! In the first line must be the source and the aimed language in the following form: #GER>POL for a translation of a german text into a polish text (the #sign is important!). Translations are available for the following languages: Czech (CZE), English (ENG), French (FRE), German (GER), Polish (POL). - (in brackets the language abbreviations). The mail has to be sent to email@example.com and is transmitted to the corresponding translator. If all translators are busy, the mail is sent into a waiting list and the despatcher gets a hint message back. In the waiting list there are up to 5 mails of the same sender possible. Due that the translations are made by volonteers there is no guarantee for the correctness. More information at http://www.genealogy.net/gene/misc/translation.html
- Dictionary that translates English to Polish and Polish to English, but only one word each time. This one uses the diacritical marks. http://www.ectaco.com/online/?refid=1068
They also have them for these languages:
Albanian, Arabic, Czech, Dutch, Estonian, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Latvian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Yiddish
- A site where you can transcribe manually yourself from Polish to Russian:
- There's a good Latin-English dictionary. It allows you to browse the word list, so you can make several guesses as to what the priest scribbled.
- Tranlation service "TransServ"
- FreeTranslation.com is an easy-to-use site for rapid translations where you can get the "gist" of foreign language text and web pages. It should be quite accurate in translating from English to Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, and Norwegian
- Even more languages you can choose to translate to and from has "Babel Fish". Enter up to 150 words for translation
- If you seek extensive descriptions and much supplementary information about a certain concept, you can have different dictionaries arranged of more than 100 http://www.onelook.com/at
- If you are interested in translations of complete texts within the European linguistic area, speech recognition of unknown concepts, crossword puzzle, library and thesaurus for dictionaries from 240 languages, for about 40 languages from Altaic, North Caucasian for Dravidian for Chukhot-Kamchatkan for Sino-Tibetan for Semitic family you should look here. http://www.yourdictionary.com/
- A specific search could be absolutely successful but unfortunately it also can need much time, though. Very simple with a great choice of dictionaries, in which also unusual languages like Mingo, Tibetisch and Hawaiian (67 different constellations) are represented is at http://www.woerterbuch.at
- Many languages, one dictionary: knows the English word "water" among other things also in German, Arabic, Farsi Greek, Korean or Russian http://www.ectaco.com/
- Multilingual dictionaries
PONS, as one of the the multilingual dictionaries, gives you an extremely exact translation. You will only find the constellations German-English, German Italian and vice versa but they are available free of charge. However, PONS offers also phonetic spelling, a list for as well as similar words with the sought-after idea of obliged sayings (e.g. let the cat from the bag). PONS also finds concepts economy, politics and right from the areas.
- If you are more interested in the political or economic sector, you should have a look at this German-English/-Italian/-Spanish/-French dictionary. Zeres does not offer services like example phrases and phonetic spelling or translate several words simultaneously, but it finds almost everything.
- German-English/English-German dictionaries
The probably best known and most extensive such on-line dictionary, a service of the faculty for computer science of the technical university of Munich, is Leo. Leo knows many concepts from various subject areas, provides useable results of inclusive clear example phrases and makes it possible for the user to let translate several (also unzusammenhängende) words simultaneously.
- If you need indices or a possibility to organize the results Servus is better. Servus searches with the help of Leo, but tolerates up to two faults. Servus also offers examples. http://cron.servus.at/
- Less words but more service. Here you can translate complete words or parts of it. Faults are possible too. This dictionary in addition offers word lists which alphabetically contain lined-up translations to different topics (music theory, animals, chess, illnesses, ...) what can be very practical from time to time
- Monolingual dictionaries
If you need a paraphrase in the English language, an explanation (unfortunately no phonetic spelling) you will find a solution for this problem at Wordsmyth. If Wordsmyth doesn't know a word it refers you to OneLook
- Special dictionaries
Here beautiful strange worlds open - a dictionary of the language of flowers. For example send the corresponding ostrich for a low consideration to Iran within few days. Unfortunately, many links on the left lead to advertising sides for special dictionaries with costs which can be requested via WWW
- Technical dictionaries published by universities:
collection of mathematical concepts, German-English
German-English dictionary to ideas of the constructive engineer building
dictionary from the film world, you can choose of 19 languages
ideas of the Austrian dialect can be established either in an alphabetical list or by a search within a region
- Without words
Chat ( top )
- Khmelnistsky chat (Russian language, but sometimes also in English)
Web Cams of Ukraine ( top )
- index page
Mega search engines ( top )
- Genealogy Mega Search Engines portal.
- SEARCH ENGINES - Genealogy
- Here's another mega search engine.
- A web site that does the mega search of some nine databases is
the Surname Navigator.
- Teoma - is a Gallic concept and means: Expert. Quite normal questions can be entered as an enquiry. The number of the callable documents moves at approx. 200 m. at the moment, increasing continuously!
Ukrainian Search Engines ( top )
- META Ukraine
- Search BRAMA Gateway Ukraine
- Search Engines
- SESNA Ukrainian Search Engine
- Kopilka - Ukrainian search engine
Russian Search Engines ( top )
- Russian Internet Search Engines
- Russian search engines, directories, classifields, webboards, and catalogs
- Search Engines of Russia
Polish Search Engines ( top )
Archives of Ukraine ( top )
- Ukrainian Archive website in English includes contact information for archives throughout Ukraine, a very useful "Q&A" section and a special section for "Genealogy."
- Site on research in Ukrainian Archives.
- Routes to Roots Foundation has a consolidated database showing what documents are held by which archives for which towns in Ukraine, Poland, Belarus, Lithuania, and Moldova. The site is aimed mainly at Jewish genealogists, but many of the resources they mention are useful to anyone researching in these areas. The database doesn't appear to list every type of record from every archive, but it still looks to be remarkably useful.
The Routes to Roots Foundation web site is at http://www.rtrfoundation.org
- The most current postal addresses and contact information for the different archives located in Ukraine and neighboring countries. Included are the addresses for the archives from the former Soviet Union. This may be invaluable if your research has uncovered an ancestor that served in some type of capacity within the former Soviet Union government or
services. To view the addresses, go to: http://www.rootsweb.com/~ukrgs/links.html
- STATE ARCHIVES AND ARCHIVE BODIES - locations of the Ukrainian archives
Name of the institution Address Consular requests to which the data can be given
Russian Archives ( top )
- The Russian Archive
Poland ( top )
- Archives inventory in Poland http://www.archive.nrw.de/archivar/2001-03/A04.htm
- Where to find records
- Website where you can check to see if the place of birth has a parish. The site gives the names of all the places in Poland where there are churches, shrines, temples and synagogues. It's at http://maxpages.com/provinces Use the search box at the bottom to see if the town/village is listed. If it is not listed, you may have the wrong spelling of the place.
- PGSA - Polish Letter Writing Guide
- Guide for Polish letters to a church
- A Guide to Reading letters from Archives
- Terminology used by the Polish Archives to help you in reading the replies you receive.
[This guide is excerpted from the book In Their Words. Vol. I: Polish. It is an edited version of an article that originally appeared as "Translating Letters from the Polish National Archives" by William F. Hoffman in the August, 1995 issue of Rodziny, The Journal of the Polish Genealogical Society of America. It is reprinted here with permission.]
- Prewar maps of SE Poland (i.e. Galacia in Austria-Hungary). Good maps covering this region and more were published shortly before WWI and these maps are available from a
variety of sources:
Germany ( top )
- Website for newcomers searching their German ancestors
- Information about archives in Germany. German Historical Institute in Washington
- Another good address with many links is at
- Archives in Germany
Old measurement units ( top )
Encyclopedia ( top )
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- Nupedia is an open content project that is attempting to build an Encyclopedia. Under the terms of the license you may freely use the content provided you give the appropriate credits.
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