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The Ukrainian Genealogical Society recommends the following reference items to the genealogist and family researcher. This page is still under construction, so make a point of checking back often to view our progress.

Sources for Researching Ukrainian Family History by Paul J. Himka
This book may not always be in stock, but a search will be done to find additional copies. Cost = \$ 7.85 + s/h (US dollars).

In Search of Your European Roots 2nd ed. by Angus Baxter
This work is designed to guide the reader through the complexities of genealogical research in Europe, whether done in person or by correspondence. It covers the various types of genealogical records available in each country, where they are found and how they are used. With up-to-date information on church, state, and provincial archives (including current addresses), and a discussion of the characteristics of each area and the ways in which they affect the research process, it opens up great possibilities for tracing ancestors in Europe. Described in detail are the archival resources of each country from the national to the local level; the location of church records and census returns; the systems of civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths; and how to find and use such records as certificates of domicile, orphan lists, emigration registers, guild records, internal passports, confirmation records, and even vaccination lists. This revised edition includes new chapters on Germany and the countries of Eastern Europe, as well as changes affecting virtually every other country on the Continent. Cost = \$ 16.95 + s/h.

Borderland : A Journey Through the History of Ukraine by Anna Reid
Combines historical research with travel and interviews in Ukraine to expose layer after layer of myth and propaganda that wrap this divided land. This vivid book tells the story of Ukraine by taking the reader there. Talking to peasants and politicians, rabbis and racketeers, dissidents and paramilitaries, survivors of Stalin's famine and of Nazi labor camps, Anna Reid charts Ukraine's tragic past and explores its struggle to build a national future.

Jewish Roots in Ukraine and Moldova : Pages from the Past and Archival Inventories (The Jewish Genealogy Series) by Miriam Weiner
From earliest dawn, mankind has been driven by the insatiable urge to assure proof of his presence and continuity by leaving a record, from cave drawings to the historical notes buried under the Warsaw Ghetto in World WarII. Cast out to an often foreboding world, the Jewish people have become masters of the archives. Between the world wars, the Soviet Union isolated its Jewish minority. They were shorn of their synagogues, schools, books and most vestiges of Jewish life. We did not know if a Jewish community still existed. As a result of the Holocaust and the wars, documentation became more and more difficult to come by. Miriam Weiner, a courageous and brilliant historian and archivist, has haunted the archives of Eastern Europe, painstakingly piecing together the world that was. Here she has memorialized hundreds of shtetls and towns through document examples and photographs. Her earlier book on Polish Jewry alerted us to the fact that she was equal to the task. "Jewish Roots in Ukraine and Moldova" is part of a masterwork of love and remembrance, so important to me and my children. Cost = US$60.00 + s&h.

Cyndi's List : A Comprehensive List of 70,000 Genealogy Sites on the Internet by Cyndi Howells
Banking on the success of the first print edition (LJ 9/1/99), author and webmaster Howells returns with a substantially expanded print version of her popular web site ( Two volumes now accommodate the 30,000 additional sites and more than 150 categories of all things genealogical, including "Genealogy Standards & Guidelines," "Poorhouses & Poverty," and "Web Rings." Each category organizes its related links into subcategories, with many of the links followed by brief annotations. Readers will find links to topics as diverse as the Bulgarian royal family, Pennsylvania land records, and Dutch immigrant ships to Canada. As with the first edition, the "Personal Home Pages" category has been omitted and the "U.S. Counties, Localities and Regions" sections were condensed to save space. Obviously, the online version is and always will be more complete and current (at this writing it tops 100,000 links), but for beginning researchers or for those who prefer to browse the list at their leisure, this work serves as an excellent reference tool. Recommended for genealogy collections. Elaine M. Kuhn, Allen Cty. P.L., Ft. Wayne, IN

Genealogy Online, Millennium Edition
by Elizabeth Powell Crowe
The increasing number of online genealogy sites and tools allows today's searchers to seek and locate thousands of pages of data in a way they could not have imagined some 20 years ago. Yet even computer-savvy genealogists may not be fully utilizing the many resources available to them. In the most recent edition of her best-selling guide, Crowe, a former contributing editor to Computer Currents, aims to instruct all levels of researchers on the joys and perils of online genealogy. Similar to Cyndi Howells's Netting Your Ancestors (LJ 3/1/98) in its introductory discussions of technical issues and online tools, Crowe's first three chapters cover what readers will need to know to begin online genealogy research selecting the necessary hardware and software; choosing an ISP; understanding browsers, e-mail, and spam; and learning to organize family data. Two very helpful chapters on Usenet newsgroups and genealogy mailing lists follow, with explanations of their workings and descriptions of the more popular lists to explore. Crowe then covers the major online resources that researchers would do well to investigate. A glossary of error messages, computer-related terms, and emoticons rounds out the book. With her thorough but not overwhelming descriptions, Crowe provides genealogists with a solid roadmap for successful searching. Libraries currently owning earlier editions will want to purchase this one for the updated information. Recommended for public and genealogy library collections. Elaine M. Kuhn, Allen Cty. P.L., Ft. Wayne, IN

Redrawing Nations: Ethnic Cleansing In East-Central Europe, 1944-1948
by Philipp Ther (Editor), Ana Siljak (Editor)

After World War II, some 12 million Germans, 3 million Poles and Ukrainians, and tens of thousands of Hungarians were expelled from their homes and forced to migrate to their supposed countries of origin. Using the latest archival materials from Polish, Ukrainian, Russian, Czechoslovak, German, British, and American archives, the contributors to this book provide a sweeping, detailed account of the turmoil caused by the huge wave of forced migration during the nascent Cold War. The book also documents the deep and lasting political, social, and economic consequences of this traumatic time, raising difficult questions about the effect of forced migration on postwar reconstruction, the rise of Communism, and the growing tensions between Western Europe and the Eastern bloc. Those interested in European Cold-War history will find this book indispensable for understanding the profound-but hitherto little known-upheavals caused by the massive ethnic cleansing that took place from 1944 to 1948.

The Ukrainians : Unexpected Nation
by Andrew Wilson
This book is the most acute, informed, and up-to-date account of Ukraine and its people available today. Andrew Wilson focuses on the complex relations between Ukraine and Russia and explains the different versions of the past propagated by Ukrainians and Russians. He also examines the continuing debates over identity, culture, and religion in Ukraine since its independence in 1991.
As in many postcommunist states, politics in Ukraine revolves around the issue of national identity. Ukrainian nationalists see themselves as one of the world's oldest and most civilized peoples, as "older brothers" to the younger Russian culture. Yet Ukraine became independent only in 1991, and Ukrainians often feel like a minority in their own country, where Russian is still the main language heard on the streets of the capital, Kiev.

Carpatho-Ukraine in the Twentieth Century : A Political and Legal History
by Vikentii Shandor, Vincent Shandor

Some Archival Sources for Ukrainian Jewish Genealogy (Avotaynu Monograph Series)
by Aleksander Kronik (Editor), Sallyann Amdur Sack

Peasants in the Promised Land : Canada and the Ukrainians, 1891-1914
by Jaroslav Petryshyn

Polin : Focusing on Galicia : Jews, Poles, and Ukrainians
by Israel Bartal (Editor), Antony Polonsky (Editor)

East of the Red : early Ukrainian settlements, 1896-1930
by Michael Ewanchuk

Searching For Place : Ukrainian Displaced Persons, Canada, and the Migration of Memory
by Lubomyr Y. Luciuk

A History of Ukraine
by Paul Robert Magocsi
A readers review:
"Mr. Magocsi's "History of Ukraine" often takes a second billing to Mr. Subtelny's "Ukraine: A History" - and I think, unfairly. Both have a lot to offer, and frankly, no passionate student of Ukrainain history should choose one over the other. He or she should get both. A wealth of information, and first rate scholarship are impressive."

Ukraine : A History
by Orest Subtelny, Orest Subteiny
First published in 1988, Orest Subtelny's Ukraine: A History has again been newly updated in a third edition. This 736 page volume spans from the earliest times to the modern day, covering everything from ancient Greek colonization to the recent Ukraine diaspora. Orest Subtelny (Professor of History and Political Science at York University) goes into extreme depth and detail with a text that is significantly enhanced with maps, tables, and the occasional black-and-white photograph. Highly recommended for its lucidity, meticulous attention to detail, and scholarly precision, Ukraine: A History is a "must" for anyone who wants to learn about this fascinating land and its people.

Ukrainian : A Complete Course for Beginners
by Olena Bekh, James Dingley, Jame Dingley
A reader's review:"I had monopolized this book from the local library all summer, then finally purchased my own copy. It is a good way to learn some basic Ukrainian. I found it more relevant than some of the other books I had borrowed. The pronunciation guide was very helpful, as was showing the cursive alphabet. I also ordered the tape, not received yet, because it will be useful to hear the oral portion instead of bothering relatives all the time."

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