Ukrainian Genealogical Society








About The Ukrainian Genealogical Society

The Ukrainian Genealogy Society was originally started in January 2001 as a means of helping those conducting Ukrainian genealogy research. The number of organizations and societies pertaining specifically to Ukrainian family research is limited. Many Internet sites exist that are focused toward Eastern European research, but Ukrainian-specific genealogy sites aren't as prevalent.

The Ukrainian heritage is a rich and proud one that deserves a higher place in the Eastern European genalogical hierarchy then it currently has. The UGS was founded in order to help uplift and improve the resources and information currently available for the Ukrainian genealogist.

Mission of The Ukrainian Genealogical Society

The Mission of The Ukrainian Genealogical Society is to

  • Encourage more Ukrainian family research.
  • To help those currently conducting such research.
  • To bring together those involved in Ukrainian genealogy and to share information pertaining to such research.
  • To improve the resources available to Ukrainian genealogists.
  • To offer a forum for exchange of ideas and potential solutions to common obstacles and concerns.
  • To offer a single organizational source for all of the different online Ukrainian web resources.

And finally, the UGS encourages groups within regions and locales to gather for discussion, exchange of information and ideas, and promotion of Ukrainian Genealogy.

UGS Sites on the Web

The Ukrainian Genealogical Society has created or sponsored many web sites to help the Ukrainian genealogist:

  • The Main Site (this URL) is the UGS homepage. Here you will find resources and information provided by UGS and its members.
  • The UGS Genealogy Portal is for use by visitors and members of the UGS Portal for their Ukrainian genealogical research. Information contained on the Portal is not provided exclusively by the UGS nor is it intended to serve as a UGS member's resource. Membership to the UGS Portal, considered separate from your UGS Membership, is also free and required in order to participate and utilize the UGS Portal.
  • Ukrainian Roots Genealogy Webring is a community of web pages pertaining to Ukrainian genealogy research and issues. Increase the exposure of your web site by joining with other's who have web sites devoted to Ukrainian genealogy.

The Founder

The Ukrainian Genealogical Society was founded by Taras R. Iwaniw. He is also the creator of the two Premier Ukrainian webrings on the Internet; Ukrainians on the Web, for Ukrainians with web sites pertaining to all things Ukrainian, and Ukrainian Roots, for Ukrainian genealogical web sites.

Being involved on the Internet for over 10 years, Taras noticed a blatant lack of Ukrainian Internet communities. While many other nationalities were represented on the Internet in overabundant numbers, Ukraine was sorely lacking. With the creation of the two webrings in 1997, Taras has actively promoted Ukrainian web pages pertaining to Ukrainian culture and heritage.

The sole purpose of The Ukrainian genealogical Society is to promote, enhance, and encourage more genealogical resources and information for the Ukrainian genealogist. Both on the Internet and off.

You can contact him by either sending an e-mail to him at or utilizing the methods listed on the Contacts Page.



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