Vera Ivanova Miller, who several months ago authored Genealogy at a Glance: Russian Genealogy Research (now in its second printing), has returned with the companion title, Genealogy at a Glance: Ukrainian Research. Demand for the new laminated folder should be brisk inasmuch as 600,000 Ukrainians emigrated to the U.S. and Canada prior to World War I alone, with another quarter-million arriving during the interwar years.
Among this new publication’s features, Ms. Miller provides a brief history of Ukrainian emigration and a chronology of milestones in the history of the Ukraine before, during, and after Soviet occupation. She also discusses Ukrainian naming patters and religious groupings. One of the most important sections covers the diverse number of ethnic groups within the Ukraine, even within the single section of Galicia. Similarly, Ukraine borders the countries of Belarus, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia and Slovakia, and, as the author explains, these adjacencies can be vital in learning an ancestor’s ancestral homeland. Still other features of this invaluable starting point for Ukrainian research cover online mapping sources for keeping track of boundary changes, Soviet-era databases, holdings of the Ukrainian Archives, and census, vital, naturalization, and other records. As she did with her Russian guide, Vera Miller has added a quick guide to the Ukrainian alphabet, numerous listings of important web sites, and special tips followed by the experts.
Finally, owing to the numerous wars, annexations, and population movements that have taken place in and around the Ukraine, Russia, and Poland over hundreds of years, many researchers will want to own not only the new guide to the Ukraine but also Vera Miller’s guide to Russia and expert genealogist Rosemary Chorzempa’s guide to Poland.