Each religious institution (church, Catholic church, synagogue, etc.) recorded data on rites in a special register book.
The first part included information on newborns (date, name), their baptism, their parents, and godparents.
In the second part, data on weddings were recorded (full names of newlyweds, their age, origin, religion) and information about witnesses.
Data on deaths and burials were recorded in the third part.
If metric books of the village church are well preserved, there is no need in other documents to search for your ancestors.
These are data on tax audits used to calculate and pay taxes. This is why they were kept very accurate. They included data on entire families, age of family members, as well as their age at the time of the previous census. If someone died or was born between censuses, then this information was also recorded. If men were recruited, it was recorded in the book. If the family moved, data on its previous place of residence and the new location were recorded. The last - tenth - tax census was conducted in 1858.
If tax censuses are preserved in your locality, it is easy to build your family tree consisting of several generations going many centuries back.
1820Nalench Coat of Arms of Morawski’s family, from the nobility case file
State Archive of Khmelnytskyi Region.
1915Hospital card of a wounded soldier, World War I
Russian State Military History Archive, Moscow.
1938An act on the Execution of a Repressed Person
State Archive of Kirovohrad Region.
1941A Card of the Soviet prisoner of war with SHTALAG VIII E
Central Archive of the Ministry of Defense, Podolsk.
1944Rural Household Register from Dobryanka village council
1782Church records of the Uniate Church of Archangel Gabriel, Buznykuvate
Central State Historical Archive of Ukraine, Kyiv.
The search for ancestors in Ukraine and many other post-Soviet countries has its peculiarities.
Digitization of archival documents, which is customary for residents of North America and Europe, was blocked by legislation on personal data protection here. Mormons managed to digitize only 10-15% of genealogical information.
Therefore, in Ukraine, one may comprehensively work with archival documents only directly inside the archives.
This is where you need me - a researcher who virtually lives inside reading halls of various archives with a laptop in his hands.
At the same time, prices for my services will be a welcome surprise to you.