Ukraine Military Records
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Memory Books of Soldiers from Ukraine During WWII
Kнигa памяти украины is a Russian-language site that identifies more than 700,000 soldiers, guerrillas, partisans and underground members from Ukraine who fought and died in World War II. A typical entry shows the person’s name, year of birth, town of residence (sometimes street address), rank and branch of service, and circumstances of death.
The Family History Library has a good collection of published books from which this information is extracted. Click here for the listing.
Research use: Hard to research because lists are arranged chronologically by district. However, they serve as a census substitute for males.
Population coverage: 15-40% depending on the time period.
Record type: A military record of conscripts.
General: Lists of those being called up for military service. Drafting of selected groups began earlier but as of January 1, 1874, all 21-year-old males were subject to military service. Conscription occurred each year in October. Initially, the term of service was 6 years active and 9 years reserve. The length of active duty was reduced to 5 years in 1876 and then varied between 3-5 years thereafter. Deferments were granted for only sons, sole breadwinners, etc. More than 50 percent of the draftees were not inducted.
Time period: 1874-1920.
Contents: Name of the draftee, birth date, religion, marital status, literacy; later lists include names of father and brothers, and the brother’s ages.
Location: State archives.
- The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Ukraine,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 2001.