Huge genealogical database of Ukrainians born in 1650–1920 opens online

A huge database of people born in the territory of contemporary Ukraine between 1650 and 1920 became available online this week. Its opening crowned the four-year efforts of activists to digitize, systematize, and assemble countless entries from historical documents—but is not the final point of the project.

The database includes 2.56 mn people and is expected to reach 4 to 5 mn in 2019. The access to its contents is and will remain free of charge. The sources of data are manifold: birth registers, fiscal and parish censuses, lists of nobility, voters, the military, and victims of repressions, address directories, and other documents produced under the Tsardom of Muscovy, Russian and Habsburg Empires, Poland and the Soviet Union. A Roman-letter version of the data index is reportedly to be enabled in the coming months.

All the users who register profiles on the project’s website can construct their own family trees. Nearly 18 thousand trees have been created in the first couple of days following the official inauguration of the site. Since July 2017, the analytical engine will automatically compare the information from various trees and suggest additions to the users, which means that the site will operate as a genealogical social network.

The project founder is the Ukrainian IT businessman Igor Hoszowski. A historian by training, he has studied his ancestry for many years and achieved spectacular success.

The personal experience of genealogical searches inspired his online project. When working in the archives, Hoszowski worried that the bundles of old paper could turn to dust with time or their entries could become unreadable. Our forefathers are with us, he believes, as long as we remember their names. So he decided to launch a platform that would preserve this information for the future and be easily accessible to the public.

Everyone can support the project via donation or volunteer participation in the indexation of the scanned documents.

Celebrate Independence Day with Free Access to

June 28, 2017—Boston, Massachusetts—Family historians and genealogists—declare your independence this holiday week from an incomplete family tree! Search and browse free among 1.4 BILLION names on, the award-winning website of NEHGS.

From 12:00 a.m. (EDST) on Thursday, June 29th, through 12:00 p.m. midnight (EDST) on Thursday, July 6th, you’ll have complete freedom to roam through all of the online databases on—with only a Guest Registration. These databases include vital records (state, church, cemetery, and more), U.S. census records, genealogical journal articles, probate records, and other collections which can help advance your research.

Already a Guest Member of NEHGS? Your password is your passport to freedom—and to many new discoveries. As a NEHGS member—share this cry for independence with family and friends and invite them to join the celebration.

Hear, hear! Here’s your link to freedom.

Introduction to the PGSMA Genealogy Research Library – An Invitation


Please join us for a taste of wine and cheese and an introduction

to docents, resources and collections

of the Genealogy Research Library

of the Polish Genealogy Society of Massachusetts

at the Polish Center of Discovery and Learning

33 South Street, Chicopee MA

4:00 – 6:00 pm, Thursday, June 29, 2017

preceding our (rescheduled) June Meeting


Click on this link for more information about us:

The Irish Cultural Center Presents The Young Dubliners in Concert – 8/11/17

The Irish Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts presents The Young Dubliners in concert on August 11, 2017 at the Holyoke Elks Lodge, 250 Whitney Ave, Holyoke, MA. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Cash bar is available.  Tickets are general admission, table seating. Cost is $18 for ICC Patrons, $20 for general public, $25 at the door. Tickets are available online or by calling the Irish Cultural Center at 413-333-4951. Online ticket sales end at 9:00 am on August 11.

For further information and to purchase tickets, visit

American Ancestors Database News Announces a Transcription Challenge!

As American Ancestors works on putting the Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1798-1900 online, we occasionally run into some words or names that are very hard to decipher.  Our volunteers and proofreaders do their very best to turn these scribbles into viable names, but occasionally we all get stumped.  Sometimes if you stare at the name for a long enough time, you can figure out what name it’s supposed to be, so we’re enlisting your help.

Each week we will post some transcription challenges, with the problem names circled.  Each problem name will be numbered.  You can comment on the page with your idea of what the problem name should be, referencing the number of the problem name.

Would you like to help?  If so, follow this link to The Announcement, or this link to The Transcription Challenge Page.