Main central archives of Ukraine

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Ukrainian archival institutions are divided into certain types, such as central, branch, regional, etc. Central archives take the lead in this system. We will give a brief description of some of these institutions below:

Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine in Kyiv (CSHAUK): the archive keeps a huge array of metric books and confessional registers for settlements of Kyiv Governorate and adjacent lands, metric books of churches, cathedrals, synagogues in Kyiv, some materials of the Rumyantsev seizure and other documents of the pre-Soviet period.


 Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine in Lviv (CSHAUKL): genealogical sources from Western Ukraine up to 1930s-1940s are kept in the archives. (in this part of Ukraine, church metric books were kept longer due to the later establishment of Soviet authority). For the convenience of users, there are separate catalogs of the metric books of Orthodox, Greek and Roman Catholic churches in Western Ukraine on the website of the archives.


Central State Archives of Supreme Authorities and Administration of Ukraine (CSASAAU): the archives hold documents from 1917 to the present day. There are funds with documents of the Verkhovna Rada, the Cabinet of Ministers, ministries, the National Bank, various enterprises and institutions of both the Soviet period and the Independence era in this institution. Fund 582 of CSASAAU contains all the sheets of the 1926 census preserved in Ukraine, which can also significantly help in the genealogy research.


Central State Archives of Public Associations of Ukraine (CSAPAU): an array of archival sources from the Soviet and post-Soviet period which include documents of the Central Committee of the Communist Party and other party organizations is in storage. In addition, here are the criminal cases of repressed persons (Kyiv and Kyiv region). The archive also concentrates a huge number of documents relating to the Soviet partisan movement during World War II.

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