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Have you ever wanted to have more information about your ancestors? What was their life like in Ukraine or Canada, what was their profession, what were their achievements, and where did they come from? Most people, especially as they grow older, have had these thoughts but do not know where to start their search. Some think that there are no records around, for them to search, especially if their ancestor’s village was destroyed during WW I and II.

Today, there is hope for people in these situations. First, there are Archives in Ukraine which have opened up to the public following the creation of the new Ukrainian state. Second, there is an organization for those interested in finding their Ukrainian roots, here in Toronto, called the Toronto Ukrainian Genealogical Group (TUGG).

TUGG operates out of the St Vladimir Institute, which is located at 620 Spadina Avenue, in Toronto.

TUGG provides lectures, guidance, assistance and instructions to its members. It undertakes research in the fields of Ukrainian genealogy and upon completion of such research, makes it known to the participants.

TUGG is a non-profit cultural and educational organization consisting of persons interested in tracing their ancestors, locating missing relatives, finding the origin and meaning of their surnames and gaining an overall knowledge of Ukrainian genealogy, heraldry, culture, ethnicity, history and geography,

Along with publishing a quarterly newsletter with information on Ukrainian genealogy it is also assembling and maintaining a library of related publications. TUGG also networks with other genealogy groups.

“Genealogy is a fascinating and rewarding field of research, which involves working like a detective. Our search for our roots gives us a window on our place in the world. If we do more than the basic list it can be interesting to ourselves and to our children and grandchildren. I believe that every person, every parent, should have at least a brief biographical outline to pass on to our children or our community.” -

-Andrew Gregorovich

Visit Our "Travel to Western Ukraine" Site

Read about the previous Tour to Ukraine
Here is a written account of the 2007 trip


Here is a YouTube Video of the Tour - Part One

Part Two


Here is a separate account of the archives we visited.

Ukrainian Letter-Writing Guide

Names and Places I am Searching

We are developing a database of Names and Places that people are searching. Our hope is to match names or places so that individuals can share their research or help each other when doing a search. Click on the following URL and it will take you to a form for submitting information to a database.

You do not need to be a TUGG member to participate. With more people submitting data, there is a greater likelihood of finding others doing a similar search. So, we welcome your input.

Names and Places Form

Оксана Білозір  - Свіча

Song for 75th Commemoration of the Holodomor in Ukraine 1932 1933

Sung on 17 November 2007

New six-part series on the Internment of Ukrainians during WWI

Upcoming Sessions of the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society


Courses and Workshops

OGS 2011 Conference

Encyclopedia of Genealogy

New Pages Added to Site

LDS Ukrainian/Polish Films in Vault at The Toronto Family History Center
at 24 Ferrand Drive in North York, Ontario

List of All LDS Resources in Vault

List of FHL Ukrainian/Polish Microfilms Permanently Stored at Etobicoke Branch at 95 Melbert Rd.

Villages Filmed by the LDS in The Ivano-Frankivs’k Oblast

Villages Filmed by the LDS in TheTernopil Oblast

Subject Bibliography: POLYPHONY: Bulletin of the Multiculturual History Society of Ontario - Ukrainian-Related Articles & Polish-Related Articles

INDEX for the "Istoryi Mist i Sil Ukrainskoi RSR (History of Cities and Villages in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic)"

The Geographical Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and other Slavic Countries

The Toronto Family History Centre Blog & Bulletins


I shook my family tree, a bunch of nuts fell out

I think my ancestors had several "bad heir" days

I think my family tree is a few branches short of full bloom

I'd rather look for dead people than have 'em look for me

If your family tree doesn't fork, you might be a redneck

I'm not crazy, but I may have lost my census!

I'm not stuck, I'm ancestrally challenged

I'm stuck in my family tree, and I can't get down

In MY family.... CRAZY is a relative term!

Okay, so I don't descend from anyone... now what?

Old genealogists never die, they just lose their census

Only a Genealogist regards a step backwards as progress

Shake your family tree and watch the nuts fall!

Sign of a redneck: circular family tree

Someday YOU'LL be an ancestor too!

Theory of relativity: If you go back far enough, we're all related

Most of my family roots are underground

Genealogy is the only hobby where dead people can really excite you

Genealogists never die, they just get filed away

My Grandfather was a few twigs short of a tree

Genealogists live in the past lane

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