Ukraine Civil Registration

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Online Records[edit | edit source]

*1784-1879 - Ukraine Births and Baptisms, 1784-1879 - free
*1784-1879 - Ukraine, Select Births and Baptisms, 1784-1879 - ($)
*1789-1905 - Galicia, Ukraine, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1789-1905 - ($)
*1918-1922 - Ukraine, Sumy Civil Registers, 1918-1922 - free, images only,br> *1942 - Rovno, Ukraine, Victims Killed in the Kostopol Forest, 1942 - ($)

Offices to Contact[edit | edit source]

Civil registration offices exist at the local and regional levels. Copies of local registrations are sent to regional offices.

"Determine address of local Civil Registry Office. Ukraine is divided into 24 "oblast" (provinces), the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the cities of Kyiv and Sevastopol. These are further divided into 490 secondary administrative units called "raion" (district) and "misto" (city). Each of these has its own Civil Registry Office, known by their acronyms "RATS" in Ukrainian and "ZAGS" in Russian."[1] The Ministry of Justice provides links to the websites of all these offices on its website.

Ministry of Justice of Ukraine
13, Gorodetskogo Str.
Kiev, Ukraine 01001
Telephone: +38 (044) 278-37-23
Fax: +38 (044) 271-17-83
Application form

List of civil registry offices

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

The Bureau of Civil Status Acts (ZAGS) creates and maintains civil registration. The bureau is subordinate to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and is separate from the national archive system.

Registration of births must be done within two months of birth and deaths within three days.

Registration offices are collocated with "marriage palaces" permitting the registration and performance of weddings to occur at the same place and time.

Coverage and Compliance[edit | edit source]

Time period: 1920-present.

Population coverage: Low for the first decade of registration, then 85% thereafter. The civil war of the early Soviet period inhibited registration. For two years it was not enforced. The system was established first in urban and later in rural areas. Gaps persisted through 1926. Civil registration broke down in the occupied areas during World War II, and some registers were burned.[2]

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]


  • Date of birth, including time of day
  • Names of principal and parents
  • Occupation and religious preference of parents
  • Name of informant
  • Place of residence for parents


  • Date of marriage
  • Names of principal and parents
  • Occupation and religious preference of parents
  • Names of witnesses for marriages
  • Places of residences of the groom and bride


  • Date of death
  • Names of principal and parents
  • Occupation and religious preference of parents
  • Place of residence of the deceased
  • Age at death
  • Cause of death
  • Place of burial

In the Moscow regional office there is a card index to the registers. This suggests the possibility of other indexes existing in other registration bureaus.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Legal Beagle, c2020, Leaf Group Ltd. / Leaf Group Media, All Rights Reserved.
  2. 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.