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How to find information about those killed in World War II via the Internet

The Internet is a terrible thing. Harmful thing. The source of information that keeps a huge amount of pernicious and negative. But this is only one side of the coin. In the affairs of good and necessary Internet can be an invaluable assistant. One of these cases is the search for information about the dead and missing participants of the Great Patriotic War.

How to find information about those killed in World War II via the Internet

This article as a whole does not give any unique recipe and guarantee that you will succeed. But it allows you to prove that if you really want to and make a little effort, then, most likely, you will be able to find information about your loved ones who gave their lives for our homeland. In this case, do not even need to leave a comfortable chair.

First you need to collect the most accurate information about who you are going to look for. With this question you need to contact the representatives of the older generation. Last name, first name, patronymic, date and place of birth. This is a great help for future searches.

Well, now, actually touch on the topic of the Internet.

Below is a brief description of those sites where some of the largest databases of the dead and missing during the Great Patriotic War are stored. - this is a data bank of soldiers killed and missing in the period of the Great Patriotic War, called up from the territory of Kazakhstan. Here the following data is collected in alphabetical order: full name, date and place of birth, date and place of call, last duty station, rank, reason and date of departure.

The peculiarities of this site is that there will not open any additional data forms here. In fact, this is an online directory. It is very, very detailed and voluminous. The data is separated by alphabet. One page reflects 10 thousands of surnames. To speed up the search, you can advise you to press the key combination Ctrl + F when opening the page you need. A field will automatically appear in which you can score, for example, the surname you need. We press the Enter key, and the computer will automatically show the data that matches the one you entered. - this is without a doubt the largest databank on the Internet about the defenders of the Fatherland who died and went missing during the Great Patriotic War and the post-war period.

On the site you can find information about the rank of the deceased, the part in which he served, the date and cause of death (killed, died from wounds, went missing) and the place of burial.

Moreover, the site contains scanned copies of all processed source documents containing personal information.

These documents make it possible to identify with great accuracy the fallen, since they often contain additional information, in particular, the names and addresses of the relatives to whom the funerals were sent.

Within the framework of the project, more than 13,7 million sheets of archival documents and over 42 thousands of warrior passports were scanned and made available on the Internet.

This site presents several search options.

On the Advanced tab "Set Fate" You can find the data by simply specifying the name, date of birth and rank of the person.

On the Advanced tab "Advanced Search" You are given the opportunity to find the data about the deceased literally from fragments of information known to you To do this, just fill in the required fields for the search. In addition, in this tab you can choose in which specific types of scanned documents will be searched.

In extreme cases, you can use the tab "Feedback"where you can send your request to professionals involved in the work of collecting and filling out information for this site.

In addition, I would like to give you advice: do not be lazy to scroll through all the information that matches your request. On a personal example, the author of this article was convinced that the same person can appear in different archival documents available on this site. It is possible that in some of them you will find some very important information for you.

Below we compiled a list of links to sites where the data for the dead and missing in the war are stored, depending on the country in which they were called.


Belarus: since 2007, a catalog has been created on the dead and missing in the fields of war. But you can use it only by personal request to the Ministry of Defense of Belarus or local authorities.



Another place where information about the participant of the Great Patriotic War you need can be stored is books of memory. Most of them today are also scanned and posted on the Internet. Where can I find directories of these books of memory?

To begin, enter into the Internet search engine a query indicating the desired region. For example, "Kostanay region is a book of memory." If you are lucky, and such data is available, then further you will find the information you need.


Well, if there is no such book of memory, then you can search it in electronic databases, links to which will be given below. - a catalog of Internet links to various books on the memory of those killed on the margins of World War II compiled into a single list. Links are divided by region. - another catalog of Internet references to various books on the victims of the Great Patriotic War collected in a single list. Links are divided by region. - catalog of electronic books of memory. It is divided into separate topics, each of which contains books of memory from a particular region or country. - Another catalog of electronic books of memory. - very good and detailed text list of books of memory published in print. Books are also divided by region.

In addition to all the sources listed above, you can send requests for information to various state and regional archives.

Also, do not hesitate to contact your requests to regional groups registered on social networks. For example, you need to find a specific burial place or at least find out what state this cemetery is at the moment. Select the group where the townspeople living in the given locality are gathered, and give them your request. Believe me, there is a kind and understanding person who will either share the information you need, or spend 5 minutes of his time to find out what you are looking for.

That seems to be all. As you can see, in many regions and countries, data on the dead and missing in the margins of the Great Patriotic War is not only carefully collected, but also digitized in order to save for descendants who do not like to waste time browsing books, information about their loved ones who sacrificed their lives.

Perhaps, thanks to the above information, readers will discover some new pages from stories their families. Someone will be able to clarify the fate of their ancestors, learn about the place of their burial, and may, once visit their grave, in order to pay tribute to their immortal feat.

On the eve of the 70 anniversary of the Great Victory, such searches will be particularly relevant. A huge amount of data posted on the Internet. “No one is forgotten! Nothing is forgotten! ”Enough to find the right page on the Internet.

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  1. tobacco grower
    tobacco grower 17 March 2015 05: 03
    Many thanks to those who help to find the dead and missing, I can not find information about my grandfather, but I hope
    1. Georgy USSR
      Georgy USSR 17 March 2015 06: 59
      Quote: tobacco
      Many thanks to those who help to find the dead and missing, I can not find information about my grandfather, but I hope

      Somehow I was looking for data about my grandfathers who went missing one in the 41st second in the 44th, covered everything that was at that time, including paid sites but didn’t find anything. Thank you Doroshenko Yevgeny (Karavan) for the information provided, I hope at least now I’ll find out something
      1. Trailer
        17 March 2015 07: 39
        Today after lunch I will write a sequel. Some more good sites prompted me. Glad to help anyone.
        1. elmonje
          elmonje 17 March 2015 08: 40
          Good deed, thank you.
          1. WKS
            WKS 17 March 2015 12: 00
            Through "Memorial" I found in 2009 all the information about his relative who died in 1942 near Smolensk, and who had been considered missing all these years.
        2. Egor65g
          Egor65g 17 March 2015 11: 54
          The right thing, very much. Thank.
        3. Kazanec
          Kazanec 17 March 2015 19: 12
          With the help of the Memorial, I found last year the burial place of my deceased mother's uncle. Since 1942, he was considered missing. All relatives thought so, the funeral was preserved. True, of those who remember him no one is alive already. My mother and his son, they were then 3 and 4 years old. Mom’s brother cried when I showed him the materials. We went to the grave, visited. For the first time in 72 years. Now we will be regular.
          Thanks to the creators of these sites for a righteous deed !!!
        4. MAG
          MAG 17 March 2015 19: 22
          In the Memorial he asked about his great-grandfather, the answer was missing, but I already knew that I was missing near Moscow. It is necessary to number the unit or marching company to track where the unit fought to narrow the search area, but unfortunately there are no numbers.
          1. Junior bush
            Junior bush 28 November 2015 07: 56
            This is RVC shake, with the team number and team list
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    2. Defense
      Defense 17 March 2015 07: 37
      And thanks to the Internet, I wrote a whole book (for home use) about my grandfather who fought at the front. This book was written for 1,5 years.
      Moreover, the databases "Memorial" and "Heroic deeds of the people" rendered great help. Having collected the initial data from these databases, I continued my search on the Internet by the number of the battalion, regiment, brigade, division and front. Tracing the combat path of the military unit where my grandfather fought, I gathered a complete picture of his combat path. And he revealed several secrets of his life during the war. For example: my grandfather died in 1985, and according to the lists of irrecoverable losses, he was listed as dead, I even found photographs of a monument that has his name among the dead. So, having found newspaper articles of the Soviet era through the Internet, having written quite a few emails to forums, museums revealed the secret of writing the name of my grandfather on the monument. I even managed to find and write letters to the veteran and the grandson of one of the dead soldiers where my grandfather served.
      If someone wants to trace the combat path of their relative, then it must be done in the following way. In the Memorial database, you need to take the names of not only your relative, but also his fellow soldiers from the list of irrecoverable losses. These names need to be driven into the search for the "Feat of the People" base, if you're lucky, you can find a description of the feat of this soldier and the reward for this feat. The more of these names you check through the "People's feat" database, the more chances you will find descriptions of feats. By these exploits, it is already possible to draw up an overall picture of hostilities.
      The most interesting thing is that my grandfather fought in the 71 NKVD brigades for Debaltsevo (1941-1942), and in 1944 he fought as part of the 61st Guards Slavic Red Banner Rifle Division.
      Personally, this search on the Internet so dragged me on that I collected a huge amount of information: memoirs of veterans, documents, excerpts from books, maps, photographs of veterans and places of battles.
      Having this material, I wrote a book about my grandfather for my descendants.
      1. SoloTinKa
        SoloTinKa 17 March 2015 11: 26
        Thank you for your tip on how to collect more information about relatives who died in the war. I collected information about my relatives only from the Memorial database, not knowing what to do next. Your experience is very useful!
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    3. beefrost
      beefrost 17 March 2015 13: 09
      The fact is that all of these are just beginning projects that do not yet have content. But a completely ready-made project on this topic, which started back to the 65th anniversary of the Victory, is on the Russian domain, in the address bar you write "podvignaroda.rf". I found about my grandfathers there.
      1. jjj
        jjj 17 March 2015 13: 22
        And here is an example of a different kind. As "Regnum" said, on March 13, at his next five-hour campaign for the unification of three leading universities of Samara at a technical university, the head of the region Nikolai Merkushkin said the phrase:
        - You will be suicides, like Alexander Matrosov. Lay on the loophole.
        I wonder how long after that he will sit in a chair
    4. al-kazaz
      al-kazaz 17 March 2015 23: 32
      Thank you very much, I will look for my grandfather!
  2. D_E_A_L_E_R
    D_E_A_L_E_R 17 March 2015 05: 40
    Many thanks to the author of the article!
    1. guest arbeiter
      guest arbeiter 17 March 2015 09: 11
      Thank. Found my grandfather. He died in Stalingrad in 1942.
  3. reut.sib
    reut.sib 17 March 2015 06: 10
    3 years ago I learned the fate of my grandfathers who died at the beginning of the war. Thanks to the OD "Memorial", personally to Olga Pankova "Forgotten Regiment" and everyone who participated in this!
    1. 23 region
      23 region 17 March 2015 07: 27
      Searched, searched and everything is empty. MISSING.
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  4. hohol33
    hohol33 17 March 2015 07: 26
    Thanks to the author for the tip !!!!! Found and found out more about their dead grandfathers.
  5. Tatar 174
    Tatar 174 17 March 2015 08: 22
    Thank you so much for the links! Once again I remembered my grandfathers, found and looked at the documents ...
  6. ando_bor
    ando_bor 17 March 2015 08: 25
    In the WBS "Memorial" he found his uncle, who was considered missing, his grave.
    Grandmother, his mother, died in 1980, had no doubt what can be found - the time will come.
    You could say predicted, and bequeathed to me to do this.
  7. elga5
    elga5 17 March 2015 08: 34
    Many thanks for the article. I’ll start the search for the grandfather who died in the Baltic Fleet near Leningrad. Through the Internet, the daughter already found information about her grandfather, my father. He returned from the front with awards, but he did not like to remember the war, he has long been gone ... But we learned so much about his life in the war, how, when, where and for what he received his awards, about his colleagues, among whom were many Ukrainians and people of different nationalities!
  8. Etric
    Etric 17 March 2015 08: 56
    Unfortunately, the OBD-MEMORIAL portal is unstable; 2 years ago it found data on its cousins ​​of those who died during the Great Patriotic War.
    The data was on an old screw that died in February, decided to update the documents and ...
    for 5 attempts on different days the site returned only search errors
  9. EvaFerrari
    EvaFerrari 17 March 2015 09: 45
    A few years ago I met with the site of the Memorial. Thanks to this resource, my grandfather, who had considered his father missing all his life, finally found out about his fate. It turned out that he was captured and spent almost the entire war in concentration camps, as a result he was buried in Germany, even the place on the cemetery is indicated in the documents. When she showed these documents to her grandfather, he burst into tears. Yes, I am too. Tears still roll up when I remember that moment
  10. Rosich333
    Rosich333 17 March 2015 09: 53
    Thank! Found a grandfather. He died on 26.01.45/XNUMX/XNUMX. Everlasting memory!
  11. chebman
    chebman 17 March 2015 10: 32
    They were looking for their grandfather who was missing in the first months of the war, but there is no data on him (
  12. Stas57
    Stas57 17 March 2015 10: 45
    I am certainly amazed by people who say "oh, I didn't know, thanks"

    base exists since 2008 year! 7, seven years !!! at any search for their relatives on any site they always send to OBD, there is advertising on TV.

    people, aren't you ashamed ?! Well, better late than never.

    regarding "did not find"

    the main thing is to change the data
    firstly, do not stupidly hammer in the name, year, nothing and okay.
    the year may often differ from what you know, try looking for +/- 5 years, but usually 2-3 years are enough
    secondly, change your name, for example Stepanovich and Stefanovich, this is in fact the same thing, so look.
    those who are not, still a fairly small percentage.

    if someone could not find, write either here or in PM, try to help
  13. radlI
    radlI 17 March 2015 11: 28
    On the "Feat of the People" I found information on my great-uncle. But for some reason, the permanent home address and relatives are smeared in the award list.
    1. Stas57
      Stas57 17 March 2015 11: 34

      At the same time, a notification appeared on the main page of the site: “Information of limited access provided for by the legislation of the Russian Federation, as part of the SDN“ Feat of the People in the Great Patriotic War 1941 — 1945 ”is not published. In the OBD, access to the information of the award sheets about the military recruiting offices of soldiers, as well as about the addresses of their relatives was denied: this information in the award sheets was retouched and made inaccessible when browsing, as well as in the search form.

      At the beginning of the 2010 of the year, restrictions on access to previously laid out information were already introduced on another resource of the Ministry of Defense of Russia, Memorial OBD, but then the public managed to get all the data back. In this case, the restriction on access to personal information (which in the case of the work of search units could significantly facilitate the identification of the remains of soldiers) also caused a negative reaction from the public. On December 12 of 2010, the participants of the forum of the website sent a letter to the President of Russia, the Prime Minister of the Government of Russia, and the Chairman of the Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of Russia with a request to restore access to classified information [5]. Two days later, information appeared that the President had read the letter and ordered the Minister of Defense of Russia to investigate the situation [6]. In early January of 2011, a representative of the Electronic Archive company announced that the Russian Ministry of Defense had ordered the information on military enlistment offices (but not addresses) to be returned to the site and a search on them [7].Подвиг_народа_(электронный_

      archive) #. D0.9F.D1.80.D0.

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  15. SoloTinKa
    SoloTinKa 17 March 2015 11: 39
    Many thanks to the people who worked on the scanning of materials! It is so important to see the names of relatives written in pen in the reports!
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  17. radlI
    radlI 17 March 2015 11: 46
    I also found awards for my own grandfather. HOORAY!!! I was looking for a long time, the main problem is the wrong spelling of the name, patronymic. According to the passport of Temirgali Gabdulnasyrovich, on the website "Feat of the People" Timirgali Abdulnasyrovich
    1. radlI
      radlI 17 March 2015 12: 33
      It turns out my grandfather also "hollowed out" the Finns on the Karelian Isthmus. And he only told us about Stalingrad, the Caucasus, the White Church and Budapest.
  18. falikreutov
    falikreutov 17 March 2015 14: 50
    And on the website of the Ministry of Defense did not try to search?
  19. Azovian
    Azovian 17 March 2015 16: 19
    In 2011, he traveled from St. Petersburg to Moscow with his minibus via Seliger. I turned onto Demyansk. The road was freshly made. Places of terrible battles. Honestly, it's terrible to put a foot on the ground, everything is covered in blood. Somewhere 30km, on the right side an unusual monument, the burial of the Second World War. Unusual to the point that my wife and I stopped to watch. Although there were many monuments from Ukraine to Karelia. The monument is fresh. About 157 soldiers were buried. 11 of them are with names, the rest are not. Next came a car with local No. The man turned out to be a search engine. Word by word. His story. Here, not far away, stood our hospital. All these dead soldiers were buried in a huge pit. By the 70th anniversary of the start of the Second World War, the admirer of Novgorod was scratching their turnips: to do it. They decided to unearth, rebury, immortalize. All these years everyone knew about this burial place, this is a nightmare. Excavated, found 11 soldiers medals. The places are swampy, you dig, immediately water. In the mud, for sure, not all the medals were found ... The names were returned, but for relatives they were missing. Like my grandfather. KNEW AND DID NOT DO ANYTHING 70 YEARS !!! The governor of Novgorod came to the opening of the monument. Event no. , bird about issue. delivered. Far, the governor did not go to Demyansk, because the road is not latan, all in the pits. Across the road from the monument there is a spring with wonderful water. How is it that the war is not over until the last soldier is buried?
    1. Stas57
      Stas57 17 March 2015 17: 32

      I already wrote about this a big post-in a nutshell, a grave in a garden, or bones on arable land and put everyone, and once, to the question, "you have bones in the meadow here, you didn't collect anything" they generally said, why, these are soldiers.

      The old search engines, who have been digging near Novgorod since 80x, say so they lay in the forest right on the ground, and that’s it! the locals knew but did nothing
    2. npv554f
      npv554f 17 March 2015 18: 07
      It’s not the first year that I’ve been establishing the names and burial places of those who died in the Great Patriotic War, so let me express my doubts about the veracity of what the search engine man told you.
      1. Those who died in hospitals were buried without medallions, so it makes no sense to look for them in places of hospital burials.
      2. It is not difficult to establish the number of the hospital located in that locality at that time, and its specialization (evacuation hospital, surgical, therapeutic, lightly wounded, etc.). Data for all hospitals are stored in the Military Medical Archive, in St. Petersburg. For each hospital, there are books of the deceased indicating the cause of death, date and place of burial.
      3. Judging by the number of deaths, the hospital was there for a long time. 157 people could not die within 1-3 days, so the burials should be somewhat purely for sanitary reasons. Moreover, burials can be both group and single. It is necessary to look for burial schemes with the date of burial and the name of the deceased. All this is in the archive.
      So what comes out your peasant search engine usual yap. It’s easiest to blame someone, the same governor, than actually search.
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      2. Junior bush
        Junior bush 28 November 2015 07: 41
        Hello, I could not help but answer .. about the lists in the archive, who will give you something from there ???? and if they give that narrow, narrow as the Ukrainians say, Old ... God forbid that the beggar suddenly tell you some facts. SECOND TIME they will definitely not give it if I lost it only for money. The archive needs a hospital number to give you an extract ... and often people don’t even know that their grandfather was in the hospital, they are looking for their soldier called up by the military registration and enlistment office ... and the military registration and enlistment offices don’t have anything at all. .. There’s a conversation about how it would be better ... and it would be better to do everything on time and humanly with this burial and the rest ... There are powerful pumps such as silt pumping silt from the bottom of the sea ... when searching for treasures of sunken galleys ... We are such a poor country so as not to equip all the search teams with the latest technology ... flushing equipment with thorough filtering ... this is a whole range of measures ... And given that one person can do a lot ... two three more more than ten can turn mountains ... And as always, we have someone in the woods who has firewood ... the heads of the district really do nothing on the ground, but why should he spend on a monument or work. when he’s better off sending his child to study in England with this money.
  20. Provincial_71
    Provincial_71 17 March 2015 16: 50
    I found one of the three mother’s brothers who went missing in 1941 on the lists; for the rest, there are no complete data in the database. How many people have gone missing, especially at the beginning of the war. Thank you for the article!
    1. npv554f
      npv554f 17 March 2015 21: 09
      I found this on the Internet: "Once my father made a piercing and
      a terrible thought: "In the main parade in honor of Victory Day on June 24, 1945
      ten thousand soldiers and officers of armies and fronts participated. Walkthrough
      ceremonial "boxes" of troops lasted thirty minutes. And you know what I mean
      have you thought? For four years of the war, the losses of our army amounted to
      almost nine million killed. And each of them who gave Victory the most
      precious is life! - worthy of passing in that parade
      on Red Square. So, if all the dead are put in the front door
      build, then these "boxes" would go through Red Square nineteen
      days ... "And suddenly, as if in reality, I presented this parade.
      "boxes" twenty by ten. One hundred twenty steps a minute. In the windings and
      boots, greatcoats, "overalls" and quilted jackets, garrison caps, earflaps,
      "budenovka", helmets, peakless caps, caps. And nineteen days and nights
      this continuous stream of fallen battalions would go through Red Square,
      regiments, divisions. Parade of heroes, parade of winners. Think about it!
      Nineteen days! .. "
      1. Junior bush
        Junior bush 28 November 2015 07: 46
        and all of them who didn’t return from the war to pour into our production ... control over the forests ... with their frontal grip, let them sit in the Tax, police, State Duma ... courts, general headquarters of the districts. our new Russian Chubais would lively remember the simple word conscience and honor.
  21. Alekseev-av
    Alekseev-av 17 March 2015 19: 09
    Quote: jjj
    And here is an example of a different kind. As "Regnum" said, on March 13, at his next five-hour campaign for the unification of three leading universities of Samara at a technical university, the head of the region Nikolai Merkushkin said the phrase:
    - You will be suicides, like Alexander Matrosov. Lay on the loophole.
    I wonder how long after that he will sit in a chair

    I didn’t like these words either, but be sure he will sit for a long time at his post! Nobody even paid attention to these words!
  22. npv554f
    npv554f 17 March 2015 19: 31
    The article put a plus, although the article does not disclose all the secrets of the search. They probably cannot be revealed. I wanted to contribute to the common cause of the search. I copied the addresses of the sites of various search associations. There are a lot of them, but I think this, for a start, would be enough. The first link is general recommendations for the search. The latter is a German database of prisoners of war. Missing persons could be captured. I tried to post a comment, but failed. A message appears stating that the comment contains text that is not valid for publication. I don’t know what the matter is.
  23. Volga Cossack
    Volga Cossack 17 March 2015 20: 02
    Thanks for the article, I systematized the sites a little .....
  24. saygon66
    saygon66 18 March 2015 00: 06
    -I found information on my grandfather at the Memorial (both erroneous and corrected) ... even the name and number of the prisoner-of-war camp ... but then there was a failure, there is very little information about the camps located in Norway ...
  25. Iva58
    Iva58 18 March 2015 00: 21
    As part of the search squads, 12 spring shifts took place in a row [1992-2003]. From experience, to find a medallion is a rare success, and a readable medallion is the highest happiness of a search engine. The most memorable search was in 1995, for 195 raised soldiers, 32 medallions, of which 8 were read already in Moscow, in the laboratory. In all, approximately 4500 Warriors were raised and reburied during this period. A low bow to the search engine boys and girls of Kolomna and St. Petersburg.