Russian genealogy – How deep can you dig?

And the answer will be “Very deep”.  But it all depends on personal circumstances. If you come from nobility stock then you might be in luck.  Famous nobility families have …

Round the world trip of St Petersburg children in 1918-1920s

Round the world trip of Petrograd children

In the spring of 1918, the situation in Petrograd was extremely tense. People, including small children,  suffered from hunger and disease. It was decided that children from various St Petersburg …

Beautiful Balts Jayne Persian

Displaced Persons in Australia or whether to trust archival documents

Just finished reading a very interesting book about Displaced Persons in Australia. ”Displaced Persons” or DPs were people who became stranded in Germany at the end of World War Two …

Russian archives -Moscow

Central State Archive of Moscow

“How not to love dear Moscow? “, Baratinsky (1800-1844)   The history of Central State Archive of Moscow begins with the Moscow Provincial Archive of Old Cases, which was formed in late …

Russian cemeteries in Harbin

Russian cemeteries in Harbin

A great resource for those, who has Russian ancestors from China.  I was able to get the last copy of the book about Russian cemeteries in Harbin from the author …

Jewish cemetery St Petersburg https://www.expresstorussia.com

Jewish metrical records in St Petersburg

If you had Russian ancestors of Jewish religion living in St Petersburg before the Revolution you are in luck. The St Petersburg historical archive digitised the metrical records ( birth, …

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State Archive of Altai Region

State Archive of Altai Region has about 6830 funds in storage. Especially valuable for genealogists with Russian ancestry and family researchers are the funds for the period before 1917 (227 …

Archive of Foreign Policy of the Russian Empire

This Russian archive is great if your ancestor was a Russian diplomat or a person somehow related to Russia’s foreign relations. Archive of Foreign Policy of the Russian Empire (AVPRI)/Архив …

Nightmare in State archive of the Arkhangelsk Region

State archive of the Arkhangelsk region (Государственный архив Архангельской области) was formed in 1728 as the Arkhangelsk Provincial Archives and has an array of amazing genealogical documents: Revision lists (revizskie …

Russian ancestry in Russian State Historical Archive of Far East

If your Russian ancestry is from Primorskiy region than you have to write to Russian State Historical Archive of Far East (RGIA DV).  It is the only Russian federal archive located …

Finding Family is FULL of pleasant surprises!!!

Just before Christmas I have received this wonderful touching letter from my first client with Russian ancestry. I cannot resist to share it with you with the permission of course. …

Englishmen in Imperial Russia – metrical records

If your ancestor was an English man or an English woman  who at some point in their life lived and worked in Tsarist Russia (pre-1917) you should pay an attention …

Before you start research in Russian archives

As mentioned before in the article about Russian census 1897 (click on the link), there were 125 million people living in Russia at the time of the first official census of …

Year 2016 in review -Russian ancestry

Hello to my faithful clients, followers and people who from time to time check my website and Facebook page. Your support, appreciation and trust have been a great encouragement for …

1897 Census of Imperial Russia

If you have Russian ancestry then you need to know more about Russian census of 1897. Special interest for historians and family researchers is the primary data i.e. census forms. …

How to search for Russian birth certificate

Having birth certificate record is very important when researching your Russian ancestry.     Russia today does not have a database similar to ancestry.com and familysearch.org where you can locate …

Russian Names – what you need to know about translations and pronunciations

When researching Russian ancestry many people ask questions about Russian version of the surname of their ancestors.  Since I am helping with many translation projects, I decided to post interesting …

Central State archive of Republic of Dagestan

Central State archive of Republic of Dagestan (Центральный  государственный архив Республики Дагестан) was not my radar for an article until I had a luck in its online researchable database. A …

A picture is worth a thousand words

Imagine that more than 200,000 photographs can show you the history of Russia. Two amazing projects undertaken by the Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation are trying to do exactly that …

Beef Stroganoff- Russian or not?

You know that Beef Stroganoff is a dish somehow related to Russia.  But what is the exact connection and history? While you can find many recipes on internet, including my …