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 …

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 …

Russian ancestry

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 …

Honourable citizens in Imperial Russia

Who were the ”honourable citizens” in Russia?  What made them special? And why these words are important in Russian ancestry research? If you have ever seen these words mentioned in …

The art of collecting art

It is not the first time I read about the famous Mexican art collection by Gelmans.  Jacques Gelman and his wife Natasha were avid collectors of Mexican art and became …

State archive of Voronezh region

Do you have Russian ancestry from Voronezh region? This article is for you. As many Russian archives State Archive of Voronezh region was established in early 1900s and housed the …

Table of ranks

If you have managed to get the file from the Russian State Historical archive (St Petersburg) or from Military archive in Moscow and translated it, then more likely you came …

Russian ancestry - Leningrad evacuation

Leningrad evacuation database

http://evacuation.spbarchives.ru/ Cannot wait to let you know about the new database which just started working on St Petersburg archive website.  This database contains the names of people evacuated from Leningrad …

Russian scent of Chanel No 5

“I present my dress collections on the fifth of May, the fifth month of the year and so we will let this sample number five keep the name it has …

State archive of Trans-Baikal Territory

http://www.gku-gazk.ru/ The GAZK’s (State Archive of Trans-Baikal Territory) funds are listed in a digital format and are searchable by name on its website.  The archive covers the region around Chita, …

The handwriting of your ancestors

You might have collected letters, memoirs and photographs of your ancestors from various relatives over the years.  Translating them is probably one of the first steps you need to do in your research.  …