Word War 2 – Evacuation records

Evacuation in summer and fall of 1941 was a necessity. German armies advanced with shocking speed across the Soviet Union and the Soviet government embarked on a unprecedented operation to safeguard …

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 …

Siege of Leningrad records

http://visz.nlr.ru/blockade/search.html The Siege of Leningrad, also known as the Leningrad Blockade, was a prolonged military operation undertaken by the German Army against Leningrad (historically and currently known as St Petersburg). The siege …

Victims of political terror

This was a closed topic in Russia for many years.  After the collapse of Soviet Union, many people and organisations started openly write books and articles about it and by today …

“Revival Society of Ancestral Traditions”

“Revival Society of Ancestral Traditions” – “Союз Возрождения Родословных Традиций” (my translation) is one of the popular Russian ancestry online /genealogical websites in Russia with the forum incorporated in it. …

Chekhov, Sakhalin and census

This is an unusual combination of three words, at first sight, but of a great historical and genealogical value.  Those who read my article on Russian Imperial census of 1897 know …

Russian ancestry – Medals

Another tip on how to research Russian ancestry. Do you have medals or photos of your ancestors with medals?  Medals can tell the story. You can also find a personal record …