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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 …

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 …

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 …

Faminsky – a fight against odds

Based on Australian records Aleksandr Alekseevich Faminsky (Александр Алексеевич Фаминский) was born in Nizhny Novgorod around 1897/98.  Nothing is known at this stage about his parents and early childhood.  Australian …

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 …