Russian cemeteries research

How to find someone on Russian cemeteries? Is it possible?

First of all, many cemeteries in Russia were destroyed over time – some during the Soviet times, some during World War II.  Secondly, the records of burials are not digitised.

In most cases locating the grave of your ancestor will be impossible.  However, today many cemeteries compile photo/alphabetical databases of burials and more and more necropolis being compiled by historical enthusiasts across the globe.  The chances of locating the grave of your ancestor increase every year.


Project “Service of Eternal memory” which is currently covering the cemeteries of town Astrakhan.  This database so far covers Central Muslim cemetery and Town’s cemetery No 2 ( Rozhdestvenski street). Keep an eye on it as it is proposed to digitize all cemeteries of Astrakhan area.

“Old cemetery of Taganrog” was also published online by enthusiast  Elena Alekseenko.

Voronezh nekropol – nearly 865 names of people buried between 1831-1935 (In Russian)

Vvedenskoe German cemetery in Moscow

Burials of famous people in Moscow -1986 onwards

Jewish cemeteries on territories of Russia and Ukraine

Tomsk nekropol -electronic version  of book is located at Russian National Library online.

St Petersburg nekropol dated 1912-1913 prepared by Saitov located at Russian National Library online.

Russian Provincial nekropol 1914 – covers Arkhangelsk, Vladimir, Vlogda, Kostroma, Moscow, Novgorod, Olonetsk, Pskov, St Petersburg, Tver, Yaroslavl gubernias and Vyborg monasteries

Below you will find some resources which can be helpful in finding the resting place of Russians who migrated after the Revolution of 1917.


Sainte-Geneviève-de Bois cemetery in France was created as the second communal cemetery in 1879. The additional land to house the burials of White Russians was bought in 1927 at the request of Princess Vera Meshchersky. The records of burials at this cemetery were digitised and can be found at

Russian Immigration in France (1919 – 2000)/ (L’emmigration Russe en France)

Biographical Dictionary in three volumes edited by L. Mnukhina, Avril M., V. Losskoy now is published on internet with a searchable database.


Italy-Many Russians migrated to Italy after the Revolutionary events. Cemetery in Testachio, Rome became a resting place for many Russians. You can find their records at

Russians on Capri

Lemnos-Nearly 30 thousands of Russians: the officers, the Cossacks, soldiers, high school students, priests, teachers, doctors were transferred to Lemnos in 1920. It was part of the Russian Army of General Baron Wrangel (forced under pressure from the Reds to leave Sevastopol) and soldiers and officers of the White Army under General Denikin (who survived the horrors of the Novorossiysk evacuation). Lemnos met them with cold, hunger and typhus.

Leonid Reshetnikov wrote a book in 2009 called “Russian Lemnos”.  The list of burials at Lemnos ( 347 at Kaloeraki and 29 at Mudros) taken from this book is published on Russian genealogical forum at


”Unforgotten graves” by V.N. Chuvakov ( in Russian) is a relatively new resource which was uploaded on internet. It is a book that covers various international resources about Russian immigrants (nearly 50,000 names) who left after Revolution and Civil War. If you have an ancestor in mind I can have a quick look.  Otherwise, if you are proficient in Russian, you can find it here.

Russian orthodox cemetery in Tegel , Germany

Russian Orthodox burials –Australia (work in progress)

Orthodox cemetery in Harbin

Jewish cemetery in Harbin

Russians in Greece

Book by Zhalnina-Vasilkioti published in 2012

Russian scientists overseas

And do not forget

If you need to locate a specific cemetery in Russia, please contact me for further research.

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