Researching Russian ancestry and your written Russian is not the best or non-existent? Then I can be of a help here.

  • On your behalf,  I will  prepare request letters to Russian archives. This will include the search for the appropriate archive and fund (“fond” in Russian) to ensure specific information request is prepared for better results.
  • I will FOLLOW UP with the archives on the status of your request (i.e. “zapros”).  There is a lot of communication involved with the archive, including the receipt of the request letter and allocation of a reference number, signing up of the contract with the archive for the performance of the genealogical or theme research (if necessary). It is my policy that I will be forwarding the letters to archive to ensure the receipt of the letter by archive and allocation of reference number.
  • I will update on RULES and respective FEES imposed by the archive on their services to ensure the maximum benefit for the client.
  • Each Russian archives charges different fees for their services.  Most of the time the fees are unknown until the request is sent and the invoice is received from the archive. The fees will also depend on the currency rate on the date of payment.  Transparency is paramount – you will always get a copy of an archival invoice (kvitantsiya).
  • Majority of Russian archives only accept PAYMENTS in RUSSIAN RUBLES and the payments should be made from the countries of former Soviet Union. For this I have a facility to make a bank payment of the invoice issued by the archive.
  • If you want me to write a letter to a specific archive (at your discretion), I will prepare one at a fee.

  • For further information please get in touch.

10 thoughts on “Requests to archives

  1. Sharon Gurnaby Reply

    Can’t find any info on our last name Gurnaby.. My husband did not know his dad but knew his grandparents were Russian/Polish Thanks

    • Tana Post authorReply

      Do you know the exact town/village where your family came from? Gurnaby is not Russian, more likely Polish in nature.

  2. Sonia Warnet Reply

    my great-grandfather was born in 1853 in St-Petersburg, Russia. His name was Alexandre Warnet. He and his 4 brothers were born in Russia in the 1850’s. I heard his mother was polish. They moved before the 1900’s to France. I can’t seem to find anything on his birth, baptism etc… I don’t even know his parents or brother’s names… Could you please help me out with this?
    Thank you

    • Tana Post authorReply


      I will send you a personal message shortly. A search in old address books is possible. The St Petersburg archives did not give any results under this surname.

      Regards Tana

  3. lisa Reply

    My father was born in Minsk in 1937. He was adopted by his parents when he was 5. My grandparents never let him have the adoption papers. Interested in learning about my fathers family. He knew he had an older brother. Is there a way to find out any information thought his adoption.

    • Tana Post authorReply

      Dear Lisa

      If he was born in 1937 plus 5 years, it means that he was adopted in 1942. WW2 in Russia started in June 1941. Belorussia was the first place hit by Germans. His father was probably fighting. Mother was killed. Adoption papers? Grandparents never gave the papers probably because there were none. He was simply saved. Is your father alive? If not, his death certificate might have the clue. Did he migrated after the war? Look for his immigration and naturalisation papers. Would love to help but need more information at this stage. Write to me.

      • lisa Reply

        Thanks Tania-
        I believe there was some kind of papers. At one point I remember something was said that all families had the same serial number. They did come to the united states at some point. I will now be looking in all papers. He did become a United States Citizen and went on to serve the U.S. Navy for 26 years. He passed at 40 years old from Cancer from Agent Orange -Vietnam. Thanks I will be looking at all papers. We also have pictures of my father in the orphanage.

        • Tana Post authorReply

          Contact the National archives and US Navy. might help also. Do you know the place of orphanage? Write to me at russianheritage @ hotmail dot com.

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