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 …

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 …

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 …