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Questions tagged [russia]

For questions about ancestors or records in the country of Russia. This includes all of its incarnations since the establishment of Rus'lands in the 9th Century, the establishment of modern Russian in the 15th & 16th centuries through modern times, as well as the 20th Century Soviet Union.

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British War Medal

Could you tell me where I might apply for my grandfather's British War Medal his name is John Percy Blackburn, he joined the NREF in Murmansk 1918 Middlesex Regiment and was a 2nd lieutenant?
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Where is Shemelincsi, Volynsk guberniya in Russia?

I'm trying to determine where in Russia the town/city from the passenger list actually is located in Russia today - below pic is for the passenger "Belinsky" showing contact and town/city for 1911 ...
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Is Russian village named Rawaliszki in 1912 still there?

My Grand father immigrated to the USA in 1912. On his entry to Ellis Island on the manifest list he listed his ethnic background as Poland/Russia, and the village he was born in is listed as ...
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Researching relative's WW II Italian military service?

I have an uncle who died during Italy's WW II incursion into Russia. I have no details of the military unit he was in. Is it possible to: establish the miltary unit my uncle served under? identify ...
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Polish/ Russian Town - 1913

Grandmother & Father immigrated from Russia/Poland in 1913, from listed location of Jesnayewa, Russia/Poland. have not been able thus far to find this town/city to further advance information of ...
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Locating Russian town named Dobrows from 1902 passenger list?

My great grandfather (named Adam Tyl on the passenger list) departed from Antwerp, Belgium 15, Feb. 1902 and arrived New York 22, Feb 1902. The passenger list says he came from the town Dombrows ...
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Where is Ribet, Russia-Poland?

Grandmother Emma Kliner was born in Ribet, Russia-Poland in 1892 according to her naturalization papers. Passenger list in 1909 says Rybitwy as best as i can read it. Trying to find this town, and ...
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No age shown for daughter who “died while the revision was being compiled”

In the 1850 revision list (ревизские сказки) for my ancestor's household it has no age listed for his daughter; but says only “умерла при составлении сказок” (“died while the revision was being ...
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Locating relatives in 1920 Siberia

I am helping a friend research her roots. Her grandmother escaped Siberia in about 1920, leaving the rest of the large family of Rublovs behind in Ulan Ude where Pavel Rublov owned a tea importing ...
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Where was Babie, Russia (era 1890's)?

Where was Babie, Russia? My grandmother was born in 1890 from that town (now Poland, I believe.) I'm interested in knowing the religious affiliations or majority as there is a question of Jewish ...
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Where is Asszumki, Russia?

I was able to obtain the Petition for Naturalization from the National Archives showing the handwritten city of Asszumki. I have checked the shtetl finder. On my grandmother's Petition she stated he ...
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Where is Gellovsasvetgood, Eazasso, Russia?

My grandfather's military draft registration states that he is from, based on my interpretation of the handwriting, Gellovsasvetgood, Eazasso, Russia. I can't find any towns with similar spelling. I ...
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Looking for Deliatitz, Russia?

My grandfather was born in Deliatitz, Russia in 1899. I cannot find it on a map. Can anyone help? His name was Alexander Freed.
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Seeking WW2 death record in Russia for Paul Krahn who was born 1917 at Lauenburg (Germany)?

I had two uncles who both fell in WW2, one in Italy, who has a grave, but the other in Russia. I only have his name (Paul Krahn), date and place of birth (2 Feb 1917 at Lauenburg, Germany) and that ...
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Identifying Polish town recorded as Plugazewa, Russia in 1913?

Looking at my maternal grandmother's Ellis Island arrival document shows her hometown recorded as Plugazewa, Russia. No such place exists with that spelling. I'm almost certain the town was in ...
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Looking for the actual location of my grandfather's birthplace

My paternal grandfather listed his birthplace as Salash, Russia in his Army enlistment. He was born in 1885. Does anyone know if this is a real village, and if so, where it was located? Also, I ...
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Where is town Mieljkow in early 20th century Russia?

My ancestors came through Ellis Island in 1904. The last place of residence is listed as Mieljkow. We know it is in Russia. Does anyone know where it is? Only 1 Ellis Island arrival index uses ...
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Where is town of Pogena, Russia (or Lithuania) where ancestor born in 1885?

On my grandfather's naturalization papers, birthplace is listed as Pogena, Russia. It may be located in Lithuania. His name is Julius Albert Knoll. I am also looking for my grandmother's ...
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Identifying Mignovich village in Russia/Belarus?

I am trying to find information on my paternal grandfather's line, he immigrated to the US from Mignovich or Mignovichi village in Belarus in the early 1900's, we are looking for ancestors there? He ...
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Seeking birth family of Michał (Michael) Gudzinowicz Praniewicz from Poland/Russia? [closed]

after reaching out to some historical societies in Massachusettes, I learned that I was dealing with two exact people named “Michael Praniewicz” – sorry for all the confusion. Below you will see my ...
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Any Russian Orthodox records of Kamchatka priests around 1800?

Yakov Volkov might have been a priest in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky around 1800 or slightly before. The Irkutsk bishop who appointed or sent him might have been Beniamin Bagranskii (1789-1814). The "...
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Seeking Russian Orthodox Church Records 1840-1900 for Lagody, Poland/Russia (now Belarus)?

My grandfather was born in 1885 at Lagody/Lagodi, Poland/Russia (Vilna/Wilna gubernia) and came to USA 1911. Lagody/Lagoda/Lahady is now in Belarus (Hrodna/Grodno province) and is still a small ...
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Seeking birth/baptism record for Salamina Radke from Kulm, Russia?

I am researching the ancestors of Salamina Radke from Kulm, Russia. She was born August 19, 1876 and immigrated to the United States. How can I find her birth/baptism record to identify her ...
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Where would this town/area be located in Poland, today?

I have a few various names of villages/towns that my family came from in Poland/Russia. They came to America before WWI around 1914 and much of Poland was Russia at the time. Many town names have ...
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Polish/Russian city Name from 1912 Manifest

I'm looking to transcribe a Polish/Russian city name from 1912 Manifest. I'm excited to have found the right ancestor on a passenger list, but I can't quite make out the name of the city marked as "...
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Where was Berditoscher, Russia in 1912?

My Grandmother emigrated from Berditoscher, Russia in 1912. I'm trying to find out where this city was located? Updated to add the probable source of this information (incorporating information ...
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Locating Latvian Legion service records?

I am interested in looking for my grandfather Adolphs Gailitis' (b.1911) service records in the Latvian Legion in WW2. He was taken as a Russian POW but I'm not sure which year.
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What is this city name in this passenger list from Russia/Poland in late 19th/early 20th century?

The full passenger list can be found below -- I'm looking at the entry for "Stanislaw Walczykowski" line 20. What is the name of the city he identified as last place of residence and birth place? It ...
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Ostrow, Ostrowez, or Ostroweic Russia before 1907- where now?

My relatives were from Ostrow, Ostrowez, or Ostroweic Russia before 1907. Is this now in Poland? Where? I will be travelling to Poland in a month and I would like to find this place.
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How to find birth place for Charles Klein born in Russia Sept 2, 1883

Charles or Charlie Klein’s World War II draft registration says he was born in Pullin, Russia. I have not been able to find this place and wondered if spelling is a mispronunciation. Typed U.S. ...
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Where is Wortono, Russia?

I'm looking for a town my ancestors emigrated from in 1911 in Russia. The spelling for the town on envelopes is Wortono, Russia. I think it's in the central to northern west section of the ...
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Looking for location in 1910 Russia (family spoke Polish)

I am looking for the locations of two towns in 1910 Russia. They are listed as Dolowicz and Nalkozile (spelling is unclear) in this passanger manifest from Hamburg. When they arrived in America, ...
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Seeking birth record for Russian who immigrated to New Zealand in 1950s?

I’m trying to track down my grandfather who came to NZ in the 1950’s and was very secretive about his life/family before NZ. I have no idea where he was born but I believe he could have been born in ...
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Registration of Russian immigrants to England in late 19th century?

My great-grandfather wrote a diary about his leaving the Pale of Settlement in the end of the 19th century to England. The diary, or at least part of it, can be read here. I am trying to follow his ...
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Can you identify this Russian town: “Chashvato, Podolski”?

Can you identify the name of the USSR town referenced in the 1910-1914 images below? My maternal grandfather's side references several different places in various naturalization records & ship ...
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Where precisely was Russian town of Osometz (1912)?

In 1912 was there a town or city called Osometz in russia? records show my grandmother came from Osometz russia in 1912. Example from the passenger list of the Campania, arriving in New York NY from ...
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What happened to Nathan Stein and Sarah Goldberg Stein who were living in London 1897?

On 28 Feb 1897 Nathan/ Nissen Stein, a bootmaker, lived at 27 Winterton Street in London. He had at least two children: a daughter Ada/Ida born about 1877 in; and a daughter born about 1893. ...
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Searching for great grandfather Arnold Kuhn who lived in Poland then Russia?

Is there any way to trace the origins of my great grandfather Arnold Kuhn? He lived in poland and had a family there I believe towards the end of the 1800s and early 1900s. At some point he moved ...
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How can I get Soviet era arrest documents? [duplicate]

I saw many people having arrest and interrogation transcripts of people arrested in the 1930s in the Soviet Union. Where can I get such documents? Are they online?
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What is the origin or meaning of the photographed ring and pin?

I am looking for information regarding the attached photos. One photo is of a ring that looks well-worn. The other is for a pin that appears to be unused. I am assuming they are military in origin, ...
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Place of birth listed on immigration docs but where in Russia is Kosnitza/Kosnitze?

My Jewish family who came to Canada in 1924, from Bucharest on the SS Madonna, list their nationality as Russian, 4 family members put their place of birth as Kosnitza, and Kosnitze. Does anyone ...
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Where to find information about Grünberg and Rosenbaum relatives from Danzig?

My grandmother Dora Grünberg b. Danzig 11-Mar-1920 d. Perth 31-Jul-2016 came from Danzig to Australia when she was 16 and has very little knowledge of her families names or locations. Where is the ...
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Has anyone ever heard of the town of Husinice, Russia or Ukraine, circa 1912?

My grandfather came to the United States from a town in what was in 1912 considered to be Russia, or possibly Ukraine. The town has been spelled many ways in passenger lists, naturalization documents,...
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What is the name of the sister and what is the town in this passenger list?

I am trying to research my husband's grandparents. They arrived in St. Albans, Vermont, in 1913 from or through Canada, emigrating from Poland/Russia. This is from the column that states who is their ...
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Cantonist Records

Two of my ancestors were forcibly drafted into the Russian Army as part of the Cantonist decree. Where can I find the records of those draftees?
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Finding original surname of 20th Century Russian immigrant to United States?

My Great Grandfather Abraham moved here from Vilna Russia in early 1900's with his wife Udis Rose and two children, Arthor and Bella. They started in New York City and at some point changed the last ...
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Where was Dalmasz, Russia?

I am trying to find information about my great grandfather. We have a Declaration of Intention for the United States of America, division of naturalization, which he signed. On the form it shows ...
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Cannot find the town of Yobeneks, Russia

My grandfather left Lithuania, actually Russia, in 1910. I am trying to locate his town on a map. a copy of his draft card states the town of Yobeneks, Russia. I cannot find this name. does anyone ...
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Where can I find information about Soviet Union arrests in the 1930s?

One of my ancestors was arrested and killed in the purges of the 1930's in the Soviet Union. I've heard of people who got papers from the Russian (post Soviet) government containing the "crimes" they ...
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How to find current Name (or location) of “Russian” town recorded in 1910?

A passenger arrived in the port of New York on the ship Philadelphia in 1910. His residence, as listed on the Ellis Island manifest, is transcribed as "Ruistikovicz, Russia". The passenger is said ...