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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Where was Tivarov (Russia or Poland area)?

My grandmother came from a place called Tivarov around 1910. It was a town or small city, partly or mostly Jewish. We're not sure exactly where that place was and I'd love to know the location and ...
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Where was Ponisci(or Pouiszi), Russia?

Before my great gran died, she tasked me in finding out more about her mothers Russian heritage. I have deducted that, before she immigrated to America, she lived somewhere called Ponisci, Russia. ...
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Where was Kolashine, Russia?

I am researching my great-grandmother. In a naturalization form on 1936-04-23, she listed her place and date of birth as Kolashine, Russia, 1888-11-09. Source: https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/...
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Where was Mishaf, Russia-Poland?

I am researching my great-grandfather. In a naturalization form on 1936-04-23, he listed his place and date of birth as Mishaf, Poland-Russia, 1884-08-24. Source: https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/...
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Identifying location of Suelewa in 1912 Russia

I am trying to trace Valentina Korzauthkowska who could be my beloved aunt Valentine. She immigrated to the US and arrived in NYC on the Rijindam on June 19, 1912 from Rotterdam. Her manifests says ...
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Traveling from Russia in 1906

My Great Grandma had to leave Russia when she was just 16, and travel to England. I know the ship she took from England to America, but I don't know how she got to England. Would it have been the same ...
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Record of US citizen/non-citizen marriage abroad in order for family to travel from Poland to US in 1925

My ancestor was a US citizen (naturalized in 1920) who travelled to [then-]Poland (where he was originally from), and got married to a non-US citizen and had a child with her while he was abroad. He ...
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Information from passenger list/ship manifest from 1912 NY - Polish/Russian city and names

The full passenger list can be found below – I'm looking at the entry for "Jankel Samolicz" on line 30 (the final line). Can you help me to read some of the information? I'm trying to figure out: the ...
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Looking for anyone with Chevtaikin Surname

My father was born 1923 in Penza region of Russia. His grandfather was Andreas, his father was Demetri and mother Tatania. His 3 brothers went to war (WWII) and his family home was taken over and papa ...
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Locating 1912 Russian town of Novoe Kurhane

My grandfather came to USA in 1912. In his Federal Naturalization record he said his town was Novoe Kurhane in Russia. I can't find the town on maps. Does anyone know where Novoe Kurhane was or ...
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Location on map of BARESNO in Poland/Russia+1880-1912?

Where is the town of BARESNO located on a map in Poland/Russia in the time-frame 1880-1912?
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Identifying 1910 Russian Town Name "Swel"

I have the WWI registration records of my great-great grandpa who was supposedly born in Russia in 1890-1892. He emigrated to the US (Chicago) in around 1910, I think. The typed up transcript on their ...
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Deciphering 1910 Russian city name?

On a 1909 passenger list I have the following record. The 1st word is the city name. There is a ditto mark to the left of that, it is for Russia. To the right of the city name it says Father Jozef ...
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Getting mother’s birth certificate from lwow Rosa 1945?

My mother was born in 1945 in lwow Rosja. How I can get her birth certificate?
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Seeking marriage certificate of Russian and Serbian from about 1900s?

My Serbian Grandfather Milan Marich (born 1880) married Russian Zinaida Dimitrieva Homichevskaya around 1900. How could I find their marriage certificate? The last picture is a document of my ...
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Which archives have the Imperial-era revision lists & metrical books from Kamchatka?

In Imperial Russia, the state and the state church kept two kinds of records particularly important for genealogists: revision lists (revizkie skazki) for tax assessments, and metrical books (...
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Reading city, town or name under Father in 1910 immigration record?

This is from the Father column in a document of immigration from 1910. I am trying to discover the name of the town/city/region in Russia they came from.
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What kind of name is Awakum?

My Russian grandfather was born in the late 1890's in the state of Wolynia, the county of Kovel, and the town of Lechiny. His father was called "Awakum". Does anyone know what kind of name that is ...
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Finding original surname of Anton Orsik who immigrated to United States from Russia (Lithuania)?

My father in-law Anton Orsik was born in Vilna, Russia 1898, His father was Feodor Orsik, or that is the spelling of the name on the marriage certificate in New York after his immigration in 1913. I ...
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Finding immigration and surname record russia to Leeds uk

My great grandfather Jacob Masson came to Leeds in c.1900 from Odessa area i think in Russia, now Ukraine. I would like to find out his original surname and any passenger and immigration records. ...
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Looking for Czaruazien, Russia?

Family arrived from Czaruazien, Russia in 1913... Last name Bilan. Can't find Czaruazien. This town/village is now likely to be in eastern Poland around the vicinity of Lublin (according to ...
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Where is/was village of Chalewisz in 1913 Russia?

My husband's father was born in 1896 in the then Russian Empire. He came to the US in 1913 on the ship Caronia. On the copy we have of the ship's manifest, it states he came from chalewisz. However, ...
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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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