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What is the origin or meaning of the photographed ring and pin?

A few notes before I identify it which brings me to my 97% confidence level of my conclusion. Most Czarist Russian Eagles have two heads; not one and similar to other European Eagles. It kind of ...
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Identifying 1910 Russian Town Name "Swel"

I think it is Новоград-Волинський, which is transliterated as Novohrad-Volyns'kyi, Novograd-Volinskiy, etc. and is also known as Zhvil, Zvil, etc. This is in the Zhytomyr Oblast in northern Ukraine. ...
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Where was Berditoscher, Russia in 1912?

Passenger lists can be difficult to decipher, and I think the transcriber has interpreted the place name incorrectly. I think a more accurate transcription would be: Berditschew. Translating place ...
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Where is Asszumki, Russia?

You may also check Szumki (pronounced /shoomki/), Bielsk county, Poland. The entire Bielsk county was occupied by Russia between 1807 and 1915. There's a weak point in this version, I can't figure ...
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What kind of name is Awakum?

Avvakum (Lat.: Abacuc, Ukr.: Аввакум, Grk.: Αμβακουμ) is a biblical name derived from the name of prophet Habakuk (ca. 612 BC). Also a notable person, protopope Avvakum Petrov (...
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What is the name of the sister and what is the town in this passenger list?

I think it might be Kovel. This link will also help. It says: "Volinsky = Volhynia. Prior to WW I, this was a province wholly within Russia. Between 1921 and WW II, it was split in half with the ...
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Where was Berditoscher, Russia in 1912?

I have family roots I'm searching in Berdichev in the Ukraine, south of Zhytomyr. I wasn't familiar with the Berdychiv spelling given by Harry, but that does appear to be the same city. I've often ...
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Where is Asszumki, Russia?

That appears to be the index card for the naturalisation petition in New Haven Connecticut. The birthplace may well be mis-transcribed by the indexer. I think you can check the original ...
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Cannot find the town of Yobeneks, Russia

I checked my favorite town database for any appropriate towns in Eastern Europe starting with "Yob…" or "Job…" and came up blank. I also searched for any towns that ended in "…neks" or "…necks" and ...
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Finding 1910 map of Russia?

Topographic Maps of Eastern Europe is a great site. If you are looking for a place in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Eastern Poland and Western Belarus, the topographic maps published by the Prussian ...
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Cantonist Records

These notations should appear on Russian Empire Revision Lists (which were kind of like census lists). That is, if a son was present in the 9th Revision List but not the 10th, the 10th would say that ...
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Where to find information about Grünberg and Rosenbaum relatives from Danzig?

First, look at records in Australia. The Australian National Archives would be the first place to try and track down some record of your grandmother entering the country - they are likely to have ...
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Where is Wortono, Russia?

I'm new to "Genealogy & Family History". I'm a native English speaker, but have been researching Eastern European places for nearly 20 years now. I've never heard of Wortono, but let me ...
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Ostrow, Ostrowez, or Ostroweic Russia before 1907- where now?

"Ostroweic" doesn't seem like a plausible name in Polish language, very likely it is "Ostrówiec" or "Ostrowice". There is dozens of villages all over Poland with that name, including one relatively ...
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Has anyone ever heard of the town of Husinice, Russia or Ukraine, circa 1912?

To answer this question, indeed, more information is needed: *Hus- is a very common root for toponyms. It literally means goose, so every village located near a lake or a slow-motion river where ...
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What is the origin or meaning of the photographed ring and pin?

My father (and many brothers) were in WWII and he had this exact gold pin in his medal collection. It was an Honorable Discharge pin (the "Ruptured Duck"), meant to be worn on the lapel for all ...
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Seeking birth record for Russian who immigrated to New Zealand in 1950s?

Your grandparents immigrated to New Zealand in 1951. Passenger List is viewable at https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KLBP-4T7 Cazaro born 12 Sept 1918 in Pančevo, Yugoslavia (now Serbia). ...
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Can you identify this Russian town: "Chashvato, Podolski"?

I would transcribe the examples given as: Chashevoty, Podolsci gub. Podolsk, Russia Chesovoto, Russia Chaszczewod, Podoler gub. Chashvato, Podolski, Russia The second part of this place name is most ...
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Where is Wortono, Russia?

If "Wortono" is taken literally as cyrillic "Шoгtoпo" or "щoгtoпo"(approximately shogtopo) ;it doesn't appear as a place or a valid word.. or at first glance sound Russian. "W" does not exist is ...
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Where is Wortono, Russia?

Without further information (where in central or north-western Russia it was located or whether it was a big or small town, etc), it will be difficult to identify the place with any certainty. I took ...
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How to find birth place for Charles Klein born in Russia Sept 2, 1883

Probably that can be an urban-type settlement in Russian Empire Zhytomyr district. (now in Zhytomyr oblast of Ukraine) called Pulyny or Pulin. Now In 1935 name of the settlement was changed to ...
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What is this city name in this passenger list from Russia/Poland in late 19th/early 20th century?

The first letter looks like a 'C' and is not very different from the C in Chicago on line 7 or in Cleveland on line 11 (both in column of final destination). The second letter puzzled me first but ...
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Where is Gellovsasvetgood, Eazasso, Russia?

I think it may be the town of Yelisavetgrad (also spelled Yelisavetgrod), now the city of Kropyvnytskyi in central Ukraine. If you are able to read Polish, the entry for Elizabetgrod in the Glossary ...
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Where is Shemelincsi, Volynsk guberniya in Russia?

The best match that I could find is 'Shemetitsa' from the JewishGen Gazetteer. It is listed as a 'populated place' with coordinates 51° 03'N 28° 26'E, which would place it within the Volhynian ...
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Deciphering 1910 Russian city name?

The name appears to be written as "Dovgirdeli" or "Dowgirdeli". However, this will have been an attempt to render a Russian/Polish/Lithuanian name into English so we shouldn't expect that the ...
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Locating 1912 Russian town of Novoe Kurhane

There are several villages called Kurgan'e (Курганье) in present-day Russia and Belarus. Yandex Maps has a settlement called Kurgan'e, a part of Vladimirovka village, in Klichev district, Mogilev ...
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Place of birth listed on immigration docs but where in Russia is Kosnitza/Kosnitze?

It was likely Velikaya Kosnitsa. It had sizeable Jewish population in the beginning of XX century: http://www.jewishgen.org/ukraine/GEO_town.asp?id=313 Here is some additional info about it (Russian ...
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Where was Dalmasz, Russia?

My assumption is that immigration agent may have completed the paperwork for him and had him sign it if he was not fluent in English. The agents “assumption” that he was Russian if he spoke a Slavic ...
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Where precisely was Russian town of Osometz (1912)?

It could be Osowetz from North-Eastern Poland, Russian Empire in 1912 -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osowiec-Twierdza.
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Registration of Russian immigrants to England in late 19th century?

Depending on how close to the end of the 19th century you are looking for, this may be one such database that Ancestry.com has assembled: About England, Alien Arrivals, 1810-1811, 1826-1869 ...
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