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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Where is Wortono, Russia?

Maybe Wortono is a misspelling of Воротыня (Vorotynya), a small village in the Vologda oblast. See the Russian Wikipedia article for Воротыня.
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Source for Russian Army records for the WWI period

There is a Russian website that has a project going to provide the data within pdf format spreadsheets. These are also in Russian and provided according to Russian province. You can find these records ...
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Any Russian Orthodox records of Kamchatka priests around 1800?

It is difficult question because of the not well working archive system in Russia. I believe that such books are hold in the "Российском Государственном историческом архиве Дальнего Востока" in the ...
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Seeking Russian Orthodox Church Records 1840-1900 for Lagody, Poland/Russia (now Belarus)?

Lahady didn't have their own orthodox church, so their parish was in Szchuchin (Shchuchin) - foto of the church here, and you need records of the church in Shchuchin. Records of this parish are in ...
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Identifying Mignovich village in Russia/Belarus?

I took a look at the Słownik geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego i innych krajów słowiańskich (Geographic Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and Other Slavic Countries) to see if I could find a town ...
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Where is town Mieljkow in early 20th century Russia?

Best guess: Milejkava (Мілэйкава), Belarus -- which was also known as Mileykovo, Grodno Gubernia (province), Russian Empire. Russian town names that end in -kovo were sometimes written as -kow, and ...
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Looking for Deliatitz, Russia?

I think you may be talking about a town that is no longer in Russia, but rather was in the Russian empire at the time your ancestor's record was created. In Belarus there is a town Delyatichi (...
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Where is Ribet, Russia-Poland?

There are a number of possibilities but Georgenburg (in German): Rybitwy is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Pakość, within Inowrocław County, Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, in ...
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British War Medal

As Antony states, WW1 Campaign Medals can no longer be issued on behalf of those who never received them. According to the MoD site describing eligibility for WW1 Medals All World War 1 medals were ...
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Looking for Czaruazien, Russia?

The first thing I'd do is look for further records to their place of origin - records created at different times, as well as records created for different people who may have come from the same area. ...
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Dead ends on all searches for name

This is a good example of how the big-box genealogy sites don't serve us well for doing genealogical research. They expect us to search for people by name, when their names can be one of the most ...
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Identifying Polish town recorded as Plugazewa, Russia in 1913?

I took a look at the Słownik geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego i innych krajów słowiańskich (Geographic Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and Other Slavic Countries) to see if I find a town with a ...
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Seeking birth family of Michał (Michael) Gudzinowicz Praniewicz from Poland/Russia?

The Geographical dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and Other Slavic Countries lists three different locations for Ryski. The first is a village in the powiat lidzki; the second is a small town in ...
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Where can I find information about Soviet Union arrests in the 1930s?

Memorial community collects information about political arrestants from USSR and places information here in alphabetical lists of surnames. One can try to look through lists and find ancestor's names.
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Where is Asszumki, Russia?

I think the next things to check: the cities, towns and villages names were probably written as the clerk heard it. The clerk does not have any idea what is the correct spelling of the place where ...
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Where was Babie, Russia (era 1890's)?

Could it be "Babice", rather than "Babie"? There are several possibilities for "Babice" in Poland and the Czech Republic. I found an online copy of the passenger list from the Kaiserin Auguste ...
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