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Polish Research Discount

We can help you with your Polish research.

Missing relatives with Polish surnames? Old handwriting only grandma could read?

We are a small and determined team which does online and field research in Poland and Ukraine, visiting archives, libraries, offices, talking to old people in villages — all to find your missing ancestral links.

We have special 10% off winter pricing for orders made and paid in February.

Sample Galician receipt in Polish, Ukrainian and German languages. 1909. 

Tubabao photos 3/3

This is the last post with images found in the US National archives. They are much more optimistic than the previous batch describing the typhoon damage.

It shows “Humanity Calls”, the US non-profit which took a great effort to get those Russians from this remote island.

There are also photos of US Senator William F. Knowland (1908-1974) visit to the IRO refugee camp in Tubabao, Philippines. Senator in the refugees camp? It was possible in 1950s…

We left the captions as they were in the file. If you find any of your relatives here — please let us know.

*If you want to find details of your relatives’ life in Siberia/Russia/Ukraine/Poland even before coming to China — let us know by using this contact form or by e-mail info@rusgenproject.com, we can help you!

Source: National Archives and Records Administration, College Park MD, USA, RG 59, box 1591, decimal file 1950-54 398.411-IRO, declassified NND862921. Images dated January-February 1950.

Whether it shines or rains, there is always a queue at noon waiting for food to be issued at community kitchens. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Views of Tubabao. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Views of Tubabao. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

National Leader of the Camp with Mr E.S. Simpson – representative of “Humanity Calls”. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591

Views of Tubabao. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Views of Tubabao. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Departure of second group to Australia on board S.S. Marine Jumper. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

White Russians wishing to go to the United States are registered their names at REA office. The queue here is a small portion of 4000 people anxious to go.
Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Catholic church at Guiuan. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Catholic church at Guiuan. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Orthodox church at Tubabao-Samar. St John of Shanghai served here. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Whether it shines or rains, there is always a queue at noon waiting for food to be issued at community kitchens. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Surprisingly, several persons pictured here recently found us, being very excited.

Tubabao Photos part 2/3

While researching in College Park MD archive we found the unopened pack of photos, with the accompanying letter saying

Transmitted herewith are sixty-four pictures which are self-explanatory of conditions at the United Nations Evacuation Cemter on Tubabao Island

signed by James E Henderson, American Consul General

Those documents are of the few describing Russian Reefugee IRO camp on Tubabao. They are dated January-February 1950

We left the captions as they were in the file. If you find any of your relatives here – please let us know.

We will post the more optimistic batch of photos next week.

Source: National Archives and Records Administration, College Park MD, USA, RG 59, box 1591, decimal file 1950-54 398.411-IRO, declassified NND862921.

Refugees whose tents were destroyed are finding their shelter inside the Orthodox church. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Taiphoon destroyed many tents in Tubabao camp. 31 photos. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Taiphoon destroyed many tents in Tubabao camp. 31 photos. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Taiphoon destroyed many tents in Tubabao camp. 31 photos. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Taiphoon destroyed many tents in Tubabao camp. 31 photos. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Taiphoon destroyed many tents in Tubabao camp. 31 photos. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Taiphoon destroyed many tents in Tubabao camp. 31 photos. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Taiphoon destroyed many tents in Tubabao camp. 31 photos. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Taiphoon destroyed many tents in Tubabao camp. 31 photos. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Taiphoon destroyed many tents in Tubabao camp. 31 photos. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Taiphoon destroyed many tents in Tubabao camp. 31 photos. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Taiphoon destroyed many tents in Tubabao camp. 31 photos. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Taiphoon destroyed many tents in Tubabao camp. 31 photos. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Taiphoon destroyed many tents in Tubabao camp. 31 photos. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Taiphoon destroyed many tents in Tubabao camp. 31 photos. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Taiphoon destroyed many tents in Tubabao camp. 31 photos. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Taiphoon destroyed many tents in Tubabao camp. 31 photos. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Taiphoon destroyed many tents in Tubabao camp. 31 photos. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Taiphoon destroyed many tents in Tubabao camp. 31 photos. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Taiphoon destroyed many tents in Tubabao camp. 31 photos. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Taiphoon destroyed many tents in Tubabao camp. 31 photos. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Taiphoon destroyed many tents in Tubabao camp. 31 photos. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Taiphoon destroyed many tents in Tubabao camp. 31 photos. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Taiphoon destroyed many tents in Tubabao camp. 31 photos. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Taiphoon destroyed many tents in Tubabao camp. 31 photos. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Taiphoon destroyed many tents in Tubabao camp. 31 photos. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Taiphoon destroyed many tents in Tubabao camp. 31 photos. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Taiphoon destroyed many tents in Tubabao camp. 31 photos. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Taiphoon destroyed many tents in Tubabao camp. 31 photos. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Taiphoon destroyed many tents in Tubabao camp. 31 photos. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Taiphoon destroyed many tents in Tubabao camp. 31 photos. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Russian electrical engineers put together this Camp Power Station. Many of them used to work for the American-owner Shanghai Power Company, reputedly the largest in the world. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Russian electrical engineers put together this Camp Power Station. Many of them used to work for the American-owner Shanghai Power Company, reputedly the largest in the world. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Russian electrical engineers put together this Camp Power Station. Many of them used to work for the American-owner Shanghai Power Company, reputedly the largest in the world. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

To dig earth under the tropical sun is hard work. A latrine is under construction. The work has to be done, and the boys are doing it. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Busy morning in the camp. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Busy morning in the camp.
Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Mr John Dillon, the new Camp Superintendent, views the ruined barrach erected by his predecessor. He is a hard task, ruined tents, ruined barracks, in which live people with ruined hopes.Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

National leaders mournfully inspect the ruins. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Bewildered tots found refuge inside an IRO office whilst the wind howls outside. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

Bewildered tots found refuge inside an IRO office whilst the wind howls outside. Tubabao island, Philippines, January-February 1950. Source: NARA RG59 box 1591.

 

We need your help

We are looking for information to solve the puzzle of the Russian family which spent some time in Slovenia during WW2 then joined the Русский Корпус and then moved with the majority of this detachment to Paterson NJ, changing their identities in the process.

If you know someone who might have the knowledge of “korpusnik” life in general  or of their Paterson NJ “otdel” in particular, kindly get in touch with us by e-mail kir@rusgenproject.com or phone +1-646-873-6773 ext 333.

We promise to keep your input confidential.

On the photo is the grave of colonel Anatoly Rogozhin (Rogoshin), head of Русский Корпус, (wiki: Russian Protective Corps) sitting next to the small church at the Novo-Diveevo orthodox convent and cemetery in New York state. We checked with them already.

The grave of colonel Anatoly Rogozhin (Rogoshin), head of Русский Корпус, sitting next to the small church at the Novo-Diveevo orthodox convent and cemetery in New York state.

Tubabao. Introduction.

#Russian #Refugees. It was a forgotten story, 5000 Russians spend several years on the #Phillippines island Tubabao  in 1949-1953 (more details in Russian here).

“What do I get today?” asks this small boy looking into his daily food ration.

We have found a small trove of unknown photos in the US National Archive (College Park, MD, USA). They show the refugees life from different angles, optimistic and pessimistic.

Please check our site this week, we will be posting more of those.

What do I get today?

Did you ever found that documents about your family history are “Confidential” or “Classified”? Does it means you have no chances to see it? Definitely NO.

During last month we have reviewed documents like the one above in US, UK and Russian archives, were able to remove classification in UK file we needed, filed a dozen of applications in US. It is a bureaucratic procedure, sometimes long, but definitely doable and worth every cent.

You might not be very excited to learn WHY they followed them, but remember — those bits and pieces could be information you need to break your genealogical brick wall.

Google “FOIA” to learn more yourself or ask us a question, we will gladly answer.

This is one of many hundreds formerly classified documents we were able to see.

New Book Published

We have a small addition to our large index of Russians in China. The complete transcript of applications for the positions in the Russian Regiments in Shanghai in 1930s-1940s ( Russians in China. Shanghai D-917 Police Applicants: 1930-1942 ISBN: 978-1936531165) is published and available on Amazon and all major booksellers.

It contains detailed biographies (in English) of Russian immigrants who served in Russian Regiment, Shanghai Volunteer Corps, in 1930s-1940s. Includes police background investigation reports on applicants where available, the reconstructed list of persons for whom applications were destroyed in 1945, and the alphabetical index in Russian language.

Please order the copy for your library, or for your research needs, or as a gift — this will help us to get more books out.

 

Last week we continued to work on the complicated case of WW2 displaced persons. We searched in US National Archives, US, in St Petersburg Historical archive, Russia, in Chernigov regional archive, Ukraine.

Small pieces of complicated puzzle we have on hand start to group into something meaningful, and we hope we will be able to see the whole picture in a few weeks.

Have a complicated puzzle which bothers you or your parents for decades? Give us a try, we might help.

P.S. and what is on the attached image? It is one of 2.5 millions EWZ registration cards of persons of German origin kept from the WWII, with copies in US and in Germany. Maybe we can find your relatives here?

There are 2.5 millions cards like that detailing families with at least some German descent. Many of them are spread around the world. Maybe yours could be found here too!

Holiday Offer

Dear Reader,

Thank you for visiting this small web page of the small research company. 

You might be looking for the gifts ideas — here is one: 50% off digital historical research in Russia, Poland, Ukraine, if booked before 1 January 2018.

E-mail us   (info@rusgenproject.com) with your historical puzzle asking to be solved.

Old Russian Ded Moroz says that you will not regret!

Ded Moroz Cannot be wrong!

Merry Christmas

In this Christmas and New Year week we would like to thank you for reading our humble blog and wish you and all of important yours the very merry and happy coming year.

What is on this picture? It is the old SMS, text message. They used to call it “Telegramm” (which should not be confused with the name of the modern messenger. Note those letters in the lower part. Someone actually glued this tape to the paper before delivery.

Old Telegramm. around 1932, Shanghai, China. From the Shanghai Municipal Police files.

Do you have some strange old document needing explanation or translation? Send it to us, and we will solve this puzzle even in the Christmas time.

— Yours Historical Detectives

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