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100 years ago Odessa was the fourth largest city in Russian Empire (after Moscow, St Petersbourg, and Warsaw). As it was within the Pale of Settlement, it has the large Jewish population.  Another strange twist of the history is that a lot of Jewish records there survived the 1917 revolution, civil war, and the WWII.  […]

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Do you know that the nobility files of the former Russian empire could be found not only in the region where the noble person lived, but also in one centralized place? It was called Heroldy Department of the Governing Senate (Департамент герольдии Правительствующего Сената), it was the highest office to finally approve (or reject) nobility […]

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We were in National Historical Archive of Belarus and in State Archive of Zhitomir region last week, researching two complicated Jewish genealogy cases. Our other research geography of the last week was as wide, from Baltics to Siberia: Please let us know where we can help you with your historical research.

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We were asked to locate documents related to residents of the former German colony Gluckstal in Bessarabia. It is not an easy task to do, as those are spread across two (or three) different countries with different access rules. Here is the Google Map. The Red Mark is the actual location of Gluckstal , which, […]

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In our permanent quest for the new documents helping us locate your lost relatives we have visited the Fridtjof Nansen mansion, institute and the grave in Polhøgda, Lysaker, Norway. You might have heard about Nansen’s passports issued to refugees and stateless persons after the WW1.     

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Radio appearance

While the New Year vacations are close to their end, and we are back answering you question, our man in Kiev  was featured at  the local radio station talking about archives and genealogy. Good start of the year. https://hromadskeradio.org/programs/rankova-hvylya/polegshit-zhyttya-nashchadkam-vedit-osobysti-zapysy

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We wish to thank everyone who asked us complicated questions last year and hope you will come back with more unsolvable puzzles. We hope your families will be safe and well in this coming year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone 🙂 –Yours Historical detectives 

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Real Puzzle

Did you ever wondered why we call our research “puzzle solving” ? Look at those pictures. It is the same Galician village, part of Austro-Hungarian Empire until 1918, now in Ukraine, mapped in 1848 and in 1878. We are looking for a couple of particular house numbers. Does it look like a puzzle?? And why […]

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New project

We are looking now for the history of yet another family which emigrated from the former Russian empire to the North America. So far the research plan consists of visiting archives of Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv Historical, Odessa in Ukraine; Russian State archive (Moscow),  Moscow city archive, Bashkortostan archive (Ufa); checking Greece-related records in several Russian archives, […]

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Party archive

I recently went to this standard archival building in this part of the world (note those small windows which usually covered with dark glass):   It houses the former Sverdlovsk Communist party archive (currently titled “Center of the documentation of public organisations”   The place has a very large holdings of 1950s-1990s history of the […]

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