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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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Where is Dustih Hoffman, Hollywood movie star, and where are we, humble historic researchers, you may ask? We helped the PBS Finding Your Roots to locate and document details of Dustin’s grandfather’s life and death in Bela Tserkva, Russian Empire (now Ukraine). We researched this part of his family tree: And found this newspaper with […]

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China Eastern Rairoad

We are frequently asked to trace families of Russians from Harbin and other Chinese locations related to the КВЖД — China Eastern Railroad. The book we published — Russians in China. Genealogical index (1926-1946) — is a good place to start your research. We are having an exciting case with documents flowing in from Khabarovsk archive, Russian […]

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If you want to meet us in person…

We will be giving the talk on October 24th at the “Nashi Predky-Our Ancestors” Fall 2015 Conference in the Ukrainian Cultural Center Somerset, NJ. Please feel free to join this event, we expect this to be very informative and exciting conference. The title of our speech is Tracing heirs through Ukrainian archives: Detective stories of metrical records and censuses. […]

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A few summer archive trips

We did research with WWII residence lists in Zdolbuniv, Riwne oblast, Ukraine. This is the local archive building:   And the nice and very helpful archive personnel with our senior researcher:   The arrow on the following photo shows where you should go to find the vital records archive in Chernivtsi. We have been to […]

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March Archive Roundup

Just returned from Crimea archives. Simferopol and Kertch.  Catching small pieces of puzzles here and there, with some successes. Archives are not computerized, but the people there is friendly and helpful. They are currently digitizing the Crimea 1921 census sheets, look for them to be digitally available in a few months from now. Seen the […]

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