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Two females, ten last names

Did you ever thought how difficult it is to search for the female relatives? Here is an example.  Our colleague has recently gave the presentation on his experience tracing the artwork provenance of several portraits by Mikhail Verboff (1896-1996).  Look at the attached picture. Two sisters (lower right corner). One have four last names from […]

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One of the complicated points of the research, even before you go to the archive, is to make sure you have the correct location. It is especially true if some migration was involved. In those cases people tend to forget exact details of their small villages where they were born and remember only the approximate […]

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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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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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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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Soviet Passports and IDs (1927-1999)

We have completed the research and found out how the letters in the Soviet passports (and удостоверения личности, personal IDs, and in ZAGS birth certificates) were assigned over the most part of the XX century. A couple of months of fruitless archival research finally brought some Real Historical Gems. It turned out that the 1974 […]

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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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