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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 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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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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Saratov and Engels

We have recently visited Saratov and Engelsh archives, on two shores of Volga river. State Historical Archive of Wolga Germans in Engels meet us very friendly and helpfully. Will return there shortly.

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Current Archival Roundup

We recently worked at: Crimean Respublic State Archive (Simforepol) Russian State Historical Archive (St Petersbourg) State Archive of Russian Federation (Moscow) Russian State Archive of Socio-Political History (Moscow) Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine (Kiev) State Archives of Kyiv Oblast (Kiev) Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine in Lviv Latvian State Historical Archives (Riga) Lithuanian […]

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Uzbekistan research

We went to Tashkent and Samarkand looking for relatives of the WWII Soviet officer Missed in action in October 1941. Yes, sometimes you search for documents in places like that.  

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Global reach, local search

We went to Penza, Russia, in the archive, to check the information on ancestors of the US resident in 1910s for the client from Germany. Found four generations of ancestors there. Very friendly archive, and highly recommended.

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Another puzzle solved

We have recently completed the research in Kirovograd archive, Ukraine. A few archive file covers to follow. Let us know how we can help you.

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