Russia Goals:  1: Research and Records   2: Archives and Libraries   3: Vital and Census Records   4: Church and Cemetery Records   5: Emigration and Immigration   6: Maps and Gazetteers   7: Newspapers   8: Websites   9: Search Records   10: Get Help  





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Goal 1: Learn about Russia research and records.


Choices:

A. Explore Russian research.

  1. Learn about Russian research in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Russia Genealogy
  2. Learn about the primary types of Russian records available.
    FS—Russian Primary Record Types—5 pgs.

    FS—Records of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Republics—56:27
  3. Learn more about Russian research in this video.
    FS—Introduction to Russian Research—61:13

B. Learn about Russian language resources for research.

  1. Get an introduction to the Russian alphabet.
    FS—Wiki: Russian Alphabet
  2. Become familiar with Russian alphabet characters.
    Field Guide to Russian Letters
    | FS—Wiki: Russia Handwriting
  3. Get tips for reading the Russian script used in many records.
    FS—Russian Script—4 pgs.
  4. Learn about Russian words, dates, and genealogy terms.
    FS—Wiki: Russian Words and Dates

C. Learn about Russian names and surnames.

  1. Learn about Russian genealogy terms in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Russian Genealogy Terms
  2. Learn about Russia names and surnames in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Russia Names

D. Use effective research methods for your Russian ancestors.

  1. Explore the Forebears.io site for research records.
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  3. Learn about basic techniques for reading Russian records.
    FS—Reading Russian Records—30:00
  4. Learn about geography, records, and resources for Russian research.
    FS—Russian Geography and Resources, Part 2—22:00


Goal 2: Learn about Russia archives and libraries.


Choices:

A. Learn about Russia archives and libraries.

  1. Learn about Russia archives and libraries in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Russia Archives and Libraries
  2. Learn more about Russian archives in the International Institute of Social History site.
  3. Explore the Books We Own site for books that can be checked out or researched for you by others.


Goal 3: Learn about Russia vital and census records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Russia vital records.

  1. Learn how to read Russian birth records.
    FS—Russian Birth Records
  2. Learn how to read Russian marriage records.
    FS—Russian Marriage Records
  3. Learn how to read Russian death records.
    FS—Russian Death Records

B. Learn about Russia vital records.

  1. Learn about Russia census records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Russia Census Records
  2. Explore Russian census resources in the CensusLinks site.


Goal 4: Learn to use Russia church and cemetery records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Russia church records.

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  1. Learn about Russia church records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Russia Church Records
  2. Explore the Jewish Genealogy Encyclopedia for Jewish resources in Russia.

B. Explore Russia cemetery records.

  1. Use the cemetery sources listed in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Russia Cemeteries
  2. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  3. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.




Goal 5: Learn about Russia emigration and immigration.


Choices:

A. Learn about Russia emigration and immigration.

  1. Explore the World Vital Records site for Russian passenger arrivals in the United States.
  2. Explore the Odessa site for immigration resources for German-Russians.


Goal 6: Learn about Russia maps and gazetteers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Russia maps and gazetteers.

  1. Learn about Russia maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Russia Maps
  2. Learn about Russia gazetteers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Russia Gazetteers

B. Explore Russia maps and gazetteers.

  1. Explore Russian maps in the Perry-Castaneda site.
  2. Explore the David Rumsey collection of Russian maps.
  3. Explore old maps of Russia in the 1900 Collection.
  4. Explore the Old Maps Online site for Russia maps.


Goal 7: Learn about Russia newspapers.


Choices:

A. Explore Russia newspapers for ancestor research.

  1. Search Russian newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site.
  2. Search Russian newspapers in the world-newspapers.com site.
  3. Search Russian newspapers in the ABYZ News Links site.


Goal 8: Explore additional websites for research.


Choices:

A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for Russian research.

  1. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
  2. Explore links in GenealogyLinks.net.


Goal 9: Search records from Russia.


Choices:

A. Use links to quickly search the most common record collections for Russia.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. Click a link in the first section to search a FamilySearch collection.
  2. Click a link in the second section to search an Ancestry collection.

B. Explore additional record collections.

  1. Explore the FamilySearch page for Russian online record collections.
  2. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast or MyHeritage), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.

C. Explore GenealogyInTime for Russian records.

  1. Explore the Europe page of the GenealogyInTime website. Record collections are listed and described in order from newest to oldest additions, including FamilySearch, Ancestry, and many other sources.


Goal 10: Get Help with your Russia research.


Choices:

A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the Russian Genealogy page on Facebook.
  2. Visit the Eastern Europe Genealogical Research Community page on Facebook.
  3. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for Russia.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for Russia research.

  1. Search the RootsWeb site for Russia research mailing lists.
  2. Explore the Russia research mailing lists by locality.

C. Learn about Russia genealogy societies.

  1. Learn about Russia genealogy societies in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Russia Societies





QUIKLinks

FamilySearch   Catalog
Russia Births and Baptisms:  1755-1917
Russia Deaths and Burials:  1815-1917
Samara Church Books:  1779-1923
Lutheran Church Book Duplicates:  1833-1885
Tver Church Books:  1722-1918
Russians to America 1834-1897


Ancestry
Duma Voter Lists:  1906-1907
Holocaust Refugees to Tashkent:  1941-1942