The first task that must be solved with the implementation of genealogical research, is the location of the necessary documents in archives.

The first task that must be solved with the implementation of genealogical research, is the location of the necessary documents in archives. For example, if your ancestors lived in a village several times passed by administrative-territorial division of a province or region of Russia to another, the parish registers and other documents can be stored in the archives of the area to which this village belongs to today, and in the archives of the area to which he belonged before. Also, documents can be stored and there and there, but for different periods of time. Therefore, starting a research you must first determine what archive to address.

Russia, Ukrainian, Belarusian archival systems, as well as the most other archiving systems in the former Soviet Union, are not at the peak of perfection. Many archives still do not have accessible guides to their collections! That is, requesting a particular archive and received a negative response you can not always be sure that the required information was unavailable. Just some of the archival funds are not inventoried. But there are, of course, some archives, which assembled detailed guides to their collections and even published them online. Some archives even attempt to engage in digitization of kept documents, reply to requests for research by e-mail. But this is mostly a rarity.

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One Response to “Difficulties of genealogical research in Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union”

  1. Alice says:

    How to find other Russian archives?

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