Genealogy surprises

Today, many of us try to understand the past of their ancestors, to feel the connection of generations and ages. Someone more concerned with issues of blood relations – belonging to a particular ethnic or kinship with someone of the famous people. And someone grasp the realities of life in which their grandparents lived – for example, why the grandmother, who was born in St. Petersburg, received an excellent education, suddenly found herself somewhere in a village near Stavropol and remained there for life, or how it happened, that the grandfather, an illiterate peasant of Vologda region, came to Moscow and became a major structural engineer.

Many reasons to start your search of information about the life and fate of relatives give the facts of repression or participation in wars. For example, we searched for information about the grandfather of one of our customers, a veteran of World War II, and found that before the war he was married, but not to the customer’s grandmother. He never told about this woman. Where she was, if they had children, we have yet to learn. How the second marriage was possible, if the grandfather was already married? It turns out that he was wounded, and in the documents of the Military Archives there is information about his death. So, the first wife received a death notice, and after the war was not looking for her husband, and he seemed to have kept silent about his first marriage.

These are the surprises that our genealogical researches bring out sometimes.

2013 New Year

New Year has come!

Best wishes to all genealogy fans and researchers!

We hope that Russian archives will become more accessible for their clients this year.

And we’ll have opportunity to find more family roots!

Happy New Year!

May Day

May Day is celebrated in Russia as Spring and Labour Day. And at the same time it is a state holiday, but everybody knows that it is not necessary to work on holidays. Isn’t it a paradox? :)

But for genealogy fans it doesn’t matter what is the day today. We are always  busy!

The Shrove Sunday


Today in Russia we marked the last day of Shrovetide – the Shrove Sunday. By tradition, all baked pancakes, visited friends and relatives, walked in the street. The weather was fine for the festivities - it was warm, fluffy snow was falling, the sun glimpsed through the clouds. We wish you all peace, happiness and good mood!

The Day of National Unity

Today Russia celebrates the Day of National Unity.  Frankly speaking not all the Russians know the meaning of this holiday. It was established in 2005 instead of the Day of the Great October Socialist Revolution celebrated prior to 1991 on the 7th of November. It was the main holiday in the USSR.

We all well aware form the  school history lessons  that on the night of 7 to 8 November (New Style), 1917, in Petrograd an uprising was committed by the Russian proletariat, that the armed workers, soldiers and sailors seized the main post, telephone and telegraph offices, that the cruiser “Aurora” standing on the Neva quay fired, and it was the signal to start the capture of the Winter palace, and  that they overthrew the provisional government and proclaimed the power of the Soviets, which then existed in our country more than seventy years.

All these years, the  7th November Day was a “red day on the calendar”, a public holiday celebrated with military parade and demonstration of workers in the Red Square. With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Communist Party excommunication from the power there came the end of it. In Russia the 7th November Day, at first, was renamed the “Day of Accord and Reconciliation”, and then completely abolished. While in Belarus this day stays a weekend and a public holiday, which is now called a bit shorter than in the Soviet times, “The Day of the October Revolution.”

Russians are used to celebrate the November 7 Day, in addition, it successfully separated the first two quarters of the school year. The Russian government has therefore decided not to remove the holiday altogether, and replace it with something else. In Russian history, was found the day November 4, 1612, when the people’s militia led by Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky liberated Moscow from Polish invaders. And since 2005 we are trying to celebrate this holiday

Take an example from the Japanese!

How many generations may be in a genealogy tree of  European, American or Russian family? 10, 15, 20? I think the maximum is 20, because the documents containing genealogy information may be dated not earlier than the 17th century. That is the time when the first state revisions were conducted. There aim was to fix the quantity of  tax payers and reservists.  If they were not, we would never know about our ancestors anything. Surely there was a tradition ‘to know your ancestors to the 7th generation’, but the names of ancestors were forgotten over time. And today very rare families know their history more than the 19th century.

In Japan the situation is quite different. For Japanese it is a tradition to conduct their genealogy for centuries and even for thousands years. Every family carefully keeps records about their family events. They are written on special handmade paper (mino vasi)  by special ink and put in special wooden box. The box is also hand made and sealed, it is put into a safe place out of reach of sun, water and fire. In such way the genealogy books can be stored for a thousand years or more. Surely today the Japanese have an opportunity to compose their genealogy by means of computer, but the ancient tradition is more claimed. Lets take an example from the Japanese!

June 1 is the Russian Children’s day

June 1 is the Russian Children’s day. Protect your children from TV violence and stupidity! Let them know more about their family history.

Today we celebrate the Victory Day in Russia!

May 9 is an all-Russian holiday. We congratulate all veterans of the World War II, who fought against fascism. We mourn of those who perished during these horrible years.

Visit the sites testifying the enormous losses and unprecedented feats of Russians in the World War II:

Kazan-2011. Waiting for spring

Recently we’ve visited Kazan – the capital of  Tatarstan (one of the Russian republics). The first impression was that the city looked like Berlin after the World War II. Many beautiful building were in ruins, highways and pavements were awful!  Besides this winter was very snowy and road services were overloaded. But the Kazan Kremlin with it’s museums, towers, the Kul Sharif mosque and the Cathedral of the Annunciation is still wonderful. So, see the photos below.

Extremal genealogy. Siberia

Have you ever been in Siberia? No? It’s surely worth seeing!
Some days ago a group of genealogists finished a wonderful trip to the Russian backwoods.They visited such cities and towns as Novosibirsk, Omsk, Tyumen, Ishim and other. The aim of this journey was collection of information about the family of one of our clients. Our researches interviewed many members of the client’s family, made photos of the places of residence, visited some regional archives. The collected material will be a foundation of the following genealogical research.
Some may ask why this business trip was wonderful? Certainly it was. If you live in such city as Moscow, you have already forget about ‘the soviet service’. In Siberia it’s not an exotic. During this journey we fell into now in the seventies, now in nineties, now in the present. For example, some Siberian hotels we couldn’t name good; we had to pay too much for old furniture in rooms, bad breakfast, and awful service. But other hotels had a really high level of accommodation. And, certainly we’ve seen how people live in Russia today, not the Muscovites, but all the other Russians…

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