More than 75 years have passed since World War II ended but the information flowing onto the Internet to document the war continues to the benefit of those doing their genealogy.
(Download a cheatsheet for Russian and Ukrainian words found on databases- flruf-database-cheatsheet.pdf)
Readers can view a video on how to use this database without knowing Russian here. The database will be less intimidating after viewing the video.
About 9 million records are available on this database to document the evacuation of residents from Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), provide information about those who died or survived the siege of Leningrad, offer data on those who served in the Soviet Army’s military units to defend Leningrad from the German army and release records on residents and people’s militia members who received awards for their service during the siege.
The archives of Chelyabinsk, Yaroslavl, Tver and Novosibirsk regions are working to provide the database more complete information on Leningrad residents who were relocated to their regions.
Those unaware of the evacuation process of Leningrad can learn about it here (translated into English).
Those who are unfamiliar Russian can follow these directions to search the database:
- Downloading Google Translate’s Internet browser app to a laptop or desktop computer is highly recommended to make viewing of the database so much easier.
- Use Google Translate or Transliterating English to Russian in One Step to write relatives’ and/or ancestors’ names in Russian.
- Create a document to keep a list of searched names so the search is organized and efficient.
- Copy and paste the translated names into the search box.
- Start searching with full names (in the order of last name, first name and patronymic name (name derived from the father’s first name such as Nicholaevich or Nicholaevna). If the patronymic names are not known, just use the last and first names.
- If results don’t appear, remove the first name (given name). Then remove the patronymic name to see what is available on the last name.
Here is a sample result on an evacuee:
Those who want to search specifically about evacuees need to use this link.
With using the Google Translate browser app, the search page for evacuees will look like this:
The keywords still need to be written in Russian to search even with using the Google Translate app.
Those who don’t know Russian also can try looking through the alphabetically listed evacuees under the search box but it will take awhile with more than 800,000 evacuees documented on the database.
This database is worth searching for anyone who had relatives or ancestors living in Leningrad during WWII. It is a database that I never imagined would get online because the complications involved to detail the information.
Hopefully, this database gives closure for those wondering all these years about what happened to their families and ancestors during the siege.
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