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  1. Eidde

    Beautiful-looking site & lots of useful information, too! The entry on the museum in particular caught my attention.

    I’ve recently discovered that my gggrandfather may have worked in Russia sometime between 1860 and 1880. I have only a tiny bit of evidence to go on: his name was Francois de Sales and his wife was Elizabeth or Estelle, depending on the source. On Elizabeth’s death certificate she was described as the ‘wife of a museum workshop man’ and on their son’s marriage certificate Francois is listed as ‘dead’ but his wife’s residence is given as St Petersburg (which was the last thing I was expecting!). So I’m wondering if Francois worked in a museum in St Petersburg and how I could investigate this.

    Do you think it’s worth writing to museums in St Petersburg and, if so, would English be acceptable?



  2. Mike Dokuchic

    Thank you for your great work. I have been exploring your site for several days now and following links that have yielded great information. I have been using Ancestry for 3 years now and have exhausted their resources. Your site has opened many new possibilities. It has guided me back to the translators and offered advice when results where not forthcoming. I have read many books about the history of immigration to Canada from Belarus and Ukraine and have a good sense of what was going on in Eastern Europe in the past century. I have a picture of my Grandmothers brothers from 1930 and one of them is wearing a cap with a star on it and a uniform. The Lipovich brothers are Ivan, Vladimir and Stephan. I can find no trace of them. I believe they are from Zhichin village near Malich of Pruzhany district of Grodno region Belarus. I have found hundreds of Lipovich names but not these guys. Their father is Bazil (Wassily)

    Mike Dokuchic


  3. Reading ur blog, like recognize myself. But I’m doing my research over 10 years inside of Ukraine, with looking roots outside. Besdies my 3 blogs I run one more dedicated to genealogy/ethymology/genography:

    And your blog, I guess bright example, that genealogy research is indeed interesting and fascinating thing. Despite many people told me “Why do you need it?” I’m still confident in that what i’m doing, after reading such blogs like yours 🙂

    I’m native UA speaker, fluent in RU, advanced in English and currently in Poland (working as web developer & personal genealogy researching). So if you need some help with UA/RU don’t hesitate to contact me.

    And later, I will try to trace all your blog entries, because I feel I can find something interesting, especially some unknown resources for me.

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  4. ken stevens

    I am a member of the Trefanoff family. I am trying to find information about my family. Key names include Phillip Trefanoff, Fred Trefanoff, Michael Stevens and Mary WIlliams.


      1. ken stevens

        Phillip was born in Serakatja (sp), Russia, He was born September 8, 1892 and has Fred Trefanoff listed as next of Kin. Phillip immigrated to Manitoba, Canada. With who, I dont know.but understand most of his family may have ended up on the east coast of the US.


  5. kenas10

    I have learned that Fred Trefanoff was Michael Trefanoff’s father. It looks like both Fred and Michael changed their last names to Stevens. Late 19th century.


  6. kenas10

    I also also learned from family that most of the family immigrated to the US north east with my grandfather Philip being the only one to come to Canada.


    1. Have you looked for your relatives’ US naturalization records on or US National Archives’ website? I believe the archives’ website charges $10 per person. But you could contact the regional office closest to their home for the first 5 years in the US for a free search too.


  7. Ralph Willing

    In your 6/3/17 blog, you mentioned: “As a last resort, the son of my grandfather’s sister posted information on his mother’s family on All Russia Family Tree (link translated into English) in 2005. That is the only place where he posted to find us and he didn’t have much hope we would find his message.”.

    When I went to try and register on the forum, it is an unsecure site. Have you found any way of registering thru https://?

    Thanks. Great blog with lots of good ideas.


    1. I’ve had the same password for my account on that website for several years without a problem. If you are concerned about Internet security, download Windows Defender from and any other free firewalls, anti-virus and anti-malware programs. I use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and McAfee Security Scan to keep my computer safe on Russian and Ukrainian websites. I don’t know what to recommend for iPhones and Macs.


      1. Ralph Willing

        It was McAfee Security that warned me about the site. I’ll see what I can do for a secure connection. Thanks for the quick reply.


      2. I hope you work it out. This website is the best for Russian and Ukrainian genealogy. I leave my window open on that website all the time and haven’t had any problems with my computer.


  8. Alexey

    Hi, Vera! Have you tried It’s a free website where you can upload your raw data from Ancestry, 23andme or FTDNA and look for some matches in their data base as well as try various admixture calculators.


  9. Judy Petersen

    I am looking for the following families. Even with the instructions, I haven’t been able to successfully navigate any of the Russian sites. If someone would like to plug my names/towns in and do a general search I would really appreciate it!

    Judy Petersen

    USVYATSKY (Уcвятский–Russian / Усвяцкi Belarussian): I’m interested in anyone with that surname, since it is so rare, but my family is know to have lived in the shtetls Rossasna and Dubrowna the towns Orsha and Vitebsk, and the agricultural settlement Leninets in Belarus. Branches of the family moved to Birobidjan, Leningrad (Shimon, b. 1914), and Dzhankoy in Crimea.

    KARP (карп, кэрп) from Vasilkov and Rzhyshchiv)


    1. I have sent information from my Russian e-mail account with the subject line- Find Lost Russian & Ukrainian Family blog. Please check your spam box if it doesn’t appear in your inbox.


  10. Katy Dailey (Spilberg)

    Hello! I am hoping you might be able to point me in the right direction. I am trying to find information on my great grandfather. His name was Abraham Spilberg and he had a brother, I think, that he came to the US with (Isadore). They were from Russia. In their naturalization records it says they came from Thetonier and Zhitomer, but I cant find that these places existed. According to local records it states they arrived in the US in 1907. I am trying to get family info back in Russia on the family they left behind. Any ideas how to start?


  11. susan getchell

    Hello Vera, You have a great website. Like so many others, I have hit the brick wall. My grandmother left Russia shortly before the Russian Revolution to work as a nurse in France. I have a lot of documentation as to her existence in France and even photographs from Russia.  Her family lived at 22 Sivtsev Vrazhek Lane, Moscow during the winter and somewhere in Tambov during the summer. According to a brief history my grandfather left, the father (my great grandfather),had a farm growing wheat, a failed attempt at raising camels and training/breeding(?) the horses called Orlov Trotters for the czar. I actually have a silver trimmed horses hoof with a picture of the horse on it!  For my great grandmother, this was her second marriage. My great grandfather, Vladimir, died in 1906 and the rest of the family, went to Siberia. (Except my grandmother). I have added all their names by the picture below. I would like to go back farther. I have made a tentative connection with some elusive cousins in Bogota, Colombia named Sokoloff. Genealogias de Colombia has a man named Boris Sokoloff married to a Eugenia Mosolov! Boris was my mother’s godfather and my aunt Sonya went to visit them back around the 1940’s. I have contacted their descendants through Geneanet, Genealogy de Colombia, and facebook, but no response so far. (I don’t think they know much, but I was hoping I piqued their interest.) If you have any thoughts on what to do next, I would love it.  Thank you, Susan Getchell

    Below are the Mosolovs: L to R,  Sofia Matrievna Stotskaya,(sp?), Vera, Nadia, Lioubov,(my grandmother), and Vladimir Petrovich Mosolov

    P.S. I tried to email you, but your address didn’t work. The email had photos of the hoof and a Mosolov family portrait. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to add them to this post.


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