Russia Record Finder

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This table can help you decide which records to search using the following steps:

Step 1. In column 1, find your goal.

Step 2. In column 2, find the types of records most likely to have the information you need.

Step 3. In column 3, find additional records that may be useful.

What you are looking for: Try these records first: Other useful records:
Age Church Records, Civil Registration Census, Obituaries, Naturalization and Citizenship
Birth date and birthplace Church Records, Civil Registration Census, Military Records, Naturalization and Citizenship
Boundaries (parish, district, or county) Gazetteers, Maps Jurisdictions
Death information Church Records, Civil Registration Cemeteries, Obituaries, Newspapers
Emigration information Emigration & Immigration
Historical background History Societies
Language helps Languages, Russian Word List
Living relatives Directories, Societies
Maiden name Church Records, Civil Registration Census
Marriage information Church Records, Civil Registration Census, Newspapers
Naming customs Names, Personal Periodicals
Noble families Periodicals, Biography Heraldry, Nobility
Occupations Church Records, Civil Registration Census, Occupations
Parents, children, and other family members Church Records, Civil Registration Census, Court Records, Land and Property, Probate Records
Physical description Military Records
Place-finding aids Gazetteers, Maps Jurisdictions
Places of residence Church Records, Civil Registration, Population Census, Court Records
Previous research (compiled genealogy) Genealogy, Periodicals Societies, Biography
Record-finding aids Archives and Libraries Periodicals, Church Directories
Religion Church Records
Social activities Social Life and Customs