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July 26, 2016
My husband, Lee’s paternal line of the family were of German heritage but were immigrants from Russia. His grandfather was only 2 months old when they immigrated. One of Lee’s cousins helped to provide a history of his grandfather’s family from the time they immigrated, but my curiosity wanted to know more about their life in Russia. I have found several very helpful websites to research Russia and what their life was like before 1903 and what may have happened to the family that remained in Russia.
Reading a past Journal, I was able to find an article detailing the lives of my husband’s g-grandparents and the church they help found in Lipscomb County, Texas. I highly recommend becoming a member to be able to benefit from all the benefits the Society has to offer.
Odessa A German-Russian Genealogical Library (url: http://www.odessa3.org/ ) Odessa is a digital library that “consists primarily of digitized books and records plus indexes of microfilms and research aids that enable users to trace individual and family migrations since the early 1800s.” They carry everything from census records, cemetery and church records, family histories and gedcom files. This is a very valuable resource to find ancestors. I have found marriage, death, and christening records.
When you are researching a line of the family that doesn’t speak English, having resources from societies such as the ones I have mentioned is invaluable. They can provide records that have been translated into English along with providing translators if there are documents that the family has saved, such as letters or articles from the “old county”. The Societies work hard to make sure traditions, cooking, and even the music is preserved for generations to come.
I know that there are many more research sites available, but these three are my favorites.
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