Welcome to the Russian surname checklist page.

The Russian Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Russian Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Russian surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Russian genealogy.

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I. The Russian Family Tree

It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Russian family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Russian brick wall? Read "Searching For A Needle In An Ancestral Haystack" for some helpful advice.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Russian Ancestors

II. Russian Genealogy

Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Russian ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Digital Books and Microfilm" can help accelerate your Russian research.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Russian

Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently count of matching Russian records matching Russian records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Russian family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

III. Origins of the Russian Surname

While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Russian surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.

IV. Russian DNA Projects

DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Russian relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Russian research?, then this FAQ may help.

V. Russian Family History

For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Russian ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Our Ancestors Paid Taxes" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Russian family history.

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with Russian Researchers

When you've come up against a brick wall in your genealogy research, posting a message board query can help; one of the biggest benefits is that message board queries are accessed through search engines, which means even someone not specifically engaged in genealogy but interested in your subject may find your query and bring valuable new information to the table -- it happens! The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Russian queries.

You may also want to consider posting a query to the Community Message Boards at Genealogy Today to get assistance from other researchers on your most elusive Russian ancestors.

VII. Russian Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Russian was the 39360th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Russian Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Russian, contact the folks at ProGenealogists for a free research estimate. You may also find it helpful to read, "When, Why and How to Hire a Professional Genealogist."

RootsWeb search of US Naturalization Records
RootsWeb search of Obituary Daily Times
RootsWeb search of Social Security Death Index

To have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.

IX. Upcoming Russian Family Reunions

Notifying everyone in advance to bring old photos and documents can bring big rewards, making a special place at the reunion (maybe even a special Russian booth) where people can come at their leisure to sit, look and chat; in addition to information and clues that might be written on the back of a photo, every photograph has a story and serves as an excellent stimulus to recall -- people might comment not only on the people in the photo, but also on what's in the background, or they might have information around where the photo was taken or the event -- just be sure to have someone there to capture new information. The article "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Russian reunion.

 

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