European Ancestors – British in Russia (Part 9)

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This post is part of a series of 10 posts about the British Community in Russia. You can read the complete series HERE

In this post we are going to look at some further considerations:

  • Records in Russia are held locally, so it is important to know where your family were located.
  • Records involving Jewish individuals can be held in different locations compared to non-Jewish individuals
  • Basic understanding of Cyrillic alphabet
  • There is an Russian language 3 part course in the FamilySearch Wiki – Though some documents are in French, whilst others relating to the Baltic provinces of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are in German
  • Until the Revolution, Russia used the old Julian calendar and events took place 13 days behind the west who were using the Georgian calendar
  • Those who emigrated to other countries, including the United States from Russia likely sailed from Hamburg – read this page on the FamilySearch wiki
  • Familiarise yourself with the geography, religion, culture and language of your ancestors in Russia. That is very important and gives your research a good grounding. Furthermore, it is common that the British were able to converse in basic Russia.  Whilst many Britons remained in the British Community in Russia, it is feasible that some did integrate into the Russian community, including perhaps even having romantic liaisons!

You can read the complete series, of the British Community in Russia HERE

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies. Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies/surname courses as well as Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe.
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