Here in Russia, if someone wants to announce a request to search for their ancestors, then, first of all, they have to write about their last known ancestor
, specifying main things: what their name was (a full name), a year and a place of birth, a grade, etc.
All this information will be publicily available
After this, both active and passive search is turned on:
- You can be given community advice on where and what documents to request, and then you can take active steps by yourself. So it can give a boost to your active search;
- It may happen that your "request" will hang for several years intact, and then someone whose genealogical tree has a common ancestor will see it, and thus a "passive search" will be made. Sometimes someone working in the archive will not be lazy and will look at the extract of your request.
- Or else, a private genealogist researcher may contact you for discussion of the terms of a paid search. Because he probably found your case perspective and so on
So, Writing such Family-search topics is like sending a message to the universe. There are many cases when it works.Archive section
Here is a comprehensive list of archives
You can ask experienced people a question about the work of this or that institution. It is possible and necessary to ask questions about the availability of certain documents and their issuance. It should be noted that now the Russian archives are beginning to digitize their collections. A lot of documents for Moscow have recently become available.
About 10 archives have digitized materials even earlier, and this is a very good tendency to put funds in open access. It's great that the state has taken this up. Some archives charge money for viewing these digitized documents.
Here it is necessary to note that the main archival documents for the Russian genealogy are registers of births, revision tales (it's like a household census of peasants for tax purposes), church confession statements, noble genealogy books, and service records of officers and regal officials.
It's hard for a novice to understand what to search for and where. Archives have lots of rules and features which can be not clear even for experienced researchers.
Vgd.ru contains information about the vast majority of archives and can be very useful.
So, It is recommended to read forum topics before visiting archives physically. It will help you to spend time in a more efficient way.
Recently, a new function has appeared - you can see who of the members of the forum plan to work in a particular archive in the coming weeks
You can see who of the private genealogists is free for new orders
There is a list on the site
where many researchers indicate their professional skills, location and level of proficiency in English.
Of course, It is not difficult to find a specialist for genealogical research on the Internet, but it is difficult to choose one among them. On the VGD.ru website, you can read the messages of experts on the forum topics, see user reviews, evaluate their communication style and the authority of a specialist in the community, etc., and this information should help you choose the right professional for you.Military section
This section presents everything related to wars. First World War and the Second World War mostly.
Members of the forum have worked out an excellent method of finding missing persons, which can be read here: https://forum.vgd.ru/120/
There is also a very interesting topic "Determination of uniforms, awards, weapons
" - here some cases occur quite often when, for example, someone posts a photo of a great-grandfather in a regal officer's uniform - and experts figure out when, in what rank and in what regiment their ancestor served. What awards he had and what he achieved. Such information, of course, can help in genealogical research greatly, although it would seem that initially there was only one photo.
And it is just interesting to know something new about your ancestor.Diaries
It is also a very popular section of the forum. Here core members of the community exhibit all their research on the history of their family and the places of residence of their ancestors.
Huge Gul Diary
. The Diary About the Chinese Eastern Railway (Chinese-Eastern Railway) is about the emigration through China of their ancestors, about the BREM DB (DB of the Bureau for Russian Emigrants). The Khabarovsk archive contains personal files-cards for thousands of people who left Russia, which will be of interest to a Western person with Russian roots.
Here is the Diary of Julia Zabello
. Her ancestor is a regal officer, and she is the main editor of our site.
Here is the Diary of Ivan Grezin
. He is a genealogist, a specialist in Russian in Europe. He has lived in Switzerland for a long time, and he understands the mentality of a Western person, also he is an excellent consultant.
The Diary of Alexander Grigorov
. He has very interesting historical research. Topics on the 1st World War etc.
There are a lot of diaries, many interesting ones. Here an essentially random set is mentioned - look at the section yourself, you will not regret it - a lot of interesting people are gathered there.News section
Visitors themselves report about all the events
in the world of Russian genealogy.Initial Sections
These are introductory sections that are good to read before using the forum. It will help you figure out how everything works and where and how to write in order to get a faster and more complete answer.
It's important to note that here, on the forum, the general approach is:
The community helps you in your search, it is HELP, and they do not make work instead of you and do not give ready-made answers. The community guides those who want to know the history of their ancestors and are ready to understand the search mechanism. So, the community can be very helpful to people who are ready to make their own efforts to study family history. If you want someone to do everything for you, there are many companies and specialists who do this on a commercial basis. And here is a list of such people
, you can look through it and choose a proper specialist. But you need to understand that the data is provided by the users themselves. The service is provided by the users themselves. This is not something the VGD.ru team is responsible for.