When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years. - Mark Twain
With the emergence of the Internet, searching for one's "roots" has
become increasingly popular and much easier. There are literally hundreds
of resources relating to genealogy on the Internet. We will try to focus
on the "how-to" of searching and the sites that would interest those
looking to or from the Newly Independent States for their heritage.
If you are interested in talking with others who are researching their "roots" in Russia and other NIS countries, we have developed a listserver called for Russian/NIS genealogy called FPGEN. We thought this would be helpful (and interesting!) because of the large amount of inquiries received at F&P from those researching their families history. We have also just created (February 9, 1998) the F&P Genealogy Bulletin Board for sharing information for those researching their roots in Russia/NIS.
General Information on Genealogy
This service allows you to search online through over 90 million genealogical records. There is a cost for some services while searching many databases is free.
Journal of Online Genealogy
Utilizing online resources and techniques in searching for family history is the purpose of this free e-zine. This is a very useful tool!
RootsWeb Genealogical Data Cooperative
As the "Internet's oldest and largest genealogy resource" this international site provides many free (and some subscription) services. The home of the famous ROOTS-L and many other listserves, RootsWeb also has a searchable surname listing of over 360,000 and many other searchable listings plus lots of other valuable resources. Be sure to utilize this website if you are tracing your heritage!
Friends & Partners Bulletin Board: Genealogy
This group, part of the F&P Bulletin Board for discussion of various US/Russia/NIS issues, is provided for those researching their "roots" in Russia/NIS.
Genealogy - The Mining Company
This fantastic, very extensive site covers many areas of researching family heritage including tips, surname search, articles, software, reviews of sites, plus much more. Well worth the visit!
Volunteer efforts provide Internet websites research in all counties and states in the U.S. with free access for everyone. This is a well-organized, invaluable site with information from multiple resources to aid in searches.
Although this is is a subscription magazine, their extensive website contains useful articles online from back issues and the opportunity for a free trial issue. One article well worth the time is Using Usenet by Jeff Chapman which explains the different genealogy related newsgroups including alt.genealogy and soc.genealogy.slavic (including Russia).
Sites Related to Russia and Other NIS Countries
Last Name Searches
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