Finding Relatives in Russian Empire Records for non-Russian Speakers

54 minutes

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More and more Russian Empire records are becoming accessible online, but few are indexed. But for those who don't speak Russian, browsing through the records in old-style Russian handwriting can be daunting. This talk will focus on how to identify, within various types of Russian Empire records, records relating to a researcher's family, in spite of not having any Russian language background. The talk will also cover various sources for online Russian Empire documents and discuss how to leverage these for one's own research.

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About Our Speaker 

Lara Diamond began researching in middle school and has traced all branches of her family multiple generations back in Europe using Russian Empire and Austro-Hungarian records.  She also uses genetic genealogy to augment document-based research.  She is president of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland, leads JewishGen's Subcarpathian SIG, and is on JewishGen's Ukraine SIG's board of directors.  She blogs about Eastern European research and DNA at