25 February 2016

Russian State Library and its massive online records collection

Some of my husband’s ancestry is Russian from Matskevichi, Bystritsa, Slutsk, Minsk, so I do keep my eyes open for resources for genealogists from that country.

The most recent mention is an article about The Russian State Library, A Russian genealogy gold mine awaiting to be cleared of its treasures.

Do recognize that none of the records are in English!  Though, the website does have an English-language interface for the main page.

I found that using Google Translate was quite affective in translating pages in Russian.  You need to “search” on the terms of interest in the Russian language!  So, I would use Google Translate to go English to Russian and then when results were listed I would use Google Translate to go Russian to English.

Here is a Google Translate result for when I searched on Bystritsa (Быстрица in Russian).

So, if you are ambitious and have some Russian ancestors, check this out.

If you accessed The Russian State Library and found something relevant to your family history research, please share.

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