Find and translate Russian language vital or census records



If you have roots in the former Russian Empire (including Poland), it’s possible that vital records documents or revizki skazki (tax censuses) from your ancestral town may have been microfilmed or digitally recorded by the Family History Library. I can discover if such documents exist, and if so, search them for your family members, obtain digital files and translate them for you. These documents are in handwritten Russian, and few indexes exist. Thus, this process is very time consuming, and the person you seek may not appear in the records despite extensive searching. If successful, however, you will have a priceless remnant of a life lived long ago.

$50.00 /hour + expenses

Retainer upfront; Balance due on completion


Los Angeles County, California


Los Angeles Family History Library

Ordering instructions from jnrollins

Please provide the spelling of your family name and any variants that were used, as well as your ancestral town in the Russian Empire. If you have a document showing the Cyrillic spelling of the name, please provide that also. I will search available indexes. If the name/ancestral town combination shows up, I will obtain the microfilms from Salt Lake City (this takes several weeks), search the films, photograph any relevant entries that are found, and translate them into English.

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