looking for help finding Russian Ancestors

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My great grandfather and his children have five different last names - the one that stuck was Stasheen. After my great grandmothers disappearance he married a Bernice Harless in 1920ishes I know he emigrated from Russia between 1916-1918. I have his naturalization record, death certificate, gravesite, and his remarriage record, and social security application. He emigrated with his wife, of whom there is nothing known - her name is only mentioned on the birth certificates - and again, its like 5 different names. I am trying to find out how to find information on him. Any ideas or help?
WikiTree profile: Charlie Stachkt
in Genealogy Help by Lorene Anonymous G2G Rookie (220 points)

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Hi Lorene, great questions.  Here are my recommendations:

* Open the privacy level of Charlie's profile.  We can't help you search for records if we can't see his vitals.

* Post copies of his documents (that don't contain sensitive info for current living family members) to his profile.

* Tell us where you have looked so far and what results you had.

* You might consider joinging the Russia Project - click on the link to learn more.

I have done research (a lot of research) on Russian ancestors and let me tell you this - it isn't easy.  During the 1917 revolution a LOT of records were destroyed.  It wasn't just a political revolution, it was a religious and societal revolution.

For the new government to have any chance of surviving, they had to erase the old.  This meant killing off all who opposed them (and thief friends and relatives), blowing up many of the churches with dynamite, burning the records, and completely changing the belief system of the people.  In this case, they replaced Orthodox Christianity with Communism.  Marxism became the new religion.

Those personal records that survived were often burned by people themselves because any connection to the Priesthood, the Nobility, the Government, or anything that was "old" could be a death sentence.

I recommend that you get well acquainted with Google Translate and the Russian search engines.  Put your search parameters into Russian Cyrllic and paste them into the search engines.  Troll the Russian genealoy sites using translate and ask other Russian genealogists for help.

I searched for about 2 years for a certain document and I only found it when I befriended a records bureacrat in central Russia who did a record pull for me; she scanned it and emailed it to me for free because she is a true genealogist at heart.

Good luck in your search - be determined and dig deep.

by SJ Baty G2G6 Pilot (923k points)
selected by Susan Laursen

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