Russian birth certificates

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How do you find Russian birth records? I have checked the usual, Ancestry, Family Search etc, and I have tried different sites that have "Russian records", but either I find nothing, or they are in Russian. I am hitting a brick wall.
WikiTree profile: Eleanor Schleirmacher
in Genealogy Help by Carol Verge G2G3 (3.6k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith
Do you mean Russia (the place in your message) or Prussia (the tag you used)?
Please keep an open mind - you may or may not really mean Russia, even though you knew the person and she said she was born in Russia!

I had that situation with my paternal grandmother - she and my father always said she came here from Russia, but I discovered it was Lithuania.

In the late 1800's and early 1900's (at least) when people immigrated here, they were recorded as from Russia if they came from any of the countries that were part of the Russian Empire at that time.

Sorry to complicate your problem even further ... hope you make that breakthrough soon!

About foreign language sites - if you copy the address, then go to, you can paste in the address and get the page translated to English - not the best translation, but a whole lot better than something that is gibberish to you.
I didn't know her at all. This is just what I have heard from my mother and her mother. I guess my ignorance is showing. I have heard Russia I guess. I think Prossia was where my dad's ancestors came from. I have learned from my mom that she was born in Miroslawka, Russia., which is now Poland, right?
Prussia and Russia are different places. Prussia is fundamentally German, not Russian.

The place in Poland that you mention is in Pomerania, which historically was part of Prussia. See for some history covering the time of this woman's birth. In her time, the population was mostly German, not Slavic.

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This site has some info on how to get Russian birth certificates. There is also some contact information for various registry offices in Russia.

Note that a large part of Poland, as well as the Baltic countries, were once part of Russia. Some countries, such as the Ukraine, once part of Russia are now independent.

Parts of these countries suffered terribly during World War II, and archives of interest may have been lost or destroyed. However, as seen on some of the past episodes of Who Do YouThink You Are, much remains.

by George Fulton G2G6 Pilot (499k points)

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