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Access the records: United States, Russians to America Index, 1834-1897 .
This collection consists of data files relating to the immigration of Russians to the United States for arrivals 1834-1897. Created by the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, Center for Immigration Research.
Information found in this collection may include the following:
- Passenger’s full name
- City and town of last residence
- Country of origin
- Port of arrival
How to Use the Record
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
- Passenger’s name
- Country of origin
- Destination city or country
Search the Collection
To search the collection fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination.
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
Keep in mind:
- If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
- Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.
Using the Information
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example:
- Use the residence and name of your ancestor to locate church and land records.
- Their occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
- The country and town of residence can lead you to census records.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
- Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals with the same family number.
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Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
- "United States, Russians to America Index, 1834-1897." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, Center for Immigration Research. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.