If during the search you have got too many options and you do not know whom to choose, you can always order individual search through the Contact US form. Maybe at this way you can save money and time. The cost of an individual search is 150 euros per one family name, and you can pay it through the DONATE button on the Home page. After payment, you will need to send us a letter indicating the details of the payment (who is the payer) and the head of the family who needs to be searched.
In most cases,the cost of the service is 150 euros for one surname. Names that appear extensively in our database, such as, for example, Galperin, Rabinovich, Kats, Levi and similar others will cost 250 euro per family name. The search for the family name will be done for one specified area only, and we will search only for the specific people you indicate. Alternatively, you can search the entire database yourself.
The handwriting in the censuses is extremely difficult to read. In addition, names could be written in a variety of ways. Therefore, if a desired name cannot be found, we advise you to look for your family name without the first letter, use alternative vowels and/or do not using endings. For example, if the family name is Galperin, try searching for Alperin or Perin first. Search results will be shown for any family name that consists of such letters. If you family name is Gartshteyn, we advise you to try all possible variations, such as Gershteyn, Gertshten, Girsht, Gart, Garsh and so on. Census ennumerators in the Russian Empire were not so literate and they recorded what they heard orally. Very often relatives in one and the same family are recorded with different spelling in the Russian language.
It is also necessary to take into account that most names were written both with and without the Russian letter Й, which appears in our transliteration as Y. That is why the same person can be both Rosenfel and Royzenfel in different documents. The letter Y can be inserted in any surname. Also, keep in mind that vowels can both disappear and appear in surnames.
You can choose any from this options, but we are wishing you good luck anyway.