Monthly Archives: November 2013

Looking to the Embassy for Help

In addition to the diary, Dad’s dresser contained some letters similar to those which I found at the National Archives. After collating the letters from both locations I was able to get a better picture of what happened to them … Continue reading

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Using Local Tour Guides in Our Search

This week’s genealogy hint is one that I used in my Irish family research, but I never thought to use it in looking for information regarding my Russian relatives.  Perhaps I need to listen to my own advice and see … Continue reading

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Stepping Back a Bit

The holidays are approaching and I have not begun preparations. I have planned no menus or bought no presents. This is not good! I know I have left the story with Dad safely out of the Soviet Union but suddenly … Continue reading

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More Memories of Jerry Aagaard

Jerry sent me another memory of his time in the USSR as a fourteen year old American boy.  His father and uncle had gone to the Soviet Union as engineers working for American Lead, which later became Dutch Boy Paint. … Continue reading

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Where Were All the Americans?

Among the documents I located at the National Archives was an interesting list- the geographical distribution of all known Americans living in the Soviet Union on January 15, 1942. Having read about the number of United States citizens who allegedly … Continue reading

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How Genealogy Comes in Handy

Many family historians probably know the feeling of being looked at oddly by friends and relatives who do not understand the joy we have in finding an obscure relative’s grave or finally locating great-great grandpa on a passenger list, or … Continue reading

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Surrounded by War

How did the war affect the possibility of repatriating Dad’s family after the Germans stormed into the Soviet Union that day in June, which was the same Dad arrived in Honolulu? Obviously, they would not be going to Moscow for … Continue reading

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