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 if it helps.
The branch of my mother’s family that I was able to locate in Ireland lived in Castlebar, which is in County Mayo. I have mentioned a lot of the folklore of Dad’s family, but my mother has her own set of interesting family members.
My most famous Irish relative was Louis Brennan. His claim to fame was the torpedo he invented, which was used by the British Navy to defend its harbors and some of its territories for many years, as well as a monorail and helicopter.
I have the Brennan Family Bible, but there are a few holes in the family tree that I was unable to fill until I went to the Castlebar website, where I located the name of a local historian and tour guide, Brian Hoban. I contacted him, and like my traveling friend, Bumblebee Trails who photographed a Russian graveyard as a random act of kindness for me , Brian graciously offered to take some photos of the Brennan family grave (He even got someone to translate the Gaelic inscriptions!), which contained the final resting place of the missing family members. In addition, without my asking, Mr. Hoban photographed the Brennan family home on Main Street and also went to the library to insure that he was, in fact, taking pictures of the correct home.
So my advice, which I will try with my Russian family, is to see if there are any local historians and/or local tour guides who may be willing to assist you, or at least point you in the right direction, in finding information regarding your family.