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In the Russian State Historic Archives (Rossiiskii Gosudarstvennyi Istoricheskii
Arkhiv - RGIA) in St. Petersburg, there are materials on the history
of the Russian Empire and Polish Kingdom for the period from the end
of the 18th to the beginning of the 20th centuries (up to 1917). The
RGIA contains fonds of all ministries and departments, except Military,
Naval and Internal Affairs.
Included in these materials is information about the fate of participants
of uprisings in Poland in 1794, 1830-1831 and 1863 and their exile or
relocation to internal provinces of Russia. The kinds of information
found in the RGIA include the following:
- The Heraldry
Department fonds contain documents on the history of Polish noble
families including confirmation of coats of arms.
- The Main Redemption
Institution fonds contain files on the holdings of Polish landowners
mostly in the Western and South-Western provinces of Russia.
of Internal Affairs fonds contain information about Polish emigration
and changing of citizenship.
- The Ministry
of Justice fonds contain documents regarding crimes, including
crimes committed by inhabitants of Poland, BLITZ, as well as files
regarding the government's pursuit of them for their participation
in the revolutionary movement.
of Finance fonds contain information about property holdings
and tax payments including those who lived in the Polish Kingdom
in the second part of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th
Management and Publishing Affairs kept reports of censors about
the permitting or forbidding the publishing of literature and drama
works, including those by Polish authors.
Court Department fonds contain information concerning various
decorations, awards, honors and ranks; petitions to the Emperor
concerning the adoption of children born out of wedlock, wards,
and changing of surnames; the granting of private benefits; and
the RGIA contains other fonds including a large group of private
fonds, containing various service records and private correspondence.
There are Private file of the
- Polish artists
who studied in the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts
who studied in other Russian institutions of higher education
of joint stock companies
of charitable and educational institutions
on Polish Roman Catholic priests
The Russian Baltic Information Center - BLITZ in St. Petersburg
conducts genealogy searches using the RGIA as well as others archives
of St. Petersburg, Moscow and former republics of the USSR. BLITZ
provides reports of its findings with references to the archival
documents, Xerox copies of archival documents including coats
of arms, and translations into English.
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W. Edward Nute, Coordinator
Russian-Baltic Information Center - BLITZ
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