How to find the ancestors and make his pedigree
Along with the growth of interest in his pedigree is growing and the number of people willing to help in this and even sell noble origin. Doctor of historical Sciences Alexei Mosin told how to avoid mistakes.
Knowledge of the past is a kind of not only helps to define the place of the family name in history, but maybe even to save them from premature death. After learning how sick and at what age they died ancestors, it is possible to identify “risk areas” and to preserve the health, says a professional historian Alexei Mosin, who for ten years has restored his ancestry from the time of Ivan IV the terrible and formulated a series of incentives to explore their roots.
What to know the sort?
First of all, to be able to have the most complete identity. But still — to know the genetic predisposition to diseases or dependencies. Important and the ability to pass this knowledge on to their descendants.
Starting with the study of surnames, then it is difficult to stop, says Mosin. “It’s addictive, it’s like adrenaline, it is not necessary to climb the rocks and jump with a parachute. Studying the roots, understand the extent to which we are all not strangers to each other people. The assertion that we are all brothers and sisters, close to the truth. Mathematically it looks like this: in the second lap of the two ancestors (parents), in the third four, the fourth eight, in the 21st — more than a million in 31-m — per-billion. Given the average distance between generations (about 30 years) each of us in the XI century must be more than a billion ancestors. The number of ancestors to be not really maybe just the same people are our ancestors by two or more ancestral lines,” says Mosin.
Kajana Kantemirova, a representative of the famous circus dynasty Ossetian horse riders, which was founded by people’s artist of Russia Alibek Kantemirov (1882-1975) — master of the equestrian circus, the Creator of the school of circus naezdnica. Kantemirova — big family: brothers Alibek Ibrahim and Sultanbek, sons — Hasenbeck, Irbek and Did, grandchildren Alibek, Anatoly, Mairbek and granddaughter of Kajana.
Father Kajani Hasenbeck kept and actively supplemented by archival documents and materials on the history of the family Kantemirovs. “At home, we had a Museum of circus art with rare materials, not only about our family. My brothers continue the tradition,” noted Kajana.
“Well remember my father’s stories about my preprepared of Kantemirova Bakht, who served as leader of the cavalry of the progressive Georgian king George XIII. Preserved the Royal Charter confirming this fact, it’s the middle of the eighteenth century,” continues Kajana.
Kantemirova know that their family, especially in the male line, almost no one suffered heart problems.
Ancestors distinguished by longevity, I found uncle grandpa, who was 114 years old. My dad had a favorite saying: “Genes — a great thing!”Kajana Kantemirova
“On tour in the highland of Mexico all the artists in our program suffered from lack of oxygen and often breathed them from the cylinders, behind the scenes. All but our horsemen. Still the life of the ancestors in the highlands has affected us today,” explains Kantemirova.
Where to begin the search for their ancestors?
You should start with fixing the living memory of the family, to talk with elders in the family people — parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and grandparents, their brothers and sisters. Key questions: what was the name of the ancestors, where they lived, what was their social status, time, and place of birth and death, ethnic and religious affiliation, participation in historical events. All this will help to determine the search direction.
The experience of Mosin, the main difficulty at this stage is the reluctance of people to talk about his past. “People are moving away from these conversations because some had a very hard life, others are the children of enemies of the people, someone dispossessed. We at the genetic level, there is a historical fear for the fate of their loved ones, because before it was impossible to pass out of the family home talk. But it is necessary patiently to explain that the family needs to preserve their memory,” — said the historian.
Alexander Serafin — President of the Association of electronic electoral policy of Russia from St. Petersburg have discovered a family legend of his great-grandfather — Professor of biology Leo Serafina — 11. From him Alexander received handwritten in 1954, a family tree and a mandate to preserve the legend of the family. This story happened in 1837 in Kirovskom the district of the Vologda region.
The daughter of the landlord fell in love with the son of a peasant blacksmith Ivan Zakharovich, but he doesn’t answer. However, the girl was persistent. The blacksmith put in the pit, and then chained to the post and began the torture, forcing to accept the claims of the girl. In the end, a distant ancestor of surrendered.
“Brother of the landowner replied, “C’est La vie”, and the local serfs heard “servin”. It happened our last name,” says Alexander Seravin.
27 years it took Alexander to discover proof of the legend. Together with a professional historian he found the documents confirming these events, wrote a book about the history of the family from the XVII century, in honor of the 200th anniversary of the founder family gathered Serving through social networks and organized a celebration of the surname in the village, where there was a story.
“It was amazing, 180 years later to read about these events in the documents. Most of all I was surprised that almost a third of modern Servinig engaged in blacksmithing, not knowing that their ancestors for 400 years was the Smiths. I myself have also forged armor, and Seralini of the Murmansk region even organized their forging production. In addition, during the revolution the great-grandfather destroyed the Church in the homeland. Not knowing this, after 100 years my namesake Alexander Seravin built in his district the stone Church. It turns out that fixed the karma of the family,” notes the analyst.
How useful family archive?
When dismantled materials home archive — ID, premium sheets, certificates, employment record books, autobiographies, memoirs, diaries, letters, old photos, books with inscriptions, — learn new family stories and names. All this is necessary to identify, learn and use in future searches.
“We need to pull all the strings, the leads that you have yourself on your mind” says Mosin.
Photographs it is helpful to turn to “talking documents” — on the back of the sign with a pencil, who and under what circumstances depicted in the picture, otherwise soon they are nothing to tell.Alex Monistory
Leonid Sevastyanov from Moscow — the Executive Director of the charity Foundation named after Saint Gregory the theologian, recognized their ancestry from the XVIII century, thanks to two surviving photographs of his grandfather, a white Cossack, member of the Civil war Stephen Sevastyanov. “I didn’t even know when he was born, in the family album there is only two pictures of him, I laid them on the social network. One of my friends, the Creator of the Museum “don Cossack guard” Nikolay Novikov from Rostov-on-don, from the photo, the uniform, the stripes told previously unknown information about him — grandfather served in the His Majesty life guards Cossack regiment” — said Sevastiyanov.
Can help Internet?
If you are offering three minutes and a few clicks to find out the history of sort — it quacks. Search the web by yourself need names of ancestors, their places of residence, work and service, to participate in a historic event in social networks. “Harder Ivanov, Petrov, Sidorov, and there are names fairly rare. You can find namesakes and try to communicate with them”, — said the expert.
There are firms who earn by selling data from the cemeteries. “Go there, take pictures of tombstones and monuments, create a database. It really is very important information that is often never duplicated. If the price for this service suits you, then it is possible to use”, — said Mosin. With special attention to the sites archives, portals and genealogical historical and genealogical societies in your city and region.
With this data, the Russian state military-historical archives, he found a military ID of an ancestor. “I learned that he was born in 1872 in the village of Esaulovskoy (now Volgograd region), he served on active duty in the Fifth Cossack regiment in Poland, and re-enlisted in His Majesty’s lifeguards Cossack regiment in St. Petersburg,” — said Sevastiyanov.
Played the clarinet in the regimental band and was even familiar with Nicholas II.Leonid Sebastiangibsonlaw the Director of the charity Foundation named after Saint Gregory the theologian
Working in the archives, he also stumbled upon the memories of cousins, great-grandfather, which had information about the history of surnames from the XVIII century. “So I learned that my ancestors were Cossacks, old believers lived on the Upper don. My great-grandfather died in Georgia during the Russo-Turkish war, was awarded the order. All the relatives grandfather, my great-grandfather was killed by the Reds in the Civil war,” adds Sevastyanov.
Ivan Kalinin — postgraduate student of the Department of history of journalism of St. Petersburg state University, thanks to the Internet and social networks have been able to find fifteen hundred of their relatives from different regions of Russia, countries of Europe and North America.