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What does “European Emigrant Heritage” mean?  

Let's define the last two words:  

    Em•i•grant  Noun  A person who leaves a country or region.  ▪ Millions of emigrants departed from European ports between 1880 and 1920.  —  Compare immigrant:  a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence.  ▪ His grandmother was an immigrant to Canada.

    Her•i•tage  Noun  1.)  Property or other assets that have accrued to a particular family line, and which by law [should] descend from predecessor to living heirs.  2.)  The traditions, achievements, beliefs, crafts, etc. that are part of the history of a group or nation. ▪ a nation with a rich heritage of folklore ▪ His Polish heritage was important to him.

Thus European Emigrant Heritage (EEH) is exemplified by the following:

a.)  In 1943 a Polish woman died in a German labour camp.  She owned farmland that had been abandoned since her death. Her forced permanent departure from Poland is regarded as an emigration, bringing the case within our purview.      

Results:  Through extensive research into old records such as church baptisms and marriages, cem-eteries, military service, old telephone books, etc. (genealogical research), EEH identified and located her closest living relatives, many second cousins twice and thrice removed living in Poland, and secured their unknown inheritance (heritage) for them.  The land was sold and each cousin received a fractional share.


b.)  A German soldier died in the Siege of Stalingrad.  22 years later, in 1964, his mother died in Frankfurt, leaving valuable coin and stamp collections that should go to the grandchildren of the soldier who are living in Scotland.  [Photo:  Statues in Stalingrad centre which miraculously survived the siege.]  

Results:  EEH identified and located the family and secured their unknown inheritances (heritage) for them.

Handcart GM + 2 girls, 1903 Surrey, Eng.-copy-1c.)  In 1966 an Ukrainian man died in Rome, leaving bank accounts there.  Six years later his sole sibling, a brother, immigrated to Argentina, knowing nothing of the bank accounts. 

Results: In 2018 European Emigrant Heritage's genealogi-cal research discovered that the deceased Roman's closest living relatives were 11 grand-nieces & nephews in Argen-tina, who had never met their great-uncle and knew nothing about his assets.  A trip to Ukraine, inheritances for everyone, and a family reunion attended by the many Italian cousins (i.e., the brother who emigrated to Argentina in 1980 was re-connected to his European heritage.

d.)  A ✡ Belarussian man who had lived in London since a boy in 1945 wished to learn about of his parents who had been missing since WW II.  He was raised in an orphanage.  This example of EEH's work did not involve money or property, it is the non-profit side of EEH, involving the 2nd definition of Heritage, above:  the traditions, achievements, beliefs, etc. that comprise the history of [in this case, the man's family].  The client was was elderly and living on a small pension, but had always wanted to know about his parents.  European Emigrant Heritage (EEH) undertook the research at no charge. 

Results:  EEH was able to provide him with documents and photographs of the parents', and a photo album to arrange them in.  Included were documents and photos of his two half-uncles and their children, half-cousins he never knew he had. The client had emigrated away from the Soviet Union many decades ago, but EEH reunited him with his heritage.  He had always assumed these uncles had been murdered in the Holocaust, but they had hidden in the forest.  


Our specialty is the 19 countries of the former Soviet Bloc, shown in pink and red below:

The red countries above became the Soviet Union (USSR) following the Rusian Revolution in 1917.  The pink countries were added later.  

The USSR existed from 1917 to 1990, so approx. six generations of everyone's family tree lived under Soviet rule.   These six generations were born approx. 25 years apart, for example in:  

1850   1875   1900   1925   1950   1975

 Those born in yellow years died in Soviet Bloc.
Those born in green years were born in Soviet Bloc.

Example:   We start with an asset owner born in 1900 who died in 1944 in the Holocaust along with his siblings and first cousins.  We want to determine the heirs to his Berlin house and his Zürich bank account.  Communist East Germany confiscated all private property houses after World War II.  We also research information obtained after many years of refusal by the Swiss banks.  Since the grandparents died without issue, we research the asset owner's grandparents' siblings, who were born circa 1850, and we establish that some of their descendants survived the War and are the sole heirs. 



The photographs of private people in our website are representative.  They are not photos of EEH's heirs or the heirs' families, but instead are random photos from the Internet public domain.

Genealogy (family tree research) examples used in our website are from EEH cases, with the names changed to protect privacy.




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  nor a kopek.  

  Our only fee is a percentage of the
  inheritance we obtain for you. 

  If there is no inheritance, there is
  no fee. 


Frequently Asked Questions

What does the profit side of EEH do?

Poirot-Suchet.jpg     European Emigrant Emigrant Heritage (EEH) is associated with genealogical research companies in several countries.  These companies often collabor-ate with EEH to solve cases where the deceased asset owner or his ancestor(s) were from the Soviet Bloc (or before 1917 from the Russian or Austro-Hungarian Empires).  In these case collaborations, EEH handles the operation in the former Soviet Bloc. 

     Genealogy involves many areas of study, including history, geography, ethnology, calligraphy, and photographic analysis.  To solve a recent case it was necessary that we discover that during World War II, while occupied by Nazi Germany, Pas-de-Calais, France housed the 13th Waffen SS Handschar - 1st Croatian Division, consisting mainly of Bosnians.  Only this fact led us to the military records in Bosnia identifying the deceased property owner's father.

     The assets in our cases are unknown to those legally entitled to them.  Asset and genealogical (family tree) research is necessary to identify the entitled persons, i.e. the unknown heirs.  EEH and the associated genealogy company then offer to claim and recover the inheritance, in exchange for a contingent percentage fee.  If there is nothing recovered, there is no fee.  Regardless of the outcome of the claim, the heirs never pay any money.

What does the non-profit side of EEH do?

     European Emigrant Heritage also operates a non-profit research and cultural exchange/ cultural promotion service.  Through cultural, historical, ethnographic, and genealogical research, we aid in the preservation and appreciation of traditional European culture:  the crafts, customs, community and family ties, and ethnic spirit that were prevalent in times past, some of which have survived until today.  

    EEH's non-profit services are available to everyone, regardless of where they live.  Clients pay nothing but may make a donation to the cause if they wish to do so.  Please contact us for further information if you have a specific need, request, or if you wish to help by donating time.  EEH often needs cultural, historical, ethnographic, and genealogical research in one of the thousands of towns, cities, and provinces of the world.  Some of the research is paid.

    The remainder of this page deals with EEH's profit side.

 How did you find me?          

      If we or our associate have contacted you regarding an inheritance, you are probably wondering how we found you.  EEH performs genealogical research to discover the names of persons who may inherit.  This research examines thousands of small pieces of information concerning possible heirs, the vast majority of which pertains to families other than the one being sought.  Once we have found a family member we must discover his/her date and place of birth, and hopefully his life addresses, occupation(s), church, military, marriage(s), immigration, death, burial, tombstone inscription etc.  Each piece of information goes on a big heir chart (family tree), showing each person's details and their relationship to the deceased asset owner.  Some of the living people on the heir chart may inherit, others may not, depending on their relationship.  Our research in one Russian case led to a boy in a displaced persons' camp, shown in the above photo, who we eventually proved to be the property owner's father, leading us to living heirs.

What if I don't sign the fee agreement?

      After determining the names and relationships of the family in several generations, EEH and/or our associated genealogical company attempt to locate and contact the living family members whom we feel may be entitled to inherit.  Some potential heirs have a level of concern about their privacy and security which makes it difficult to contact them.  Some do not pick up their phone if an unknown number is calling, and do not reply to postal mail, e-mail, or voice mail.  

      Unless a person signs our fee Agreement, and we locate and purchase government certification-stamped birth, death, and other records, the person is only a potential heir, and will not share in the inheritance.  

The genealogy companies will not proceed on behalf of potential heirs to whom they have no contractual obligation.  

Example of necessary proof 

      In a recent case we had to show proof to the asset holder that the deceased asset owner's grandmother (GM) was born in Lemburg, Austria (now L'viv, Ukraine).  Otherwise the GM could have been merely a person with the same name, born anywhere in the world.  

      When the potential heir signed our Agreement we located on his behalf a 1943 US Alien Registration Certificate from one of the GM's sons.  This established that the Solomon Levy who was our client's GF was the same Solomon LEVY who was the cousin of the owner of the assets.  There are many Solomon Levy's in the world, and it must be proven that a claimant's family is the right LEVY family in order to claim the property. 

      Proofs of every relationship in the family tree are necessary, in every genealogy case.  Document components such as date of birth and town of birth can establish this.  Most documents show only the country of birth, not the town, and in those cases we must keep looking for a more specific document.  The below document shows that the city of birth is Wien (Vienna):

Unless and until we have a signed Agreement with a potential heir, we will not go to the effort or expense of obtaining documents such as the above to prove his right to inherit. 

What other documents do you look at?

      The types of documents are too numerous to list here, but they may include the potential heir's great aunt's (GA's) marriage application for her 3rd marriage showing that her maiden name was KRAUS, and her father's (F's) Boer War pension record showing that he was born in Kaunas, Lithuania.  Such documents may distinguish the potential heir's GA and GGF from other persons having their same first & last names.  For example, there were probably several men named Alphonse KRAUS born in the Russian Empire in approximately the same year as GGF, but hopefully only one of these was born in Kaunas.  Villefranche-de-Rouergue--Aveyron.jpg   

    EEH discovers information on many kinds of records.  For example, sup-pose that property is accruing to you through your maternal grandmother (GM) from the death of her husband, and that all we have to begin our genealogical research is GM's married SURNAME.  Her maiden SURNAME is needed to solve the case.  GM may have registered to vote with the Labour Party in 1936, or received a pension from the American government for her service during the World War of 1914-18.  These records may give her birthplace as Villefranche-de-Rouergue (VdR), photo ⟶ 

     To trace your GM backwards in time to discover her maiden SURNAME, we search the records of the several parish churches in and near the VdR Commune and follow the baptismal records of the several girls with your GM's first name baptized in the month following your GM's date of birth.  One of these girls should be your GM.  Baptismal records give date of birth.  Thus we may obtain your GM's maiden SURNAME, and so on, eventually leading to you, an heir. 

     Keep in mind, we don't expect you to believe that there is an unknown inheritance for you; that's why we and our associates never ask you to pay any money.  Not at any time, and not for any reason do you ever give us money.  OUR ONLY FEE IS A PERCENTAGE OF THE INHERITANCE.  IF THERE IS NO INHERITANCE THERE IS NO FEE.


How can you have found something when I know all my relatives and all my inheritances?

   The truth is that no one knows all their relatives.  For example, do you know the father of your paternal grandmother?  What town was this great-grandfather born in, and what were the names of all his children?  If one of them died in Dover in 1994 with property, would you know of it?  

    Would your father’s cousins in Warsaw or Cincinnati have found your father to give him his lawful share?  How diligently would the local government have searched for living heirs?


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Who hires EEH?

      No one hires us.  We are a government licensed private company that investigates public and private records to find unknown heirs.

What kinds of cases do you handle?

      Here are some examples of the many types of unclaimed asset matters we handle:
1.) Sometimes a person dies without having time to make a will or property list for his family.  We handle many cases of people who died unexpectedly, often in wars and revolutions.

2.)  Many Europeans who owned rental property, both before and after the bank failures of the 1918 - 1940 depression in East Ger-many, Czechoslovakia, and other countries, did not trust the banks and went around and collected the rents in cash.  If his family did not know what property he owned when he died, his tenants may have stopped paying rent.  If these tenants paid the property tax every year to prevent tax foreclosure, they could remain in the property and their children would continue the occupation.  This continues indefinitely until company(s) such as EEH and its associates discover it and locate the deceased owner's heirs.  EEH is proficient in its work and has consistently solved more than half of the cases it has attempted.  

Wouldn't the authorities have found me?

    The list of professions who don't care if non-entitled persons are living in property or holding assets that should go to others includes:  Magistrates, judges, decedents' estates' solicitors and attorneys, law enforcement agencies, land offices, bankers, and fund managers.  

    No one inquires into whether real property occupants lack the legal right to possession.  No one inquires whether a homeowner or account holder is deceased or whether he has any next of kin.  No one hires investigators or genealogists to look for next of kin.  Banks keep abandoned accounts, and squatters reside in homes they don't own, all free from inquiry and molestation.  

This is why European Emigrant Heritage has been in business for over 75 years to perform the above needed services.

     Often real property owned by deceased persons is not occupied by squatters, but is vacant and abandoned.  EEH and its associated genealogical company in Dallas, Texas solved a large case of that type in 2015.  The property was a "palace" in the center of St. Petersburg, Russia, a city which has many dvoretsi (palaces), built by the aristocracy from 1710 when Peter the Great built the city, until the Rus. Revolution in 1917.  During the Soviet Union, these palaces were divided into many small apartments and assigned to families.  These families never paid any rent because housing was a free right under the Soviet system.  Current law is that the USSR had no legal right to take properties from 1917 owners, the Soviet residents did not acquire ownership, and the lawful heirs of the deceased 1917 owners are entitled to obtain restitution of the properties. 

     EEH located 19 descendants of said aristocrat living in Italy, to where their great-grandparents had escaped the Russian Revolution.  Four of them came to St. Petersburg with their tools and renovated the building for sale.  These descendants had a big celebration upon receipt the sales proceeds, which EEH attended.  Quite a memorable experience!  This was only the most recent occasion that EEH and its associates discovered abandoned "palaces" and identified their rightful heirs (see photo further below).

European Emigrant Heritage  
History, Geography, & Ethnicity       

     In the ship painting below, you may imagine one of your ancestors emigrating from Europe.  Or perhaps they emigrated by land from one country to another within Europe.  Perhaps they came at a later date by steamship or airplane.  By whatever method, emigration is a difficult and disruptive process which, together with the large distances involved and the death of older generation(s), can result in property whose ownership is unknown to the living family.




Really, my family is very close…

When people say they have a close family, they are talking about their living family.  Most of us have a grandparent about whom we know little.  Few of us can name the siblings, nieces, & nephews of our four grandparents.  

Perhaps you remember when US President Clinton was surprised by a man who visited the White House without an appointment, claiming to be the President's half-brother!  President Clinton said he had never heard that he had any such relative, and the man was sent away.  He later returned with a solicitor and proved his relationship to the president's satisfaction: 

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Unknown living relatives occur more frequently in non-famous families: 
[The green http link below is the Vita Brevis article.  To avoid closing this EEH website, right-click this green link and choose "Open Link in New Tab".]  https://vita-brevis.org/2014/07/suspicious-first-cousin/?utm_source=twgnewsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=twg699

Unknown deceased relatives occur in all families.  Very few people for example can name their paternal grandfather's nieces (not granddaughters but nieces), much less know what became of them.  

Why have I never heard of your type of business? 

1906-KIRCHHOFF-Karl-g.-1883-Grabstein.jp    Unknown inheritances are rare events.  Also, unknown inheritance genealogy is one of the few businesses that does not advertise.  We and our associates start with the property or other assets, and then attempt to discover lawful heirs.  We do not start with potential heirs, or people who believe they are entitled to an inheritance, so we do not advertise for such people to contact us.  

Day-11-Lesya-with-tired-eyes-a-war-arkiv  P4574.jpg          James-conducting-research-2007.jpg            1953 Landing Permits, NY TALLAKSEN, Stanley & Martha                  


     The reason EEH does not attempt to find inheritances for people is that many people would want such a service, but very few of them have inheritances out there waiting for them.  Many people will tell you that they were supposed to inherit from their GM's (grandmother’s) 10 Million Rubel estate, or that that their GGF was a New York banker who made $Millions and deposited it all in a bank in New Jersey, USA before his untimely death.  We learnt many years ago that most of these family legends are untrue, and that is why we always start with the property, not with the heirs. 

A Letter from an Heir Client:

I give you concerns five stars! you and [associated UK company] obtained me a big inheritence from a onkel  brother of my fathers father  who died befor i was born  i never heard about his name in my family. i was not believeing there was realy to be an inheritence for the long time until bank wire arrived at my acount. I was realy so surprised thenand happy what I was to be doing with such money!  also EEH poeple are very freindly.Serious but freindly. i learned alot about  my family from the talking with you people. Thank you!

Eva Sjöstrand, Stockholm, Sweden   2009

What kind of property might I inherit?
     Below are some properties which the associates of European Emigrant Heritage (EEH) found to be owned by deceased persons.  They were abandoned and/or in the possession of persons or entities who were not the lawful owners.  Death, emigration, and the passage of time had separated the properties from the people legally entitled to them.  EEH then performed genealogical research, identified and located unknown heirs, and the two genealogical research companies recovered the properties for the heirs.  For privacy, some of the below photos don't show the actual properties, but are close facsimiles:












Can I lose any money?

       A basic principle of our work is that our clients never pay any money.  This assures our clients that we are honest.  Dishonest programmes have one thing in common:  You pay money. 

      Our only fee is a percentage of what we actually recover for you.  You never pay any money, so there is no way you can lose any money.  You can only gain.

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      Nor do EEH or its associates ever ask heirs for personal data, such as bank information, credit cards, social security numbers, passwords, pin numbers, etc. 

A Letter from an Heir Client

22 Mar 2019
I would like to thank for E. E.H. and [Bonn, Germany associated genealogy company] to have solve it, which became our grandfather Tiit Siimann who was of life 1916-1985. They are great that now we know where he lived and died and we could visit his grave. After 46 years we feel that he will again be with us and for this purpose we will indebtly forever of yours. If E. E.H. ever need genealogy or history research in the Baltics or in Finland or if you need to stay in Tallinn (please come with our family), we hope that you will be called to us for all helps with no doubts.
Sincerely Respect
Andres Nuudi
Tallinn, Estonia

Do you take any fees & costs from the inheritance before comupting my 2/3 share?  

    No we don't.  This is a good question not often asked.  EEH and its associate receive only their 1/3 fee.  Total expenses average over £6,000 per case.  This is to pay for researchers, travel, archives, documents, and other expenses.  Rather than deduct these expenses "off the top" of the recovered inheritance, EEH and its associates pay them from their own funds, without reimbursement by the case proceeds, by you, or by any other source, regardless of the outcome of the inheritance claim.  These are our costs of doing business, investments we are willing to risk for inheritance claims we believe are valid.  Like Mr. Bond, we must know when to bet and when to fold.  

European Emigrant Heritage  
Soviet Bloc Documentary Research   



What fraction of the
inheritance will I receive?

The fraction depends
on your place on the
family tree in relation
to the original owner
of the asset. 
It also depends
how many other
heirs there are. 
These are mathe-
matical questions.
If a grandfather dies
leaving two daughters, and two grand-
sons who are sons of a third daughter
who pre-deceased him,
the fractions taken by these four 
heirs are set by law.  Usually:
The daughters each take 1/3. 
The grandson’s each take 1/6
because they divide the 1/3 share of
their deceased mother between them.

In some countries, 
half blood relatives take half shares,
and in other countries full shares.
The son of your GM’s half-sister
is your half-great-uncle.

Home, sweet home | Wall Street International Magazine       
Not in steamships anymore

While the number of European immigrants to North America has decreased drastically since 1960, the number of former Soviet Bloc immigrants to Western Europe and North America has increased drastically, due to the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1990.   
It has always been the plight of immigrants after one or more generations to become disconnected from their family history. 


Is it land?  Is it more than €10,000? / $10,000
Is it in Germany? 

       European Emigrant Heritage (EEH) has a policy not to answer such questions until we have a signed Agreement with all the heirs.  The reason for this is to insure that we are paid for our work. 


Was war, schläft... aber kann erwacht werden. 
That which was, sleeps... but can be awoken.
The motto of European Emigrant Heritage

What is EEH's Specialty?

       Our specialty is conducting hands-on probate genealogical research in the former Soviet Bloc.  The biggest member of the Bloc was he USSR (AKA Soviet Union, below in red), 1917 - 1990.

What if I sign the Agreement but my sister doesn’t?

       The majority of people offered our Agreement sign it.  When someone declines to sign, they are left out of the inheritance and the shares of the other heirs increase.  You may have never heard of many of your fellow inheritors.  They may be your distant relatives, or may be unrelated to you by blood because they are related to the asset owner through his father, whereas you are related through his mother.


Please be assured that you have never heard of most of your living relatives, and you know even less about your deceased relatives.  This is true of everyone.  

A Review by an Heir Client

My phone number is unlisted and I never answer calls from numbers I don't recognize so its no suprise they showed up uninvited and unexpected at my door step. After James Hannum patiently explained the situation for over two hours I still didn't believe there was any inheritance for me but I figured I couldn't lose anything if I gave him no money. He said "don't give us money"  and I signed up. A few weeks later over $35 thousand is wired into my bank account, money from an aunt of my adoptive mother. This aunt had never married remained behind in Russia and  died there in 1954 she didnt write any will. i never heard of her until they told me. SoHow can I not give this company five stars? My only complaint is that I told them my grandfather was supposed to leave me some money but his last wife got everything, and they said they don't do that kind of case.

Carter Sanderes    2018


How do I know EEH will give me my share?RUMPOLE-of-the-Bailey.jpg

      Neither European Emigrant Heritage (EEH) nor its associates ever handles the heirs' money.  The administrator of the fund holds the money in a separate account he maintains solely for this purpose.  He calculates the tax due, the calculation is ratified by the Collector of Taxes, and the tax is paid from the account, prior to calculating the genealogy companies' total 1/3 fee and your 2/3 gross inheritance.  The administrator then sends everyone his cheque or bank wire transfer. 

      EEH and its associate genealogy company each receive 1/6 (one sixth), for a total of 1/3 (one third) of the net inheritance.  ("Net" means that all taxes, mortgages, etc are paid first, and then the 1/3 is calculated only on the remaining, actual inheritance.)   The heirs receive 2/3 (two thirds) of the net inheritance. 

     Since the heirs never pay anything, they can never lose anything.  They can only gain.  


Are there any guarantees?

      EEH can give no guarantee that our attempt to recover your family's assets will be successful, because unforeseen circumstances may prevent it.  For example, a person or persons more closely related to the original owner of the asset may be found.  Or a mortgage or tax lien may be asserted against the property.  What we do guarantee is this:  WE WILL DO THE BEST WE CAN TO PROVE, MAXIMISE, AND EXPEDITE YOUR INHERITANCE, AND AT NO TIME WILL YOU BE ASKED TO PAY  ANY MONEY.

What if the debts exceed the assets?

      Let's suppose  that the asset accruing to your family is a parcel of land worth €100.000.  If the land is encumbered by a €30.000 mortgage and a €40.000 lien for back taxes, the net recovery would be €30.000, and the percentage fee paid to EEH and its associate would be calculated only on that €30.000.  Supposing however that the back taxes were €120.000, so that there is nothing to recover.  In that event, you would receive nothing, and EEH and its associate would receive nothing.  Part of the taxes would remain unpaid, but neither you nor EEH and its associate would be responsible for paying them.  One is not responsible for the debts of a deceased relative; debts are not inherited: 

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      Nor would you be responsible for any money EEH or its associate invested in working on the case.  As stated above, case costs are EEH's and its genealogical company associate's business overhead, never reimbursed to them regardless of the results of the case.

Is-this-the-right-Olga.jpgHow does genealogical research work? 

     Here is a typical example.  The research of a Philip LEOPOLD uncovers that his original surname was LEPAR and that he was born in Kriukai, Lithuania, the son of Yehuda-Leib LEPAR.  Further research discloses several LEPAR families in Kriukai, Lithuania and neighbouring villages.

      In order to find the descendants of the original great-grandfather, Amiel LEPAR, European Emi-grant Heritage (EEH) hired the entire class of a professor of history in a nearby university, to locate the tombstones in question.  These enthusiastic students walked hundreds of cemetery rows and transcribed over 8,000 tombstones!  Even so, it would not have been possible to solve this case without an index, the Kovno-Slatis cemetery list, which was produced by the "Chevren Kadisha," the burial society of Viliampolka.  This index does not cover the entire cemetery, but is an index showing the names, section and row numbers of those who died in the Ghetto between 1941and 1943, a period which contained many of the key deaths in the family.

LEOPOLD-Wedding-2-.jpg ← This wedding photograph was accepted as evidence in the Austrian court of inheritance as the wedding of Harry KOWEN and Dolly LEOPOLD, who were the grandparents of Mervyn ______, one of the heirs in the case.  The seven LEOPOLD sisters are shown in the photograph.  The face of the groom was adjudged to match the German work permit card.

     Many of the genealogical records in the above LEPAR/ LEOPOLD case were in German because those parts of Bosnia in which the family resided were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire prior to 1919.  To understand these records one must acquire the ability to read Sütterlinschrift (Sutterlin handwriting), in which the German language of that period was beautifully written:


      Another example is a case EEH recently worked in Siberia.  The following is taken from a letter written by James Hannum of EEH: 

Omsk-bazaar.jpg...Our original proof packet translated the words село (selo) and деревня (derevnya) as “village.”  Because there is an important genealogical difference between a selo and a derevnya, the words should not be translated but should instead be transliterated into the Roman Alphabet and separately defined.  According to Vladimir Dahl’s magnum opus, Explanatory Dic-tionary of the Living Great Rus-sian Language, which was pub-lished in 4 huge volumes in 1863, the definition of “selo” is “A place built and settled by peasants in which there is a church, and sometimes selo consists of many scattered derevnyas all belonging to one congregation and one church.”  The definition of derevnya is “Peasant settlement in which there is no church.”  As you will note from the enclosed revised proofs, the phrases “Village of Petroselki” and “Village of Molotychi ” have been changed to “Petroselki Derevnyaand Molotychi Selo.  Given that they are only three miles apart (Our Proof #25, Petroselki and Molotychi Satellite Map), the fact that all derevnyas had to belong to a selo so that its residents would have a church, and Dahl’s above definitions, we conclude that Petroselki Derevnya belonged to Molotychi Selo.  Thus Grigoriy could say he resided in either place... 

      ...It is obvious that Grigoriy KORNEEV and Grigoriy ABALMASOV are the same man. Consider:

  1. Grigoriy KORNEEV and Grigoriy ABALMASOV are both shown in the above records having the same patronymic name, Kuzmin, meaning “son of Kuzma.”  The given name “Kuzma” is now, and was in 19th Century Russia, a fairly rare name. 

  2. Grigoriy Kuzmin KORNEEV came from Petroselki Derevnya, Fatezhskiy Uyezd, Kursk Guberniya.  (Our Proof #1).
    Grigoriy Kuzmin ABALMASOV came from the Molotychi Selo, Fatezhskiy Uyezd, Kursk Guberniya.  (Our Proof #2).

  3. Since Petroselki Derevnya belonged to Molotychi Selo, a man from Petroselki Derevnya could say he was from either place.

  4. Grigoriy Kuzmin KORNEEV and Grigoriy Kuzmin ABALMASOV both arrived in Siberia in 1896.

  5. Grigoriy Kuzmin KORNEEV and Grigoriy Kuzmin ABALMASOV lived in the same tiny place, Belovodovskoye Settlement, Mariinsk Okrug, Tomsk Guberniya, Siberia.

  6. After 1896, Grigoriy Kuzmin ABALMASOV never again used the surname KORNEEV, and the name Grigoriy Kuzmin KORNEEV never appears again in the record books.

     In the 1916 Agricultural Census (our Proof #24), taken twenty years after the above Petition for Money, Grigoriy’s family is listed as ABALMASOV; there is no Grigoriy KORNEEV or Petr KORNEEV in the 1916 Census...  


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