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The majority of Russian immigrants came to the U.S. between 1880 and 1920. In addition to those searching for better economic conditions, a large number of these immigrants were Jews escaping from the increasingly violent anti-Semitism within their country.

Although immigration rose steadily up until the first World War, it was sharply curtailed by the Bolshevik seizure and consolidation of power during and immediately after the war. Since this time, Russian immigration has been extremely limited, but has risen dramatically since the demise of the Soviet Union in late 1991.

Contacts and Sources

American Russian History Society
1272 47th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94107

Russian Historical and Genealogical Society
971 First Avenue
New York, NY 10022

Web Sites

In Helpful Web Sites, you can find links to useful resources about:


  • Shores of Refuge : A Hundred Years of Jewish Emigration, by Ronald Sanders
  • "The Russians in America, 1727-1970." Ethnic Chronology Studies, by Vladimir Wertsman

For some tips on researching abroad, see the topic All about international resources.

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