This collaborative website is developed and maintained by Jon Jaroker to capture family histories as meaningful and engaging stories describing life in Czarist Russia and the U.S.S.R.
Descendants may register to access the private family sites. Public Beacons are stories, translated into numerous languages, that assist relatives in finding this website when they search the internet for their family names. These stories are organized by families, towns and events.
List of archives, books and technology useful in understanding contexts and researching family histories. Resources →