6 Replies Latest reply on Oct 22, 2021 5:50 AM by Sergey Lopukhin

    Seeking information about Ferdinand Maybohm/Meibom

    Sergey Lopukhin Wayfarer

      Dear friends,  I definitely do not know what the protocol is, but it does not allow me to open search results on my Russian computer. Please give me advice on where to contact via regular email to get information about my great-grandfather Ferdinand Meibom/Ferdinand Maybohm (born 4 May 1894). He was evacuated from Harbin after this part of China was occupied by the Red Army. Ferdinand was an officer of the white movement, retreated with battles across Russia and settled in Harbin with his brother Ernest, where their mother Klara Nikolaevna arrived in 1924. But he came to America alone in the 1940s. He lived in Michigan, at one time headed the local branch of the Russian Society of the White Army. He died in Las Vegas, Nevada, in December 1978.


        • Re: Seeking information about Ferdinand Maybohm/Meibom
          Alice Lane Pioneer

          Hi Sergey,

          Welcome to History Hub

          Is this your Ferdinand?



          Col Fedor Maybohm 1895 - 1978 BillionGraves Record


          Cite This Record


          "BillionGraves Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVFN-8V8T : 7 October 2015), Fedor Maybohm, died 1978; citing BillionGraves (http://www.billiongraves.com : 2012), Burial at Oak Hill Memorial Park, San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States


          Alice Lane

          Research Volunteer

            • Re: Seeking information about Ferdinand Maybohm/Meibom
              Sergey Lopukhin Wayfarer

              Dear Alice,


              thx a lot for your rapid reply and helpfulness. I'm very glad to get this links. Unfortunately, I couldn't answer YES or NO, bcz my great-grandfather's last name has a dozens variants of writing: MAYBOHM, MEIBOM, MAYBOOM, MEIBOHM, MAYBOM,, MAIBOHM etc. Another one problem was created via his changing of the first name - in 1914 after manifest of the WW1 much of Russian Volksdeutsche were forced to take a russian analogue of the first names in the reason of the safety. For example, Ferdinand became Fedor, Heinrich became a Georgiy - without it "Friz" might get hiting or shooting directly on the street by the "patriotic" citizens....

              I going to research all of them and to answer some later.

              Thank you very much!

            • Re: Seeking information about Ferdinand Maybohm/Meibom
              Alice Lane Pioneer

              Hi again Sergey.

              Possible Matches


              Do you have a family tree on family search. if not you then someone with the same first name of Sergey does have this one?

              The following is from familysearch.org. It is a free website you will need to register to use.

              Ferdinand Maybohm (1894–1978) | Person | Family Tree | FamilySearch


              This was snipped from Ancestry.com Born in Tambov, Tambov, Russia on 21jul1894. Ferdinand (Fedoro) Maybohm married Saraphima Znamenskaya. He passed away on Circa 1970 in USA.


              Alice Lane

              Research Volunteer.

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              • Re: Seeking information about Ferdinand Maybohm/Meibom
                Lisha Penn Pioneer

                Dear Mr. Lopukhin,


                Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


                We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Seattle, Washington, 8/28/1890 - 3/6/1957 (M1383) in the Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (Record Group 85) that may include the lists of SS President Madison for October 7, 1923 for a Ferdinand Maybom from Tambov, Russia. Some of these records have been digitized and are available using the Catalog. For information about the non-digitized records, please email the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at archives1reference@nara.gov.


                In general, naturalization was a two-step process that took a minimum of five years. After residing in the United States for two years, an alien could file a "declaration of intention" ("first papers") to become a citizen. After three additional years, the alien could "petition for naturalization" (”second papers”). After the petition was granted, a certificate of citizenship was issued to the alien. These two steps did not have to take place in the same court.


                If Ferdindand Maybohm’s naturalization took place in a Federal court in New York, naturalization indexes, declarations of intention (with any accompanying certificates of arrival), and petitions for naturalization will usually be in the custody of the National Archives at New York (RE-NY). No central index exists. To ensure a successful request with RE-NY via email at newyork.archives@nara.gov, you should include the following: the name of petitioner (including known variants); date of birth; approximate date of entry to the US; approximate date of naturalization; where the individual was residing at the time of naturalization (city/county/state); and country of origin.


                Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT1 and RE-NY. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


                In most cases, the National Archives will not have a copy of the certificate of citizenship. Two copies of the certificate were created – one given to the petitioner as proof of citizenship, and

                one forwarded to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).


                All INS records are now overseen by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS maintains duplicate copies of court records (including the certificate of citizenship) created from September 27, 1906 through March 31, 1956 within Certificate Files (C-Files). Beginning on April 1, 1956, INS began filing all naturalization records in a subject’s Alien File (A-File). C-Files and certain A-Files may be requested through the USCIS Genealogy Program.


                We suggest that you contact the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services to request a search for a marriage certificate for Ferdinand Maybohm; and the Nevada Office of Vital Statistics to obtain a copy of his death certificate. You may wish to note any name variants for him or broaden your search for the surrounding years. In addition, the FamilySearch Research wiki for Michigan Vital Records and Nevada Vital Records may be of use.


                We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!


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