Interesting, we must be related my last name is Ageyev and as far as i can trace back my ansestry from my father and his father they were from Kursk Oblast and Oryol Oblast and both of those are right next door to Smolensk Oblast. My grandfathers father had many brothers as did my grandfather. My grandfather moved to ukraine and later my father moved to the United States we must be related Ageyev is not a common name
My grandfather and grandmather was "subbotniks"- grandfather from village Kliopovka of Voronegskaya oblast, granmather from village Mihaylovskaya Krasnodarskiy region. I am Russian, but meny years I was leader of Jews. ofour
I'm Jew from Russian (Ashkenazi) origin. When I met "subbotniks" in Israel among with new immigrants from Russia it was a shock for me, because those people who look like Russians in villages and they completely different from other Russian Jews who mostly came from big cities and with high education. Very interesting point that "subbotniks" more religious people than most of Russian Jews. I really appreciate them, because they had suffered a lot because of their faith even more than my parents who were born as Jews in Russia.
What a wonderful site. My ansestors come from Shumyachi as well. So, I see that friendly people have been living there, and I feel quite sure it is possible to find the support of my research at that place.
Thank you again for the heart touching job.