The story of my personal journey started when an amazing lady (my guardian angel and now one of my dearest friends) Irina Ivanchenko contacted me as a descendant of K K Sluchevsky and invited me to meet the newly discovered relatives she had found.
I come from the old Russian noble family Korostovetz, one of my ancestors was a plenipotentiary in Mongolia and China and was also private secretary to the Foreign Minister Count Witte journeying with him to Portsmouth America to negotiate and sign the peace treaty that ended the Russian-Turkish war. My great grandfather was a general in the Preobrazhenski Regiment created by Peter the Great when he was still in his teens. Another ancestor was Admiral of the Fleet. Tsar Nicholas II was my grandfather’s youngest brother’s godson.
In the mid-nineties Irina was asked to write an article on K K Sluchevsky. Whilst researching for her article Irina discovered that the Sluchevsky family had married into the Korostovetz family three times. So deeply did she immerse herself into the research she was conducting, that she made the decision to try and find ancestors from both sides of the family and bring them together. The result of Irina’s efforts has changed all our lives. Family from as far afield as San Francisco, New York, St. Petersburg, Moscow and in my case England along with eminent friends now gather every year for a family reunion in Narva-Joesuu.
Our newly discovered family are all ages and from many walks of life, artist, banker, top geriatric psychiatrist, some still studying. The youngest member Katya at this year’s reunion is just 5 years old and already speaks English as does her cousin, Peter’s son Stanislav. Next year it is hoped that the youngest member of the family tree Lilia Rose aged four, will join us here in the New Forest
Irina has now written two books on the family from archive material we have given her along with many, many hours spent in the State Archive of St. Petersburg putting pieces of the family jigsaw together. The family are now in the process of organising an annual Festival of Culture in Narva-Joesuu.
There are many hotels in Narva-Joesuu, for our reunion we stay in the four-star Meresuu Spa & Hotel just minutes away from the beach with rooms overlooking the sea. Well-chosen time for our reunion coincides with the famous White Nights at the end of June. One could fully admire the sunset by going up to the 8th floor to sit with a nice drink.