As the mission statement of the Nobility Association in America says, “Voting membership is exclusively reserved to descendants of individuals who were listed in the nobility archives of the former Russian Imperial Senate.” Further to this, Article Three, Section One of the By-Laws of the Russian Nobility Association specifies that “The Association shall consist of Russian emigrants who, before March 15, 1917, belonged to the Russian Gubernatorial Nobility Association, and their descendants and persons who, on the strength of Vol. IX of the Code of Laws of the Russian Empire, before the aforesaid date, had the uncontestable right to be admitted to the Russian Nobility.”
This means that full voting membership is limited to direct male-line descendants of the Russian Nobility ennobled before March 15, 1917. The Russian Nobility Association has three other levels of membership. The first is for descendants with a mother who qualifies for full voting membership, the second for people who have a noble ancestor in a maternal line beyond the one-generation limit, and the last for friends who value the traditions represented by the Russian Nobility Association. These last three categories are not allowed to vote on Association issues.
Please read the section MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES for a full explanation of the four categories, and to find downloadable applications for membership if you qualify for membership, and instructions on how to submit your applications and proofs to the Membership Committee.