What is the Romanov Family Association?
The Romanov Family Association is a private lineage society formed in 1979 by the late Nicholas R. Romanoff (1922-2014), a non-dynast (q.v.). This group uses what today is the most common spelling, “Romanov”, even though under the monarchy the official transliteration was “Romanoff.”
Journalists have sometimes confused the Romanov Family Association with the Russian Imperial House. They are completely separate. The first is a private, unofficial group. The second is the Russian dynasty. The confusion is understandable, however. For example, after founding the Romanov Family Association, Nicholas Romanoff was elected president, and then would refer to himself as head of the Romanoff family, a source of great confusion.
The two living dynasts of the Imperial House, Grand Duchess Maria and Grand Duke George, are not members of the Romanov Family Association. None of the current members of the Romanov Family Association are members of the Imperial House. All the current Romanov Family Association members are non-dynasts descended from the numerous non-dynastic marriages contracted after the Revolution of 1917 by various male dynasts. The Romanov Family Association also has several honorary or associate members.
Currently, Prince Michael Ilyinsky is vice-president of the Romanoff Family Association. He was elected in 2013, to fulfill the term of the deceased Prince Michael Andreievich. The Romanov Family Association does not represent or speak for the Imperial House.