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Microform Records

The Family History Library presently has more than 1,350 microfilms and microfiche containing information about German speaking people from Russia. Most of the library's records have been obtained through an extensive acquisition program. The library has microform copies of records found in government archives, church archives, and private collections. These records include:

  • Birth, marriage, and death records from churches in the St. Petersburg Lutheran Consistory (135 rolls).
  • Lutheran church records of Roschischtsche which had jurisdiction over German settlements in western Volhynia.
  • Hamburg Passenger Lists (486 rolls).
  • Revision Lists (750 rolls), that is, censuses taken for tax purposes.

The library has acquired German-Russian records from areas in the Ukraine, Belarus, Romania, and western Russia.

However, the library does not have records for every time period or locality in Russia. For example, the library has only a few records from the German settlements on the Volga River (mostly after their relocation to the United States), or from the Caucasus.

Printed Records

The library has dozens of volumes of books and other printed materials helpful for Germans from Russia research. Copies of some of these books are available in microform. These include such books as:

  • Church inventories.
  • Family histories.
  • Gazetteers.
  • Handbooks and manuals.
  • Histories (national and local).

FamilySearch

FamilySearch® is a powerful Internet site that helps to simplify family history work. The FamilySearch system includes computer databases of family history information. The files are gathered from many different sources, and more files will be added in the future.

Once a person using FamilySearch selects a file and types in a name, the computer will search the selected file to find any names that match. The computer even matches last names that are spelled differently but sound the same. It can guide users from the matches they find to full screens of information, including dates and places of birth, marriage, and death and names of parents, children, and spouses.

FamilySearch is available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City; at hundreds of Family History Centers; and at some public and private libraries in the United States, Canada, and a number of other countries. FamilySearch is also available on the Internet atwww.familysearch.com.

The FamilySearch files useful for German-Russian research include:

  • FamilySearch Catalog. TheFamilySearch Catalog on FamilySearch is an Internet edition of the Family History Library's catalog. The Internet edition simplifies use of the catalog. It allows you to quickly find information, including library call numbers, on sources held by the library.
  • Ancestral File. Ancestral File contains family history information gathered from family group sheets and pedigrees that were contributed between 1979 and 1990. The file already contains millions of names.
  • Census. The United States 1880 Census, and Canada 1881 Census can be used to find the residence, age, and family members of Germans from Russia who immigrated to these two countries.
  • International Genealogical Index. The FamilySearch,org provides the names and vital information including birth, christening, or marriage dates of more than 287,000 deceased people who lived in the Russian Empire, including Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, the Ukraine, and parts of Romania. The index includes names submitted by other researchers. In addition, the Ordinance Index lists Latter-day Saint temple ordinance information for names on the International Genealogical Index.
  • Pedigree Resource File. The FamilySearch.org Trees shows the linked family group records and pedigrees submitted to FamilySearch since 1990. The data include may include source information and provide your ancestor's birthplace in Russia.
  • Record Search  Indexes and/or images of millions of source records, including:

Other files will be added to FamilySearch as they become available.

FamilySearch Catalog

The key to finding a record in the Family History Library's collection is the FamilySearch Catalog. The catalog describes each of the library's records and provides the call numbers. The catalog is available on the Internet as part of FamilySearch, on compact disc, and on microfiche. It is at the Family History Library, at each Family History Center, and on the Internet.

The FamilySearch Catalog on the Internet has eight searches:

The FamilySearch Catalog on microfiche is divided into four major searches:

The titles in this set of Wiki pages that describe types of records, such as “Church Records,” are the same as the topic headings found in the FamilySearch Catalog Place Search.  The catalog generally uses the same language that the records are written in to describe the records. The description includes a brief English summary of the content.The description includes a brief English summary of the content.Place Search lists records according to the area they cover. Records relating to the entire nation are listed under RUSSIA or UKRAINE. Most records are listed under a specific town or city. You may need to look at each geographic level (country, province [guberniia], or town) to find all the records that apply to the locality in which you are interested.  For example, in the Place Search look for:

  • The place where an ancestor lived, such as:
EUROPE
RUSSIA
RUSSIA, TAVRIDA
RUSSIA, TAVRIDA, FRIEDENTAL

(continent)
(nation)
(nation, province)
(nation, province, town)


  • Then the record type you want, such as:
EUROPE —
RUSSIA —
RUSSIA, TAVRIDA —
RUSSIA, TAVRIDA, FRIEDENTAL —
NOBILITY
GAZETTEERS
MINORITIES
CHURCH RECORDS


The catalog is based on Russia’s structure as it existed prior to 1917. For additional information, see the “Gazetteers,” “Historical Geography,” “History,” and “Maps” pages in this set.

This set of Wiki pages also provides some of the library's call numbers. These are preceded by FHL, the abbreviation for Family History Library

If you need more information on using the FamilySearch Catalog, a short video program, written instructions, and librarians are available to help you.

German-Russian Records Listed under Other Countries

In addition to entries under RUSSIA, the FamilySearch Catalog also lists records of German-speaking people who were once part of the Russian Empire under Belarus, Estonia, Georgia (Gruziya), Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, and Ukraine. Examples of localities that now belong to those countries, for example:

  • Belarus and Poland. For example, records from the town of Ostashin appears under two headings:
RUSSIA, MINSK, NOVOGRUDOK, OSTASHIN
POLAND, NOWOGRÓDEK, OSTASZYN (NOWOGRÓDEK)
  • Bessarabia. Records from Bessarabia also appear under both Moldova and Romania. For example, the city of Kishinev appears under three headings:
RUSSIA, BESSARABIA, KISHINEV, KISHINEV
MOLDOVA, KISHINEV
ROMANIA, LĂPUŞNA, CHIŞINĂU
  • Georgia (Gruziya). For example, records from the city of Tiflis appears under two headings:
RUSSIA, TIFLIS, TIFLIS
GEORGIA (REPUBLIC), TBILISI
  • Ukraine. Ukrainian localities are listed by the Soviet oblast. For example, records from the town of Lustdorf appear under two headings:
RUSSIA, KHERSON, ODESSA, LUSTDORF
UKRAINE, ODESA, CHORNOMORKA
  • The portion of East Prussia [Ostpreußen] which is now part of Russia is also listed under Germany. For example, the city of Königsberg is listed under two headings:
RUSSIA, KALININGRAD, KALININGRAD
GERMANY, PREUßEN, OSTPREUßEN, KÖNIGSBERG

“Minorities” Place Search Topic

In addition to the regular Place Search localities and topics, you can also find records of Germans from Russia  Place Search under:

RUSSIA - MINORITIES
RUSSIA, [PROVINCE] - MINORITIES

Subject Search Topics

 Subject Search of the FamilySearch Catalog is also a good place to search for records of Germans from Russia under topics like:

GERMANS - ARGENTINA
GERMANS - NEBRASKA
GERMANS - POLAND
GERMANS - RUSSIA
GERMANY - COLONIES
RUSSIAN GERMANS

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