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Title in the Language of the Record
Россия, дубликаты Лютеранских метрических книг
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The records consist of bound volumes with entries on two facing pages for births and baptisms and for burials and deaths. Marriages are on a single page. The images were scanned from microfilm copies of the originals, which are housed in the Russian State Historical Archive, St. Petersburg.
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This collection covers the early duplicates, 1833–1885. The later material is located in the Central State Historical Archive, St. Petersburg.
The Lutheran Diocese of St. Petersburg was created in 1833. It covered mostly ethnic German congregations but included Swedes and others of the Lutheran religion. Each year a duplicate record was sent to St. Petersburg and kept in the Consistory Court. The local St. Petersburg parishes were more cosmopolitan so more ethnic groups can be found there. In some regions such as Kiev and Podolia, French and Russian nobility, in particular those with military connections, register with the Lutherans.
The books pertain to the German Lutheran population along the northwestern, western, and southern edges of the Russian Empire, primarily in the historical provinces of Sankt-Peterburg (Ingria), Volhynia, Bessarabia, and Novorossiysk.
Alaska, which was part of Russia until 1867, is also included.
The duplicate served as the civil vital record when there was no civil registration system conducted by the government.
This is the most reliable record for birth, baptism, marriage, death, and burial dates.
Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
- "Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885" Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Konsistorium Petersburg. Russian State Historical Archive, St.Petersburg.
These baptismal records usually contain the following information:
- Name of the child
- Child's date and hour of birth and birthplace
- Child's date and place of baptism and by whom baptized
- Parents’ names and residence
- Father’s occupation
- Child's legitimacy
These marriage records usually contain the following information:
- Date and place of the marriage
- Names of the bride and groom
- Page number in the Family Register is noted
- Reference to Main Register is noted with entry number and page number
These death records usually contain the following information:
- Name, age and gender of deceased
- Date and place of death with time noted
- Cause of death
- Date and place of birth
- Marital status of deceased
- Sometimes, the maiden name of a woman is given if she is the deceased
- Date and place of burial
How To Use This Record
Use the duplicates to uniquely identify individuals and to determine parentage. Compile families from the entries for a single couple.
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Related Web Sites
Portions of these Lutheran records have been extracted and indexed. As with any extraction project, errors are known to exist so care must be used in using these sites.
- St. Petersburg Archives - Odessa Site - Provides lists covering the regions of Volhynia, Bessarabia, and southern Ukraine (the Black Sea region).
- Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe - Repeats the Volhynia data of the first one (with known corrections) and adds the Kiev and Podolia regions.
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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
"Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885," index and images, FamilySearch (https://ds.familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VTSQ-VM9 : accessed 10 May 2012), Georg Jacob Joseph Geissler, 1862, cited from Russian State Historical Archive. "Kirchenbuchduplikat, 1833–1885." Russian State Historical Archive, St. Petersburg, Russia. FHL 135 rolls. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.}} Evangelische Kirche. Konsistorium Petersburg (Rußland). "Kirchenbuchduplikat, 1833–1885." Russian State Historical Archive, St. Petersburg, Russia. 135 microfilm rolls: FHL 1792290, 1882493, 1882594, 1882634–53, 1883181–93, 1884064–129, 1895610–29, 1897588–97, 1897691–95. FHL Digital at: search familysearch.org, "St. Petersburg Lutheran Church Book duplicates
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