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Title in the Language of the Records

Россия, Тверские исповедные ведомости

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Record Description

This collection of church confessions for the Province of Tver includes the years 1728 to 1913. Original records are also housed in various parishes throughout the Province of Tver, Russia.

The records are in Russian; see the section "For Help Reading these Records" for access to translation helps.

Church confession lists were created and kept by priests to record the information related to their parishioner’s confessions. The form of confession lists was established in 1737. It includes the sequential number of the household, surname, given names of all children at least one year old, gender, ages, whether or not the person attended confession, and, if not, why the person did not attend (this is rarely noted).

Confessions were done at the time of Lent, the period of the liturgical year from Ash Wednesday to Easter. Children were taken to confession beginning in their seventh year. Russian Orthodox confession lists were sometimes interfiled with the church records of baptisms, marriages, or deaths.

These were considered an official record and are normally very reliable.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Russia, Tver Confession Lists, 1728-1913.

Record Content

Confession Records usually contain the following information:

  • Place of confession
  • Names and ages of those in the congregation
  • Names and ages of children over the age of one year
  • Whether or not the person attended confession
  • Reasons for not attending confession are sometimes included
  • Number of males and females

How to Use the Record

Much like censuses, you can track your ancestor with these lists. By comparing the years in which your ancestor went to confession, you can determine migration movements within Russia, marital status and marriage date/place, and the birth/death date and place of children as well as their names, genders, and ages. This process can help you narrow down the years and places in which your ancestor was born, married, and passed away. See "Using the Information" section for detailed ideas on using the information in this record.

Search the Collection

To search by image: To search the collection, you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the "Province"
⇒Select the "District"
⇒Select the "Year/Vol" which takes you to the images.

Search the collection by image, comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

When searching: As you are searching, it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence, age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Russian. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:

Using the Information

Finding Your Ancestor's Parents and Birthplace
If your ancestor is single and living with his/her parents in a certain list, then use his/her age to determine a birth year. Track your ancestor backward in the lists to determine where your ancestor was born. Once you find the list in which your ancestor was at least one year old, then start looking in birth/baptismal records for the 1-2 years prior to that confession list for that place.

Finding Marriage Information
After finding your ancestor on lists for different years, look for his/her marital status. If one year he/she is single and living alone and the next year (or more) he/she is married, then you can discern that he/she married sometime in between those years. Look for marriage records in between those years for that place.

Finding Your Ancestor's Children
In addition, look for your ancestor in the years after his/her marriage to find the children, and the children's birth years and places.

If a child is listed one year and not the next (or later years), then it is probable that he/she died in between those years. Search the death and burial records.

Finding Your Ancestor's Death Information
Trace your ancestor through the lists until you can no longer find him/her. Not being able to find your ancestor in later lists implies different possibilities: he/she moved to a different country (check immigration/emigration records), he/she left the church, or he/she passed away. If you can't find your ancestor in later lists, then start your search for his/her death record from the date on the last confession list he/she was found.

Follow the same procedure for your ancestor's parents and children.

Tips to Keep in Mind

When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

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Citation for This Collection

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Russia, Tver Confession Lists, 1728-1913.

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"Russia, Tver Confession Lists, 1728-1913." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2015. Citing Православная церковь. Государственном архиве Самаре, Россия. Государственном архиве в Твери, Россия.


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