Estonia, Church Books and Synagogue Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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{{FamilySearch_Collection|CID=CID1932350 |title=Estonia Church Books, 1835-1940|location=European}}<br>  
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|title=Estonia, Church Books and Synagogue Registers, 1835-1940
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== Title in the Language of the Records  ==
 
== Title in the Language of the Records  ==
  
{{Incomplete Title Translations}}
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Eesti Kirik Raamatud
 
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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
This collection includes baptism, marriage, and burial/death records for various churches, such as Orthodox, Old Believer, Roman Catholic, and Baptist.  
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This collection includes baptism, marriage, and burial/death records for various churches, such as Orthodox, Old Believer, Roman Catholic, and Baptist. The collection includes records from 1627 to 1953.  
  
 
Estonia’s religious picture is influenced by the Soviet occupation and secularization. Estonia remains a Christian-shaped country, but only 23% of the population are members of Christian Churches. About 11% of the population belongs to the predominantly protestant religion, the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, and 10% to the Orthodox Church, the second largest faith. Other religious communities&nbsp;(Roman Catholics, Baptists, Jews, Methodists, Muslims, Buddhists and others) are much smaller.  
 
Estonia’s religious picture is influenced by the Soviet occupation and secularization. Estonia remains a Christian-shaped country, but only 23% of the population are members of Christian Churches. About 11% of the population belongs to the predominantly protestant religion, the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, and 10% to the Orthodox Church, the second largest faith. Other religious communities&nbsp;(Roman Catholics, Baptists, Jews, Methodists, Muslims, Buddhists and others) are much smaller.  
  
 
In most churches, the sacramental ordinances of baptisms, marriages, and burials were performed by an authorized ecclesiastical officer. These registers were generally kept in the parish archive, but later these were sent to the churches largest archive for preservation.  
 
In most churches, the sacramental ordinances of baptisms, marriages, and burials were performed by an authorized ecclesiastical officer. These registers were generally kept in the parish archive, but later these were sent to the churches largest archive for preservation.  
 
This collection of church records includes the years 1835-1940.
 
  
 
For a list of records by religion currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1932350/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.  
 
For a list of records by religion currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1932350/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.  
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>  
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
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{{Collection citation | text= "Estonia, Church Books and Synagogue Registers, 1835-1940." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing National Historical Archive, Tartu.}}
  
{{Collection citation
 
| text=<!--bibdescbegin-->Church parishes throughout Estonia. Estonia, church books and synagogue registers. National Historical Archive of Estonia, Tartu, Estonia.<!--bibdescend-->}}
 
  
 
[[Estonia Church Books (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]  
 
[[Estonia Church Books (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]  
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== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
  
'''Key genealogical facts found in baptism records may include:''' [[Image:Estonia, Church Books Birth DGS 4332792 20.jpg|thumb|right|Estonia, Church Books Birth DGS 4332792 20.jpg]]
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{{Incomplete Image Translations}} <gallery perrow="3" heights="120px" widths="180px" caption="Estonia Church Books">
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Image:Estonia, Church Books Birth DGS 4332792 20.jpg|Births
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Image:Estonia, Church Books Marriage DGS 4332853 20.jpg|Marriages
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Image:Estonia, Church Books Death DGS 4333281 28.jpg|Deaths
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'''These baptism records usually contain the following information:'''
  
 
*Child's name  
 
*Child's name  
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*Father's occupation  
 
*Father's occupation  
 
*Sometimes the mother’s age  
 
*Sometimes the mother’s age  
*Witnesses and their residences
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*Witnesses and their residences<br>
  
'''Key genealogical facts found in marriage records may include:'''  
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'''These marriage records usually contain the following information:'''  
 
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[[Image:Estonia, Church Books Marriage DGS 4332853 20.jpg|thumb|right|Estonia, Church Books Marriage DGS 4332853 20.jpg]]
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*Groom’s name  
 
*Groom’s name  
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*Witnesses and their residences
 
*Witnesses and their residences
  
'''Key genealogical facts found in burial/death records may include:'''  
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'''These burial/death records usually contain the following information:'''  
 
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[[Image:Estonia, Church Books Death DGS 4333281 28.jpg|thumb|right|Estonia, Church Books Death DGS 4333281 28.jpg]]
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*Name of the deceased  
 
*Name of the deceased  
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== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒ Select the Religioon ⇒ Select the Kihelkond ⇒ Select the Event type, year range (volume) which takes you to the images.  
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To search the collection, follow this series of links:
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⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page<br> ⇒ Select the Religioon<br> ⇒ Select the Kihelkond<br> ⇒ Select the Event type, year range (volume) which takes you to the images.<br>
  
 
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.  
 
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.  
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Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
 
Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
  
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.  
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When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:  
 
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'''For example:'''
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*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.  
 
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.  
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.  
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.  
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.  
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in populations registers.  
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.  
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*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate land records.  
 
*Use the parents’ birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
 
*Use the parents’ birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind<br> ====
  
==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
 
 
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
 
 
*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.  
 
*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.  
 
*Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
 
*Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
 
*The information in church records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
 
*The information in church records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800.  
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*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.  
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.
  
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*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
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{{Contributor_invite}}  
 
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== 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.
 
 
{{Collection citation
 
| text=<!--bibdescbegin-->Estonia. Various church parishes. Estonia church books, 1835-1940. National Historical Archive of Estonia.<!--bibdescend-->}}
 
 
Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].
 
  
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
  
 
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
 
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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*"Delaware Marriage Records," index and images, FamilySearch ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]): accessed 4 March 2011, entry for William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, married 23 November 1913; citing marriage certificate no. 859; FHL microfilm 2,025,063; Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.  
 
*"Delaware Marriage Records," index and images, FamilySearch ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]): accessed 4 March 2011, entry for William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, married 23 November 1913; citing marriage certificate no. 859; FHL microfilm 2,025,063; Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.  
 
*“El Salvador Civil Registration,” index and images, FamilySearch ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]): accessed 21 March 2011, entry for Jose Maria Antonio del Carmen, born 9 April 1880; citing La Libertad, San Juan Opico, Nacimientos 1879-1893, image 50; Ministerio Archivo Civil de la Alcaldia Municipal de San Salvador.
 
*“El Salvador Civil Registration,” index and images, FamilySearch ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]): accessed 21 March 2011, entry for Jose Maria Antonio del Carmen, born 9 April 1880; citing La Libertad, San Juan Opico, Nacimientos 1879-1893, image 50; Ministerio Archivo Civil de la Alcaldia Municipal de San Salvador.
 
When the citation has been replaced with a citation specific to the collection described, please change the heading to "Citation Example for Records Found in This Collection".
 

Revision as of 22:30, 27 February 2013

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Contents

Title in the Language of the Records

Eesti Kirik Raamatud

Record Description

This collection includes baptism, marriage, and burial/death records for various churches, such as Orthodox, Old Believer, Roman Catholic, and Baptist. The collection includes records from 1627 to 1953.

Estonia’s religious picture is influenced by the Soviet occupation and secularization. Estonia remains a Christian-shaped country, but only 23% of the population are members of Christian Churches. About 11% of the population belongs to the predominantly protestant religion, the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, and 10% to the Orthodox Church, the second largest faith. Other religious communities (Roman Catholics, Baptists, Jews, Methodists, Muslims, Buddhists and others) are much smaller.

In most churches, the sacramental ordinances of baptisms, marriages, and burials were performed by an authorized ecclesiastical officer. These registers were generally kept in the parish archive, but later these were sent to the churches largest archive for preservation.

For a list of records by religion currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"Estonia, Church Books and Synagogue Registers, 1835-1940." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing National Historical Archive, Tartu.


Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

These baptism records usually contain the following information:

  • Child's name
  • Christening date
  • Sometimes the birth date
  • Parents' names
  • Parents' marital status
  • Parents' residence
  • Father's occupation
  • Sometimes the mother’s age
  • Witnesses and their residences

These marriage records usually contain the following information:

  • Groom’s name
  • Depending on the time period, the groom’s marital status, residence, and age
  • Bride’s name
  • Depending on the time period, the bride’s marital status, residence, and age
  • Witnesses and their residences

These burial/death records usually contain the following information:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Death date
  • Burial date
  • Residence
  • Occupation
  • Age
  • Marital status and sometimes the spouse’s name
  • Sometimes other biographical notes

How to Use the Record

To search the collection, follow this series of links:

⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the Religioon
⇒ Select the Kihelkond
⇒ Select the Event type, year range (volume) which takes you to the images.

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • Name
  • Date of the event
  • Place of the event
  • Other identifying information such as the names of the parents or the spouse

Search the Collection

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

Using the Information

Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in populations registers.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate land records.
  • Use the parents’ birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
  • Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • The information in church records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. Guidelines are available to help you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide. If you would like to get more involved join the WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

  • "Delaware Marriage Records," index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org): accessed 4 March 2011, entry for William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, married 23 November 1913; citing marriage certificate no. 859; FHL microfilm 2,025,063; Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.
  • “El Salvador Civil Registration,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org): accessed 21 March 2011, entry for Jose Maria Antonio del Carmen, born 9 April 1880; citing La Libertad, San Juan Opico, Nacimientos 1879-1893, image 50; Ministerio Archivo Civil de la Alcaldia Municipal de San Salvador.