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Title in the Language of the Records

Россия, Тверские исповедные ведомости

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Record Description

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. The text of the records is in Russian.

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This collection of church confessions for the Province of Tver includes the years 1728 to 1913.

Church confession lists were created and kept by priests to record the information related to their parishioner’s confessions.

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

Record Content

Confession records usually contain the following information:
  • Place of confession
  • Complete names and ages of those confessing
  • Number of males and females

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 Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: Tver Confession Lists, 1728-1913

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Citation for This Collection

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 2013. Citing Православная церковь. Государственном архиве Самаре, Россия. Государственном архиве в Твери, Россия.

Original records are also housed in various parishes throughout the Province of Tver, Russia.


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