Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Record

Россия, дубликаты Лютеранских метрических книг, 1833-1885

What is in the Collection?

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.

For a list of records by localities currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

This collection covers the early duplicates, 1833–1885. These records are written in Russian. 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.

Coverage Table

The Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates (FamilySearch Historical Records) Coverage Table shows the places and time periods covered in the indexed records for this collection. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

Image Visibility

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Collection Content

Baptism records may 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

Marriage records may 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

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 Do I Search the Collection?

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Russia Lutheran Church Book Duplicates 1833-1885.

To search this collection by name:
To search the collection by name, fill in your ancestor’s information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.

Searching by image:
To search the collection images, you will need to use the following series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "Province"
⇒Select the appropriate "District"
⇒Select the appropriate "Town"
⇒Select the appropriate "Volume year range: event type (volume number)," which takes you to the images.

Use the duplicates to uniquely identify individuals and to determine parentage. Compile families from the entries for a single couple.

Search each individual image. Again, you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.

Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

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 and 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:

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Don't overlook FHL Place Russia items or FHL Keyword Russia items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Russia Archives and Libraries.

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.

Related Wiki Articles

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing this Collection

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Collection Citation:

"Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885" Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Russland Historischen Staatsarchiv, St. Petersburg (Konsistorium Petersburg. Russian State Historical Archive, St. Petersburg).

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885.

Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885.

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