Ukraine, Zakarpattia Province Church Books (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Records

Україна, Метричні книги Закарпатської області

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What is in the Collection?

This collection includes records of baptisms or births, marriages, and burials or deaths from Zakarpattia, a region of Western Ukraine, for the years 1715-1933. The collection was created mostly by various Christian religious groups of the Orthodox Church, which was the main religious group in the Ukraine, but it also contains records from the Catholic Church. In later years, other religions developed in the country.

Normally, two copies of the records were made: the original copy, which was kept by the local parish, and a transcript, which was sent annually to a central ecclesiastical or civil office. Church registers were kept by local parish priests in order to record the births or baptisms, marriages, and deaths or burials in the lives of their parishioners.

These are considered official records and are normally very reliable. In 1825, the Holy Synod, the governmental body over the Orthodox Church, ordered bishops to eradicate the bribing of priests to falsify the books, suggesting that this problem may have existed prior to this time.

Earlier records are handwritten in Hungarian, Latin, Russian, or Ukrainian.

Collection Content

Baptism records may include the following:

  • Place and date of baptism
  • Name of the child
  • Age or date of birth
  • Legitimacy
  • Parents’ names and residence
  • Godparents’ names

Marriage Records may include the following:

  • Place and date of marriage
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Ages, residences, and sometimes occupations of the bride and groom
  • Names of the parents of the bride and groom
  • Witnesses’ names

Burial or Death Records may include the following:

  • Place and date of death
  • Name of the deceased person
  • Place of residence, age, and cause of death
  • Sometimes the names of the parents, spouse, or children
  • Burial place

How Do I Search the Collection?

Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to baptism, marriage, and death or burial records make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings or misinterpretations. If the information was scanned, there may be optical character recognition errors.

When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:

  • The place where the event occurred
  • The name of the person
  • The approximate date of the event
  • The name of the parents or spouse

Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestor in the records. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestor 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 looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. If you want to find more information about the family, 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 census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment records or military records.
  • Use the parents’ birthplaces to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • 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.
  • Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.

Looking in the same collection, you may be able to identify other members of the family:

  • 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.

Keep in mind:

  • 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 amount of information given from one record to another.

If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.

For Help Reading These Records

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

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Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Ukraine, Zakarpattia Province Church Books." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Citing State Archive of Transcarpathaia.

Image Citation:

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