Ukraine, Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Records

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Collection Time Period

This collection includes the years 1722 to the mid 1930s.

Record History

The Church acted as both a religious and civil agent in recording vital events and church sacraments such as baptism and burial. Peter the Great mandated the keeping of Russian Orthodox books in 1722. The format was standardized in 1724. Printed forms were introduced in 1806. In 1838 a format was introduced that prevailed until the 1930s. The priests made a transcript for the ecclesiastical court (dukhovnaia konsistoriia) having jurisdiction over the parish. This is usually the version that has been preserved. The register covers 70% for early periods, 90% after 1800. The registers are in Russian.

The orthodox parishes of the Kyyiv (Kiev) Consistory covers the area now in the districts (oblasts) of Kyyiv, Zhytomyr, Vinnytsya, and Cherkasy.

Why the Record Was Created

Church registers were kept by parish priests in order to record births/baptisms, marriages, and deaths/burials.

Record Reliability

These were considered an official record and are normally very reliable. Earlier registers may not be equally reliable. In 1825 the Holy Synod, governmental body over the Orthodox Church, ordered bishops to eradicate bribery of priests to falsify the books, suggesting that this problem existed.

Record Description

A collection of baptisms/births, marriages, and burials/deaths for Orthodox parishes in Diocese of Kiev. The records are duplicates created by priests for civil authorities. The records are preserved in the Central Historical Archive of Ukraine in Kiev. The place names reflect the jurisdiction when the records were created. Register transcripts usually contain multiple parishes for a year, with separate sections for the baptisms, marriages, and burials of a single parish. The volumes cover a district (uezd) and often are very large. Original registers may contain multiple years for a single parish.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in all registers are:

  • Names of the person and other family members
  • Relationships
  • Residence
  • Dates of baptism, marriage, death, and burial
  • Places of baptism, marriage, death and burial
  • Baptisms include names of godparents
  • Marriages include the ages of the bride and groom
  • Burials include the age of the deceased and cause of death

How to Use the Record

Use the registers to uniquely identifies individuals and connect them to the parent generation. Often you can derive entire families by matching up children with the same parents.

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Citations of Researched Sources for This Collection

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  • • "Delaware Marriage Records," index and images, FamilySearch ( 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 ( 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.

Sources of This Collection

Ukraine, Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates, database,; from Main Archives Administration in Kiev and Central Historical Archive of Ukraine. Ukraine, Kiev Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates. Central Historical Archive of Ukraine in Kiev, Ukraine. FHL microfilm. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

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