Armenia Church Records
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For information about records for non-Christian religions in Armenia, go to the Religious Records page.
Record type: Church records kept by parish priests of births/baptisms, marriages, and deaths/burials. The term is also used to refer to the records of denominations that had jurisdictions other than parishes.
General: Most Armenians belong to the Armenian Apostolic Church and small segments are Armenian Catholics, and Armenian Evangelicals though those congregations tend to exist mostly in the diaspora. Records for some congregations outside of Armenia are located in the Historical Archive. Registers were kept in Armenia only after the Russian annexation.
Time period: 1838-present.
Contents: Names of the person and other family members, residence, relationships, dates and place of birth and 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.
Location: Historical Archive, Yerevan; Modern History Archive, Yerevan, and civil registrar offices.
Percentage in Family History Library: 95%.
Population coverage: 60% coverage for 19th century; 90% coverage for the 20th century through 1936.
Armenian Apostolic Church Records
1. Use the Locality List for Armenian Parish Registers, listed by historic name and former Russian Empire jurisdictions. Partially in Russian.
2. Use the fond, opis, and item number(s) (see the two far-right columns from the link above) to locate the records in the Family History Library catalog:
- State Historical Archive of Armenia: Fond 47 or Fond 62
- State Historical Archive of Armenia: Fond 53 or Fond 357. (Example: fond 53, opis 2, file 109 = Ֆ: 53՝ ց: 2՝ մ: 109)
The red link in the FHL catalog to the digital records is incomplete. Scroll to the list of microfilms to view the digital images.
Church Record Examples
- The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Armenia,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1990-1999.