Russia, Samara Civil Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Russia, Samara Civil Registers, 1918-1922
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Record Description
Record Type: Church Books
Collection years: 1918-1922
Languages: Russian
Title in the Language: Россия, Самара актов гражданского состояния
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State Archive of Samara


What is in This Collection?

This collection, which contains records for the years 1918-1922, consists of images of civil registers containing births, marriages, and deaths for the city of Samara, acquired from the archive in Samara. These records are written in Russian. Civil registers, also called vital records, had just been established in Russian cities at this time, and gaps in registration continued until 1926.

While searching through this collection, it may be helpful to note that some of the letters used in these records were eliminated in the 1918 Russian spelling reform (Iі, Ѳѳ, Ѣѣ, Ѵѵ). Knowing these facts can be helpful while working with Russian genealogy.

For a list of records by document type and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browselink from the collection landing page.

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Reading These Records

These records are in Russian. For help reading these records see the following guides:

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Russia, Samara Civil Registers, 1918-1922.

Collection Content

The following information may be found in these records:

Birth

  • Name of child
  • Date and place of birth
  • Names of parents
  • Sometimes, maiden name of mother
  • Position in the household

Marriage

  • Name of the bride and groom
  • Date and place of marriage

Divorce

  • Names of spouses
  • Residence

Death

  • Name of deceased
  • Date and place of death

How Do I Search This Collection?

View the Images

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  1. Select Year/Vol/Event to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the age in the citizen to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have moved, been recruited or lived nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify. Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This compiled list can help you identify possible relations that can be further verified by researching vital records indexes in the country
  • When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the time period, either Civil Registration records or Church Records may be more useful
  • While searching, it is helpful to know such information as the 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 an ancestor and that the ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times
  • Keep in mind that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names
  • Search the indexes and records of local genealogical societies
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another

Record Finder

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"Россия, Самарские Акты гражданского состояния, 1918-1922." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Russian Society of Historians and Archivists, Moscow.
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