Russia, Simbirsk, Church Books (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Russia, Simbirsk, Church Books, 1768-1939
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|Flag of Russian Empire and Russian Federation|
|Location of Simbirsk, Russia|
|Record Type:||Church Books|
|Title in the Language:||Россия, Книги Симбирской церкви|
|Ulyanovsk State Archive|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 4 What Do I Do Next?
- 5 Citing This Collection
- 6 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
This collection contains records from the years 1768-1939.
This collection contains images of births, baptisms, marriages, divorces, deaths, and burials in the province of Simbirsk (modern day Ulyanovsk). These records were acquired from the Ulyanovsk regional archive. These records are written in Russian.
For a list of records by localities, document type and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browselink from the collection landing page.
|A common idea in the West is that metrical books (Russian parish registers) were destroyed by the Soviet regime in its campaign against religion. On the contrary, Soviet archives preserved them. Cut off by political circumstance, or unresponsive to genealogical inquires, these sources remained untouched for most of the twentieth century.|
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Reading These Records
These records are in Russian. For help reading these records see the following guides:
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- Russian Genealogical Word List
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What Can These Records Tell Me?
The following information may be found in these records:
How Do I Search This Collection?
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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?
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. 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.
- 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 employment records or other types of records such as military records
- Use the parent’s birth places 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
- 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
- Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
Keep in mind:
- The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but it depends upon the reliability of the informant
- Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1900s
- There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record
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
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Russia.
Citing This Collection
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
- Collection Citation
- "Россия, Симбирские метрические книги, 1768-1939." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing Orthodox Church. Ulyanovsk State Archive.
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- The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Russia,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1996-2001.