Ukraine, Odesa Census Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Ukraine, Odesa Census Records, 1897 .
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Odesa, Ukraine
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Record Description
Record Type: Census Records
Collection years: 1897-1928
Languages: Russian
Title in the Language: Украина, Одесса, перепись населения 1897
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Related Websites
State Archives of Odessa

What is in This Collection?

This collection includes Odesa census records for 1897. Records are from the All-Russian 1897 Census, of which only portions survived. There is currently no index available. The collection is organized by volume or 'Том.'

Odesa, also spelled Odessa, is the third largest city in Ukraine. Located on the shore of the Black Sea, the city is a major seaport and transportation hub. Odessa is also a government center of the Odessa Oblast or province. The All-Russian 1897 Census was also known as the Russian Imperial Census and census takers collected statistics as of January 28, 1897. At the time, Odessa was listed as the third largest city in the Russian Empire.

Image Visibility

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. Ukraine, Odesa Census Records collection is available to the Family History Library, FamilySearch Centers, and to members of the supporting organization. The images can be viewed at a FamilySearch Center near you. (All rights reserved. Neither this image nor any part of it may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form, electronic or otherwise, without written permission of the Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine.)

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Ukraine, Odesa Census Records,1897.

Collection Content

Census records may contain the following information:

  • Family name
  • Given name, or nickname
  • Gender
  • How related to the head of household
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Social status, rank, or title
  • Place of birth
  • Place of registration
  • Place of residence
  • Religion
  • Native language
  • Literacy
  • Occupation

How Do I Search This Collection?

Without a record index, the best advice for researchers is to identify an address or area of the city where ancestors lived at the time of the Census and start browsing records in that area., an affiliate of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, has published a guide to understanding and translating the census. It contains other information about the census in Latvia. See this link, Museum of Jewish Heritage.

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the "Volume" category which takes you to the images.

When searching:
As you are searching, it is helpful to know such information as your 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 your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

Search the collection by image, comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Check for variant spellings of the names.
  • Search the records of nearby localities (such as Dachne, Nova Dolyna, Illichivsk, and Teplodar).

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Collection Citation
“Ukraine, Odesa Census Records, 1897.” Images. FamilySearch. accessed 2017. Citing Державний архів Одеської області [State Archive of Odessa Region].
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