Russia, Tver Confession Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Records

Россия, Тверские исповедные ведомости

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Record Description

The form of confession lists was established in 1737. It includes the sequential number of the household, surname, given names of all children at least one year old, gender, ages, whether or not the person attended confession, and, if not, why the person did not attend (this is rarely noted).

Confessions were done at the time of Lent, the period of the liturgical year from Ash Wednesday to Easter. Children were taken to confession beginning in their seventh year. Russian Orthodox confession lists were sometimes interfiled with the church records of baptisms, marriages, or deaths.

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This collection of church confessions for the Province of Tver includes the years 1728 to 1913.

Church confession lists were created and kept by priests to record the information related to their parishioner’s confessions.

These were considered an official record and are normally very reliable.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

Orthodox Church parishes. Russia, Tver confession lists. Russian Society of Historians and Archivists, Moscow, Russia.

Original records are also housed in various parishes throughout the Province of Tver, Russia.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Russia, Tver Orthodox Confession Lists DGS 5195285 7.jpg

These confession records usually contain the following information:

  • Place of confession
  • Complete names and ages of those confessing
  • Number of males and females

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Russia, Tver Confession Lists, 1728-1913," digital images, FamilySearch ( accessed 20 March 2012), Москва > Клин1880 Vol. 17064
> images 5 or 21  images, entry number 26, Citation for This Collection