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Russia, Samara Church Books 1748-1934
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Samara, Russia
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1748-1934
Languages: Russian
Title in the Language: Россия, Самарская Православная Консистория Дубликаты Метрических Книг
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection will include records of births and baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials from the Orthodox Church in Samara Province from 1748 to 1934. Register transcripts usually contain multiple parishes for a year, with separate sections for the baptisms, marriages, and burials of a single parish. The volumes cover a district (uezd) and often are very large. Original registers may contain multiple years for a single parish.

The Church acted as both a religious and civil agent in recording vital events and church sacraments such as baptism and burial. Peter the Great mandated the keeping of Russian Orthodox books in 1722. The format was standardized in 1724. Printed forms were introduced in 1806. In 1838 a format was introduced that prevailed until the 1930s. The priests made a transcript for the ecclesiastical court (dukhovnaia konsistoriia) having jurisdiction over the parish. This is usually the version that has been preserved. The register covers 70% of the population for early periods, 90% after 1800.

Church registers were created and kept by priests to record the baptisms, marriages, and burials performed for their parishioners. These were considered an official record and are normally very reliable. Earlier registers may not be equally reliable. In 1825 the Holy Synod,the governmental body over the Orthodox Church, ordered bishops to eradicate bribery of priests to falsify the books, suggesting that this problem existed.

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Content[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Baptism

  • Child's date and place of baptism
  • Child's name and gender (usually an infant)
  • Child's age or date of birth
  • Names of parents and their residence
  • Father's occupation
  • Parents' religion
  • Names of godparents
  • Sometimes names of grandparents
  • Witnesses

Marriage

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of bride and groom
  • Ages of bride and groom
  • Names of parents
  • Religion of all involved
  • Residence of all involved
  • Witnesses

Death or Burial

  • Date and place of burial
  • Name of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Age of deceased
  • Cause of death
  • Residence
  • Sometimes, parents may be listed

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

As of September 2019 this collection contains records from Казань (Kazan), Оренбург (Orenburg), Самара (Samara), Саратов (Saratov), and Симбирск (Simbirsk). A detailed coverage table for this collection is available in the wiki article Russia, Samara Province Orthodox Church Records, Coverage Table - FamilySearch Historical Records

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • 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 civil registration records in the country
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  • 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?[edit | edit source]

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  • 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

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