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Tver, Russia
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Record Description
Record Type: Church Books
Collection years: 1722-1918
Languages: Russian
Title in the Language: Россия, Тверские метрические книги
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Tverskoy State Archive


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection of church records includes births and baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials performed by priests in the province of Tver (and surrounding provinces) from 1722-1918. These records were originally created at a local level, but were acquired from the state archive in Tver. An index of baptisms will be included.

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. These records are written in Russian.

Church registers were created and kept by priests to record the baptisms, marriages, and burials performed for their parishioner 

These were considered an official record and are normally very reliable. Earlier registers may not be equally reliable. In 1825 the Holy Synod, 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]

These records are in Russian. For help reading them see:

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Russia, Tver Church Books, 1722-1918.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Baptism

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Name of principal (usually an infant)
  • Age or date of birth of principal
  • Names of parents and their residence
  • Names of godparents
  • Sometimes names of grandparents
  • Witnesses

Marriage

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Name, age and patronymic surname of groom
  • Religion of groom
  • Name, age and patronymic surname of bride
  • Religion of bride
  • Names and signature of witnesses
  • Name of person who performed ceremony

Death/burial

  • Name, age and gender of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Date and place of burial
  • Name of person who performed burial
  • Name of person who administered confession and communion

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

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

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 other types of records such as employment or military records
  • Use the parents' 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

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames
  • Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
  • 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

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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