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Ukraine, Western Ukraine Catholic Church Book Duplicates, 1600-1937
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Record Description
Record Type: Church Books
Collection years: 1600-1937
Languages: Russian
Title in the Language: Україна, Західна Україна, Дублікати метричних книг католицької церкви
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Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine

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

This collection of church records for the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (as well as smaller segments for the Armenian and Roman Catholic Church) covers the years 1600-1937.

This collection includes indexes of baptisms and images of baptisms, marriages, and deaths for Catholics living in the parishes of Eastern Galicia (Galizien), a province of the Austrian Empire, now located in western Ukraine. The records are duplicates created by priests for the civil authorities. Austrian place names are used in the browse because the records pre-date the period when the area belonged to Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is the largest Eastern Catholic Church of its own law. The name Greek Catholic Church was introduced by Empress Maria Theresa in 1774 in order to distinguish it from the Roman Catholic and Armenian Catholic Churches.

Church registers were created by authorized church priests in order to record important events, such as baptisms, marriages, and deaths or burials in the life of its members. For a list of records by religion, document type, and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page. For additional details about these records and help using them see Ukraine, Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records.

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

For help reading these Ukraine records see the following guides:

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Ukraine, Western Ukraine Catholic Church Book Duplicates, 1600-1937.

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

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Date and place of baptism/christening
  • Name and gender of child
  • Date and place of child's birth
  • Catholic or non-Catholic
  • Legitimate or illegitimate
  • Names of parents and their occupation
  • Names of godparents and their occupation


  • Name, patronymic and surnames of parents
  • Parents' religion and occupation
  • Name, patronymic and surnames of godparents
  • Godparents' religion and occupation
  • Name of person performing the ceremony
  • Names of witnesses


  • Date and month of marriage
  • Place of marriage
  • Name, patronymic, surname and age of groom
  • Groom's religion and occupation
  • Name, patronymic, surname and age of bride
  • Names of witnesses
  • Name of person performing marriage ceremony


  • Date and month of death/burial
  • Name and age of deceased
  • Cause of death
  • Sometimes, parents names if deceased is a minor
  • Sometimes, name of spouse, if deceased was married
  • Name of person who administered confession/communion
  • Name of person who performed burial ceremony
  • Place of burial of deceased

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

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The place where the event occurred
  • The name and surname of the person
  • The approximate date of the event
  • The name of the parents or spouse

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select Religion
  2. Select Place, Parish name
  3. Select Event, year range (volume) to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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?[edit | edit source]

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

  • Add any new information to your records
  • 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 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
  • 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 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
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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