Church Records

Churches were founded in the earliest days of settlement in the mid-1760's and recorded many of the vital events in our ancestors lives. These records include lists of births and baptisms, confirmations, marriages, deaths and family lists. Family Lists (known in German as a Personal-Buch) begin with the head of household and typically include their spouse, daughters, sons, daughter-in-laws, and grandchildren living in that household. Births/baptism dates, location of birth, confirmation year and location, marriage dates, and death dates are often noted. In addition, communion dates for each household member may also be listed.

Copies of church records have been obtained for many colonies. In most cases, the records have been translated from German and Russian to English. The list below is limited to digital images and/or translations held by organizations and individuals apart from the Russian archives.

Please contact us if you have additions to this list.

 

Sources for the available records:

American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR)
The Family History Library (FHL) - Items transferred from the Center for Volga German Studies
Roger Burbank
Maggie Hein
Brent Mai
Tim Weeder

 

The type and date of available records listed by colony, and from whom, follow:

Brunnental
1860-1869 Family List - AHSGR
1877-1884 Family List Volume I - Maggie Hein
1870-1884 Family List Volume II - CVGS (digital images - library use only)
1870-1884 Family List Volume II - AHSGR (digital images held by the CVGS - library use only)

Dinkel
1807-1825 Births - AHSGR
1834-1858 Births - AHSGR
1827 Family List - AHSGR

Frank
1839-1888 Births/Baptisms - CVGS (digital images - library use only)
1895-1906 Births/Baptisms - CVGS (digital images - library use only)
1839-1853 Marriages - CVGS (digital images - library use only)
1872-1910 Marriages - CVGS (digital images - library use only)
1839-1868 Deaths - CVGS (digital images - library use only)
1877-1901 Deaths - CVGS (digital images - library use only)
1904 Deaths - CVGS (digital images - library use only)

Graf
1895 - Family List - AHSGR

Herzog
1879-1912 Family List - AHSGR

Huck
1844-1847 Deaths - AHSGR
1836-1845 Family List - CVGS (digital images - library use only)
1836-1845 Family List - Brent Mai

Hussenbach
1818-1904 Births/Baptisms - CVGS
1906-1909 Births/Baptisms - CVGS
1818-1838 Marriages - CVGS
1878-1908 Marriages - CVGS
1818-1858 Deaths - CVGS
1871-1908 Deaths - CVGS

Jost
1794-1866 Births - AHSGR

Katharinenstadt
1873 Family List - AHSGR

Kolb
1839-1886 Births - CVGS (digital images - library use only)
1896-1913 Births - CVGS (digital images - library use only)
1839-1901 Deaths - CVGS (digital images - library use only)
1904 Deaths - CVGS (digital images - library use only)

Kraft
1848-1866 Births/Baptisms - CVGS
1885-1896 Births/Baptisms - CVGS
1901-1902 Births/Baptisms - CVGS
1904 Marriages - CVGS
1895-1905 Deaths - CVGS

Krasnoyar
1834 Births - AHSGR
1874-1891 Family List - AHSGR

Kukkus
1886 Family List - AHSGR

Langenfeld
1872-1895 Baptisms - CVGS (digital images - library use only)
1872-1896 Deaths - CVGS (digital images - library use only)
1896-1920 Baptisms - CVGS (digital images - library use only)
1921 Baptisms (Jan-Feb and Jul-Dec only) - CVGS (digital images - library use only)

Laub
1794-1825 Births - AHSGR
1826-1833 Births - AHSGR
1826-1833 Marriages - AHSGR
1826-1833 Deaths - AHSGR

Lauwe
1826-1840 Births - AHSGR
1826-1840 Marriages - AHSGR
1826-1840 Deaths - AHSGR

Liebenthal
1874 Family List - AHSGR

Messer
1791-1820 Births - AHSGR
1856-1858 Births - AHSGR
1804-1826 Marriages - AHSGR
1827-1892 Marriage Index - AHSGR
1805-1826 Deaths - AHSGR

Neu-Dönhof
1863-1904 Births - AHSGR
1863-1901 Marriages - AHSGR
1862-1884 Deaths - AHSGR

Neu-Messer
1904 Baptism Records - AHSGR
1917 Family List - AHSGR

Norka
1834-1845 Family List - CVGS (digital images - library use only)
1876-1890 Family List - CVGS (digital images - library use only)
1891-1905 Family List - CVGS (digital images - library use only)
1891-1905 Family List - Brent Mai

Paulskoye
Births 1798-1833 - Tim Weeder
Births 1798-1833 - Tim Weeder
Deaths 1798-1857 - Tim Weeder

Reinwald
1874 Family List - AHSGR

Rosenfeld am Jeruslan
1896-1916 Births - CVGS
1896-1916 Births - Roger Burbank

Stahl am Tarlyk
1775-1811 Births - AHSGR 1794-1861 Births
1835-1861 Deaths - AHSGR

Straub
1800-1810 Births - AHSGR
1847-1868 Confirmations - AHSGR
1826-1832 Marriages - AHSGR

Walter
1839-1900 Births/Baptisms - CVGS
1903-1913 Births/Baptisms - CVGS
1839-1853 Marriages - CVGS
1894-1895 Marriages - CVGS
1839-1848 Deaths - CVGS
1851-1870 Deaths - CVGS
1903-1904 Deaths - CVGS

Warenburg
1826-1840 Marriages - AHSGR
1874 Family List - AHSGR

Resources

List of available Volga German colony Census Lists.