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 Center for Volga German Studies (CVGS) - Please search our library catalog to find specific publications.
Roger Burbank
Maggie Hein
Brent Mai

 

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
1839-1886 Births - CVGS (digital images - library use only)
1896-1913 Births - CVGS (digital images - library use only)
1839-1910 Marriages - CVGS (digital images - library use only)
1839-1901 Deaths - CVGS (digital images - library use only)
1904 Deaths - CVGS (digital images - library use only)
1887 Family List - Maggie Hein

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

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)

Krasnoyar
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

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

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

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

Wittmann
1890 Family List - AHSGR

CVGS Resources

The CVGS holds many church record translations in our collection. Please search our library catalog to find specific publications. Need help? Consult our library guide.

List of available Volga German colony Census Lists.