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28 August 2021, 09:02

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Confession statements of the churches of the Moscow province. XVIII-XIX centuries. Main Archive of Moscow

From them you can find out the full composition of the family, the age of its members and their place of residence.

Online service Main Archive of Moscow “My family” was replenished with confession statements of Orthodox churches in Moscow and the Moscow province from the second quarter of the 18th century to the 1860s. From them you can find out the full composition of the family, the age of its members and the place where they lived. In addition, more than 125 thousand pages of birth books were added to the online service, which help to find out information about the birth, marriage and death of relatives before 1917. This was reported by Anastasia Rakova, Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Social Development.

“One of the most frequent reasons why townspeople come to the archive is a desire to learn more about their ancestors. In order to make the search for information more convenient, at the end of last year we opened the online service “My Family” for residents, which has already been visited by almost 1.5 million people. At the moment, about four million pages of metric books, more than 420 thousand pages of revision tales have been collected here, and now we have added confession statements, which further expand the possibilities of citizens in genealogical research. Previously, all these documents were available only in reading rooms, but now you can find the information you need from anywhere in the country and even the world, ”she said.

Confession statements are family lists of church members. Usually they included all family members, except for children under the age of one year. Almost 700,000 pages of confession statements are now available online. The work on their digitization and placement will continue.

The confession statements were an annual reporting church document. They indicated who was at confession, who received communion. In addition to the names, the place of residence, family relationships within each family and the age of the parishioners were recorded there. For example, “the peasants of the Ivanovskaya village”, among whom there could be “Ivan Ivanov, 35 years old; his wife Olga Vasilieva, 29 years old; their son Peter, 10 years old. ” All parishioners of the church were entered into the confession statements, even those who had never been to confession.

The new materials serve as a valuable addition to the documents already posted on the online service – registers of births and revision tales. By registers of birthsyou can learn about the birth, marriage and death of your ancestors from 1772 to 1917. Not all of them were deposited in the archive, but the bulk of such documents have survived.

Revision tales– This is a kind of population censuses for 1795-1858. The peculiarity of revision tales is that information was entered there only about representatives of taxable estates – peasants, burghers, merchants, guilds, since these documents were drawn up for subsequent taxation. Special revision tales were for the clergy, but nobles were not included in these documents at all.

In order to find information about your ancestors in the online service “My Family”, you can use instructionon the archive website. It is also possible to request information about your relatives by e-mail from the Moscow Main Archive:… Submission rules and rates are posted here.

You can get access to the originals of birth books, revision tales and confession statements in the reading room of the Moscow Main Archive at 80 Profsoyuznaya Street. The reading room is open on Mondays from 09:30 to 16:30, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 until 20:00, on Fridays – from 09:30 to 15:00. Experts will help to resolve all arising questions.

Now you can enter the building of the Glavarchiv only by a QR code, which confirms vaccination, a negative test for coronavirus or a past illness. Citizens registered in the reading room can order the necessary documents for website, And then in the institution to work with them. All sanitary requirements are met in the reading room: tables are located at a great distance from each other, disinfection is carried out regularly. Visitors are required to bring a mask with them.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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