Russian census lists

Translation, transliteration, and editing of the eighteenth-century documents (which were obtained from the Russian Archives in St. Petersburg) provided many linguistic and historical challenges.  Keep in mind that these documents were hand written.  While they are often inconsistent, they are still the best records available of the lives of households, which are not based upon documentary sources such as church registers of births, deaths, and marriages

The 1775 and the 1798 revisions were made in order to determine tax and debt status of the colonists and their families.  They typically include names of colonists by family and the individual family member's name, sex, and age.

The census records are very useful in not only tracing genealogical lines, but also in tracing the movement of the colonists from one colony to another.

Refer to the Volga Village Index for a listing of surnames included in each Census Report with an asterisk*. Remember, there was much movement between villages, so be sure to check all villages for your surname.

These census lists may be purchased through the online store , various contacts as indicated by the link, or by contacting AHSGR.  All pricing for manual or electronic orders can be found on the store pages.

 Below lists a number of revisions that were taken in future years:

  • 1st Revision - 1719
  • 2nd Revision - 1743
  • 3rd Revision - 1767 (often called "Original Settlers Lists")
  • 4th Revision - 1775
  • 5th Revision - 1798 (List of Corrections to 1798 Revision)
  • 6th Revision - 1811
  • 7th Revision - 1816
  • 8th Revision - 1834
  • 9th Revision - 1850
  • 10th Revision - 1857

There was a complete census (not a revision) of the Russian Empire conducted in 1897, but most of it was destroyed in a fire during the early Soviet years.  Some pieces evidently survived.

As a better way of collecting census information and to avoid duplication in efforts, AHSGR and CVGS (Center for Volga German Studies) are jointly posting their census material on each website to provide a better understanding of what is available. Contact information is included after each census date.  Most of these materials are available are AHSGR headquarters for research.