Englishmen in Imperial Russia – metrical records

If your ancestor was an English man or an English woman  who at some point in their life lived and worked in Tsarist Russia (pre-1917) you should pay an attention to this post.

The English Church was originally established in Moscow by the Russia Company and then moved to Archangelsk in 1721 and then to St Petersburg.  Anglican churches were also opened in the cities of Kronstadt and Schlisselburg.  From 1721 until 1917, the St Petersburg Anglican church was located in a building purchased by the British community at 56 English Embankment.

Finding 1 – Neither the Anglican Church in St Petersburg nor St Andrew’s church in Moscow hold any records for the English church for the pre-1917 period. Where records or documents for St Petersburg were saved after the Revolution (or where copies of records were sent to London in the 19thcentury), they can be found in the London Metropolitan Archives in Clerkenwell  (Reference code: CLC 335).

Finding 2- 19th Century births & baptism records for the English Church (search under Birthplace: British Chaplaincy, St Petersburg) can also be found on-line at: https://familysearch.org/. I presume these were taken from  London Metropolitan Archives in Clerkenwell .

Finding 3 -Russian State Historical archive (RGIA) in St Petersburg has fund 1689 (1706-1918)- Anglican churches in Russia. It includes Parish registers; spiritual testaments of different persons; lists of priests and parishioners; texts of sermons, prayers; Letters of British subjects to the priests of the Anglican Church in St. Petersburg; priests’ correspondence with Westminster Abbey, individual birth/death certificates and wills.

Below is the short description of inventories and available files  in this fund.  The records are written in English, but unfortunately -not scanned.  A manual research in archive is required.

Inventory 1 File 1

Journal of registration of baptism, marriage and death of Anglican parishioners in the cities of Arkhangelsk (17.8 – 12.10.1719),  Moscow (23.01.1706- 10.03.1723) and St. Petersburg ( 2.07.1723 -1.03.1812).

Inventory 1 File 2

Journal of registration of baptism, marriage and death of British citizens living in St Petersburg 1820-1829

Certificate issued by the Reformed Church of St. Michael in Moscow about marriage of Clark Charles, machinist, with Frushceeler Elisabett from Plymouth 19.02.1821

Inventory 1 File 3

Journal of registrations of baptism, marriage and death from the congregation of the Anglican Church in St Petersburg for 1831-1846

Inventory 1 File 4

Journal of registrations of baptism, marriage and death from the congregation of the Anglican Church in St Petersburg for 1851 -1856, 1858- 1867

Inventory 1 File 5

Alphabetical index to the books of baptism, marriage and death of worshipers in the Church of England in St Petersburg for 1706 – 1901 (89 pages)

Inventory 1 File 8

Journal of baptisms of British citizens living in St. Petersburg and other cities: Bryansk, Warsaw , Gatchina , Helsingfors , Yekaterinburg , Ekaterinoslav , Zhytomyr, Kiev , Kostroma , Red Selo , Kronstadt  , Ligovo near St. Petersburg , Moscow , Narva , Nizhny Novgorod , Novgorod , Odessa , Pavlovsk , Pargolovo , Peterhof , Revel , Rostov , Strelna , Tula , Tsarskoye Selo , Schlisselburg . Period 29.6.1867-11.2.1901

Inventory 1 File 9

Journal of baptisms of British citizens living in St. Petersburg, as well as in the Pskov province, Gatchina , Shlisselburg  and Narva ,  Petersburg gubernia, Rostov-on-Don, Moscow , Krasnoyarsk , Pereslavl-Zalesskiy . Period February 1901- February 1919

Inventory 1 File 10

Journal of registrations of confirmation and first communion of British citizens living in St. Petersburg and Peterburg gubernia (Kronstadt , Narva,  Gatchina – at the Lutheran Church ); Riga ; Moscow , Arkhangelsk, Onega in Arkhangelsk Province/gubernia, Yaroslavl Province and also in Liverpool , Berlin and Darmstadt.  Period February 1882- September 1917

Inventory 1 File 11

Journal of registration of marriage of British citizens living in St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Province (Narva ,Kronstadt ); Gdov , Pavlovsk , as well as – in the cities of Kostroma , Kiev.  Period 1908- February 1919.

Inventory 1 File 12

Journal of registrations of death of British citizens living in St Petersburg, as well as in St. Petersburg Province (Schlisselburg , Gatchina , Strelna , Pavlovsk , Oranienbaum , Tsarskoye Selo , Kronstadt ,Narva ) and  Minsk ; Volokolamsk Moscow Province; Yalta Tauride province; Smolensk ; Novgorod ; Rybinsk, Yaroslavl province. Period November 1906- February 1919

Inventory 1 File 13

“British citizens and British congregation in St. Petersburg” – an alphabetical index in the form of statements with information about the address, marital status , social situation , family composition (number of men and women ), additional information in a footnote  – maiden name, children, etc .; persons employed in certain branches of activity, etc. on May 5, 1845.  Pages 69

Inventory 1 File 15

Lists of parishioners of the Anglican Church in St Petersburg, with statistical data; birth records in Church of England on Kronstadt. Period 1825-1914, 124 pages

Inventory 1 File 16

Journal of registrations of baptism, marriage and death of British citizens living in Kronstadt (1762-1801)

Inventory 1 File 17

List of men who died from cholera in Kronstadt 20 June – 24 July 1831, with an indication of the date of entry into hospital, the names of ships and names of captains.

An extract from the log of the marriage of James Cuming (James Cumming) with the widow Anna Shatlvoz (Ann Shattleworth) Jan 10. 1819 in Moscow.

Inventory 1 File 18

Journal of weddings of British citizens in Kronstadt (1858-1898), as well as list of members of submarine «Dosina»  In Revel (1916-1917).

Inventory 1 File 19

Journal of baptism of British citizens living in Kronstadt, as well as in the cities of Narva, St. Petersburg , Alexandrovsk, Nizhny Novgorod.  Period 1856-1897

Extracts of birth certificates Matthieu Marie-Isabella  and Reynolds Herbert .

Inventory 1 File 20

Anglican church in Kronstadt.

Journal of death records of British citizens living in the cities of Kronstadt and St. Petersburg .  Period June 1856- November 1907

Inventory 1 File 21

Alphabetical index to Journals of baptism, marriage and death of British citizens living in Kronstadt. Period 1762-1907 (59 pages).

Inventory 1 File 22

Journal of registrations of baptism, marriage and death of British nationals living in Arkhangelsk. Period 1818-1917

Inventory 1 File 23

Journal of registrations of services held in the Anglican Church, baptisms, marriages and deaths of British citizens living in Shlisselburg. Period 1868-1918, 105 pages

 

2 thoughts on “Englishmen in Imperial Russia – metrical records

  1. Kathy Peters Reply

    Thank you very much for posting this information. The records in RGIA might have some very important information about my ancestors but I cannot get to them in person. Do you know how I could arrange for someone to do a search on two different surnames for me in these records? My great-great-great grandfather was a mechanical engineer and he & his family came to Kronstadt from Scotland about 1845 and they stayed until the 1880’s, with one son remaining in Riga until he died in 1893. My 3-greats grandparents may have died in Kronstadt/St. Petersburg, I don’t know what happened to them. One of their sons left Kronstadt in 1882 and came to Canada – my great-great grandfather. I have lots of names and dates before 1845 and a little bit of information from the Kronstadt church records in ancestry and familysearch but the RGIA records might fill in a lot more detail.

    • Tana Post authorReply

      Kathy there are more sources than RGIA. I have sent you an email.

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