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