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Russian Language Record Types

While word lists, glossaries, and similar tools can be extremely helpful when you are trying to read a document, knowing the format of the documents is just as essential. Understanding the format and flow of a document can help you to know where to find key genealogical information, as well as interpret key words that may be otherwise difficult to read. These pages focus on teaching you the format and key words in various types of records.

To view these format descriptions, as well as translations of headings and specific words or phrases you may encounter in a certain document type, select the desired record type from the menu below:

Metrical Books

Confession Lists

Revision Lists

1897 Census

For a more general word list, see the FamilySearch Research Wiki's Russian Genealogical Word List.


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