Bulgaria, Civil Registers - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registers
Collection years: 1839-1912
Languages: Bulgarian
Title in the Language: България, гражданските регистри
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains images and some index entries of civil registers containing births, marriages, and deaths for the districts of Sofia and Pazardzhik from 1839-1912. Acquired from the Bulgaria Agency State Archives.

The Ottoman Empire controlled Bulgaria from the 14th century to 1878. The Russo-Turkish War (1877-1878) helped to liberate Bulgaria. The Russians put a minor German prince in power, but the country remained independent from then on. Because of its location, Bulgaria's language takes from Serbian, Russian, and other Eastern European languages. They use the Russian alphabet.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

Whenever possible FamilySearch makes images and indexes available for all users. However, rights to view these data are limited by contract and subject to change. Because of this there may be limitations on where and how images and indexes are available or who can see them. Please be aware some collections consist only of partial information indexed from the records and do not contain any images. For additional information about image restrictions see Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections.

For Help Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are written in Bulgarian. For help reading these records see Rootsweb Bulgarian Alphabet and MyLanguages.com, Bulgarian Dictionary.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

Birth records may include:

  • Date and time of birth
  • Name of newborn and parents
  • Occupation and religious preference of parents
  • Name of informant

Marriage records may include:

  • Date of marriage
  • Parents’ names
  • Name of witnesses
  • Residence of the bride and groom

Death records may include:

  • Date of death
  • Residence at the time of death
  • Age at death
  • Cause of death
  • Burial place

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

When searching:
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence, age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

To search this collection by name:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

To browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the "Област/District" category
⇒Select the "Място/Place" category
⇒Select the “Събитие/Том/Години/Record/Volume/Date Range" category which takes you to the images

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Bulgaria.

Tips to Keep in Mind[edit | edit source]

  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community.
  • Check for variant spellings of the names
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. In addition local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.