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Ukraine, Sumy Civil Registers, 1918-1922
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Sumy, Ukraine
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registers
Collection years: 1918-1922
Languages: Russian
Title in the Language: Украина, Акты гражданского состояния 1918-1922
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[1]State Archive Service of Ukraine

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection, which contains records for the years 1918-1922, consists of images of civil registers containing births, marriages, and deaths for the city of Sumy, acquired from the archive in Sumy. The text of the records is in Russian. Civil registers, also called vital records, had just been established in Ukrainian cities at this time, and gaps in registration continued until 1926.

While searching through this collection, it may be helpful to note that some of the letters used in these records were eliminated in the 1918 Russian spelling reform ( Iі, Ѳѳ, Ѣѣ, Ѵѵ).

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

For help reading these Ukraine records see the following guides:

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Ukraine, Sumy Civil Registers.

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

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Date and place of birth
  • Gender of a child
  • First and last name of a child and of his parents
  • Parent’s occupation
  • Parents residence address
  • Special notes (for example army obligation, position in society etc.)


  • First, last and patronymic name (see the “Tips to keep in mind” section for description of a patronymic) of the groom and the bride
  • Groom’s and bride’s occupations
  • Place of residence and address of the groom and the bride
  • Bride’s and groom’s date of birth
  • Bride’s and groom’s marital status (single, widow/widower, divorced)
  • The couple’s last name
  • Special notes (obligations, positions, titles, death circumstances of the ex-husband/wife etc.)


  • Date when the record was made
  • Gender and full name of deceased (first, last and patronymic name)
  • Age (date of birth)
  • Date and place of death (county, city, village)
  • Permanent residence address (exact indication)
  • Deceased’s occupation
  • Marital status and reason of death
  • First and last name of the doctor, that issued death certificate and his exact address
  • Individual which reported of death and his address
  • Special notes

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

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person
  • Approximate date of the event

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

This collection does not have a searchable index. Only images are available. See View the Images to access them.

View the Images[edit | edit source]

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  2. Select Region/City
  3. Select Village/Town
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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

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

Tips to Keep in Mind[edit | edit source]

  • A patronymic name is a middle name based on the given name of one's father. Patronymics are in use in many countries, including Ukraine and Russia
  • The Poltava and Harkiv regions were part of the Sumy region before 1923, so as you browse through the images you will be choosing to search from those two, main locations
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • 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
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit
  • You may need to search for both the Russian and Ukrainian spelling of your ancestor's name
  • Be aware that there could be errors in writings and names spelling, so check for variant spellings of the names

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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