Bulgaria, Civil Registers - FamilySearch Historical Records
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Tips to Keep in Mind
- 7 Citing This Collection
- 8 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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.
For Help Reading These Records[edit | edit source]
These records are written in Bulgarian. For help reading these records see the following:
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 the Collection?[edit | edit source]
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
"Bulgaria, Civil Registers 1839-1912." Database with Images.FamilySearch.http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Държавна агенция Архиви [Bulgarian Archives State Agency].}}
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]
|We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Historical Records/Guidelines for Articles.|