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Russian Census Returns
Tara Bangsberg

Russian census lists began quite early and most are excellent. They began with medieval pistsovye knigi (the household census) or general census beginning in 1646 and continuing to 1719 at which time the reviziia began. The reviziia are followed by imperial and Soviet General Censuses.

Pistsovye Knigi
The pistsovye knigi were economic documents made by pisty (revenue agents) and pod'iachie (revenue clerks) from the 1400's to the 1600's. Some were similar to later census. They were assessments of possession for tax purposes. They listed cities, towns, villages, fortifications, shops, farmers' crops and hayfields, forests, households and populations. Click to Continue Article


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Family History Centers

What is a Family History Center?
Family History Centers are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
Centers provide access to many of the microfilms and microfiche in the Family History Library to help you identify your ancestors.

Location and Hours
There are more than 3,400 centers worldwide. To find a Family History Center near you, see the list of addresses below.
Before you visit, you should contact the center to verify when it is open.

Staff members will show you around the center, answer some research questions (research expertise in each center varies), help you use center resources, and order microfilms and microfiche from the Family History Library.
Many centers offer classes on different genealogical research topics.

Most centers have a computer with FamilySearch, which helps you search for information about your ancestors. FamilySearch includes Family History Library Catalog, International Genealogical Index, Ancestral File, Social Security Death Index, Scottish Church Records and the United States Military Index
Most also have Personal Ancestral File, a computer program that allows you to organize your family history information.
Most centers also have a variety of resource files, microfilms, microfiche and published material such as genealogies, histories, gazetteers, atlases and maps at your disposal.

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