Only four censuses have been found for the village
of Yagodnaya Polyana. These are November 1798, October 1834, August
1850, and December 1857/ January 1858. Additionally, the original
immigration list of 1767 for Yagoda has been published in numerous
locations such as Richard Scheuerman's Pilgrims on the Earth.
Censuses were take in 1769, 1775, 1788, and 1816 but have not been
located for Yagodnaya Polyana.
Information included in the census was:
Household number, name, age, age at previous census, relationship
to head of household. Men and the women were placed in seperate columns
on the census records.Often many generations lived in one household
so that makes the relationships easier follow. In addition if a male
moved to a different household between censuses, it often indicated
the household number that he came from. Women on the other hand, usually
went to live at the home of their husband. Some censuses did not include
their maiden name. Even if their maiden name was included, it was
sometimes impossible to determine who her parents were.
How to obtain census record extracts:
Fortunately, over the past few years census record extracts from Russia
have become easier to obtain. The complete translated 1798 census
of Yagodnaya Polyana can be purchased from American
Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR). AHSGR also
has a microfilm copy of the 1834 census of Yagoda which can be extracted
and translated for a surname. Unfortunately the microfilm is out of
focus and very difficult to work with so some information could be
lost. A very simple way to obtain extracted and translated census
records is to contact the Russian genealogist, Dr. Igor Pleve. Igor
of course, is fluent in Russian, German and English. He can be reached
by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
He is very reliable and accurate but also very slow. Keep in mind,
the facilites (no copy machines, leaky roofs, sometimes no heat) and
records (faded, worn, not indexed) are very poor but he does the best
he can with what he has. Please be very polite, and patient if you
contact him. The cost per surname per census usually runs about $40
but can increase if there are may names.
All of the Russian census information of Weitzes in Yagoda has been
included in the information provided in the lineage section, descendants
of Johannes Weitz.
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