MHSA Archival Description Record
Title and Physical Description
Molotschna Colony census file. — [Microfilmed ca. 2002 (originally created 1835)]. — 1 microfilm reel
Molotschna Colony was a tract of land opened up by the government of Russia in 1798 to settlement by Mennonites from Prussia. The territory is now known as Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine. The colony prospered, and through immigration and natural increase reached a population of 6000 by 1835. It was the largest Mennonite settlement in Russia, the other major one being Chortitza. The government of Russia conducted a census of the territory in 1835.
The census records were among documents of the Russian Mennonite colonies that came into the possession of Mennonite school teacher Peter Braun in 1914. They were discovered and confiscated by the Soviet government ca. 1929 and deposited in the Odessa State Archives. They were microfilmed ca. 2002 by the California Mennonite Historical Society. Tim Janzen made copies available to several Mennonite historical societies.
Scope & Content
The file consists of 1231 microfilm frames which are copies of approximately 756 pages of the census records. The census documents names, dates of birth, and places of residence of residents of Molotschna Colony.
Source of Supplied Title
Title based on contents of the file
Source of Acquisition
Gift by Tim Janzen, 2002
Original is held by Odessa State Archives in Ukraine
There are no restrictions on access
An index to the census is available at www.mennonitegenealogy.com/russia/1835cein.htm
A translation of the census is available in the Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta Library
Accruals are not expected
Language - Russian
Last updated October 2012 – Jim Bowman
Part of the Tim Janzen collection
1 - 1 Fond 6 (Molotschna Colony Archives) - File 357- 1835 Census