Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta
Children Vaccinated Against Smallpox, Chortitza Colony in South Russia, 1809
Extracted by Tim Janzen
This site makes available various versions of lists of children vaccinated against smallpox in the Chortitza Colony in 1809. The vaccination lists contain the names of children who were vaccinated, as well as their ages, their fathers' names, and the village that they were from. The original document was written in German and may be found on frames 52 to 83 of File #195 of the microfilm of selected files from Odessa Archives, Fund 6, Inventory 1. A version of the same information but written in Russian is found in the same file on frames 97 to 108. Most children immunized were 6 years old or younger although some were as old as 12. The lists show a total of 393 children from 205 families who were immunized.
While it appears that most of the younger children in the Chortitza Colony were immunized at this time and thus appear on these lists, researchers should note that no data is given for children from the village of Schoenwiese and very few children are listed from the village of Chortitza. Comparison of this data with the 1808 Chortitza Colony census data that we have for the villages of Rosenthal, Einlage, Burwalde, and Neuendorf previously published by Benjamin Unruh reveals that fathers and their children were in general listed in same order as they appear in the censuses. Some of the younger children listed in the 1808 census do not appear in the 1809 immunization records, suggesting that the immunization records are not a complete listing of all the young children in any of the villages. Even though this data is incomplete it still provides us with new information about some children born prior to 1809 not found in previously published censuses for the Chortitza Colony.
The data from these immunization lists is available for review as a table of the original data or as gedcom files which may be downloaded in which the ages of the children mentioned in the immunization lists have been converted into approximate years of birth. In the tables of the immunization data I have attempted to spell names exactly as they appeared in the original document.
If you have any questions about any of this data feel free to contact me.
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