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Listed below are the known resources that will assist you in researching your Norka families. The list is presented in chronological order along with a brief description of the type of record and a link to where the information can be obtained.
1766 and earlier. Read about the Founders of Norka. Many of the first settlers in Russia have been found in German parish records. Research on their documented place of origin in Germany or other parts of Western Europe is presented if this information is known.
1766 Many couples were married prior to departure from Germany to Russia. The lists have been translated and published in the books "German Migration to the Russian Volga (1764-1767): Origins and Destinations" by Brent Mai and Dona Reeves-Marquardt and "Büdingen Als Sammelplatz Der Auswanderung an Die Wolga 1766" by Klaus-Peter Decker.
The original Büdingen marriages records can be viewed on Family History Library Microfilm #1197023.
The original Lübeck marriage records can be viewed on Family History Library Microfilms #326271, #326156, #326254, #326121, #326169.
1767 Census of Norka. The first census of Norka and all the Volga German colonies was taken in late 1767 and early 1768. A translation of these census lists can be found in Igor Pleve's four volume set titled "Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767" (Immigration to the Volga Region 1764-1767). Norka is included in Band 3 (Volume 3). This book is no longer in print or available from AHSGR.
1811 Census of Norka. English translation available for purchase from AHSGR.
1834-1883 Norka Birth Records. Not translated. Contact Roger Burbank.
1849-1868 Norka Marriages Records. Not translated. Contact Roger Burbank.
1846-1860 Norka Church Register. Not translated. English index of family heads. Contact Roger Burbank for look-ups.
1864-1865 Norka Birth Records. Not translated. Contact Roger Burbank.
1876-1890 Norka Church Register. English index of family heads. Contact Roger Burbank for look-ups.
1891-1905 Norka Church Register. Partial English translation available from Brent Mai. Households numbered 211 through 278 and 648 through 1033 are missing from this translation. Subsequent to the publication of this translation, the missing households were found at the archive and digital images were acquired. The missing households have been indexed but not fully translated. Contact Roger Burbank for look-ups of missing families.
1894-1902 Norka Birth Records. Not translated. Contact Roger Burbank.
1899 List of Volga German colonists who received passports for travel to America in 1899. Prepared by Igor Pleve and posted on the Wolgadeutsche.net website (Russian language. Use Google or Safari browser to translate).
1903-1910 Norka Birth Records. Not translated. Contact Roger Burbank.
1941 Norka deportation lists. These lists contain the names of families that were deported to Siberia and Central Asia in 1941 by order of the Soviet government. All ethnic Germans were subject to this order. The Saratov Regional Department of Interior Affairs Information holds these records. Immediate family members may request deportation records directly from the archive.
1941 German EWZ records
1766-1900s Descendants charts have been prepared by Igor Pleve for many Norka families. These charts begin with the heads of household who arrived in Russia in 1766 and follow their descendants to the late 1800s or early 1900s. AHSGR holds a large collection of charts and sells copies if authorized by the donor. The Family History Library holds a large collection of these charts that can be viewed in Salt Lake City.
Contact us if you have information about other records for Norka.
Last updated July 10, 2021.