Source Information

Ancestry.com. Estonia, Census, Tax and House Lists, 1784-1944 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2017.
Original data: Lists of residents of towns and communes in Estonia 1784-1944, The National Archives of Estonia, Tartu, Estonia.

About Estonia, Census, Tax and House Lists, 1784-1944

This collection consists of various lists of residents of Estonian towns and rural municipalities from the period 1784-1940. These documents serve as population registers and contain personal and family information about inhabitants of each administrative unit, regardless of their social status or religion. The collection covers two historical eras: Estonia under the Russian Empire (the period until 1917, in which records were kept in German and Russian) and during the Estonian Republic (1918-1940, in which records were kept in Estonian language). The structure and format of the records vary between regions and over time. There are also gaps in certain periods and places, as some of the municipal archives have not been preserved.