Sovetnoye Cemetery – Mikado District, Saskatchewan

The following is an overview of the Sovetnoye Doukhobor Cemetery located 6 miles north-east of Mikado, Saskatchewan. Rural Municipality of Sliding Hills No. 273. Land location: NE 35-30-2 West of Second. Latitude: 51°38.698. Longitude: 102°10.738. Compiled by Jonathan J. Kalmakoff with Fred S. Petroff and Fred J. Strelieff on April 30, 2005. Updated August 12, 2005.

View of the cemetery from the south facing north. It is marked by a bluff of trees.

Historical Background

Sovetnoye Cemetery was established in 1899 by the Doukhobors of Sovetnoye village near Mikado. After the abandonment of the village in 1920, the cemetery continued to be used by local Doukhobors until 1931. Thereafter, it ceased to be be in active operation. Over the years, it has become badly overgrown. The cemetery is privately owned. 


The cemetery is approximately a half acre in size. There is dense scrub and brush throughout. The cemetery contains approximately 75 interments in several rows facing east-west. The graves are unmarked and leveled. I have used death certificates and oral tradition to identify 27 of these. The remaining 48 or so unmarked graves are unidentified. Today, all that remains is a bluff of trees in the middle of a cultivated field. 

Driving Directions

To access the cemetery, travel north from the junction of Highway No. 5 and the Village of Mikado Exit for 2 miles (3.2 km).  Then turn east on the grid road and continue for 4 miles (6.4 km). Turn north on the grid road for one mile (1.6 km). The cemetery is approximately 100 yards (91.4 m) west of the road allowance. This cemetery is on private property and permission to access should be obtained by the owners.


Surname Name Birth Date Death Date Comments
Abetkoff Anna S. Daughter of Savely – No Marker
Abetkoff Avdotia K. 1887 Wife of Savely – No Marker
Abetkoff Peter S. Son of Savely – No Marker
Chernoff (child) Son of Wasyl – No Marker
Chernoff (child) Son of Wasyl – No Marker
Chernoff Anastasia 1880 Nee Zieben – Wife of Peter – No Marker
Chernoff Anna I. 1855 Nee Petroff – No Marker
Chernoff Avdotia G. 1880 1913 Wife of Wasyl – No Marker
Chernoff Grigory D. 1889 No Marker
Chernoff Jim F. May 22, 1914 1928 No Marker
Chernoff Savely M. 1842 Jul. 23, 1922 No Marker
Chernoff Tatiana 1886 Wife of Wasyl – No Marker
Chernoff Tatiana 1840 Wife of Savely – No Marker
Chernoff Vera P. Jan. 29, 1931 Feb. 11, 1931 Child of Peter & Mary – No Marker
Chernoff Wasyl 1855 No Marker
Dergousoff John T. Oct. 23, 1906 Nov. 7, 1922 No Marker
Dergousoff Pearl S. 1883 Jul. 21, 1929 No Marker
Fominoff Nikolai 1845 No Marker
Hrooshkin Anna 1825 No Marker
Hrooshkin Potap W. 1867 No Marker
Hrooshkin Wasyl 1825 No Marker
Hrooshkin William P. 1899 Son of Potap – No Marker
Osachoff Mary S. 1854 No Marker
Osachoff Michael 1855 No Marker
Petroff Joseph I. 1859 May 23, 1929 No Marker
Petroff Peter I. 1861 Jun. 23, 1926 No Marker
Planidin Nikolai 1880 1906 No Marker

In addition, the following families resided in Sovetnoye village and may have members buried in Sovetnoye Cemetery: Barisenkoff, Bondareff, Chernoff, Danshin, Demosky, Fominoff, Hrooshkin, Obetkoff, Osachoff, Planidin, Podovinnikoff, Popoff, Swetlisheff, Zaitseff.

View of the cemetery from the south-west facing north-east.


Various sources of data have been used in compiling this information including: death certificates and oral tradition. Special thanks to Robert Tomilin for assisting in locating the cemetery and to Annette Zeeben and Fanny Reibin for identifying additional interments. This is a work in progress. If readers have any comments, corrections or additions with respect to Sovetnoye Cemetery, please contact Jonathan J. Kalmakoff.