Free database reveals information on Russian Imperial Army officers

Finding information on men who served in the Russian Imperial Army can be more than challenging. So many details are needed to search in Russian military archives.

A database has changed that search into an easy process. Information on more than 44,000 men who served in the Russian Imperial Army, also known as the czar’s army, Cossacks or White Army, during 1900-1917 can be found here.

Not only is the information on the men’s service available, more than 22,000 photos of these men are posted on the website. That is in addition to more than 58,000 scanned military documents.

I know a lot of people are going to run or be intimidated when I mention the website is only in Russian. This information will not be found on any subscription genealogy website but it is possible to be seen in English with Google Translate.

Here’s the website translated into English. It is well-worth checking out.

Here’s a sample of information found on a Russian Imperial officer:

For those who aren’t familiar with Russian, here’s how to use the website with ease.

  1. Translate names into Russian with Google Translate or Transliterating English to Russian in One Step.
  2. Copy and paste the text into the top center search box below Поиск here.
  3. Once the results appear, copy and paste them into Google Translate.
  4. Then you’ll see which links and images could be matches for your relatives.
  5. Remember to copy and paste the links where information is found and complete information in Russian and English into text or Word documents.

The website also can be viewed through Google Translate but the search abilities don’t work with Google Translate. Click on this link to view the website in English.

The next step after finding information is using the important Russian keywords on Google or other search engines. The free information doesn’t stop here.

The effort that is taken to research your ancestors is up to you and the results could be well beyond your imagination with the right type of effort.

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8 thoughts on “Free database reveals information on Russian Imperial Army officers

  1. Sandy Bass-Cors

    I am unable to locate the military records of my paternal grandfather’s grandfather. It was on his mother’s side, Rucha Ostrove or Ruchya Ostrovovich. Her father was a Jewish army Captain who was taken as a boy and he decided to stay in the army until his retirement. They were from Belya Tserkov, which was then considered Russia and later listed as Ukraine. The only name I have for the Captain is the surname Ostrove or Ostrovovich. Ruchya married Naphtoli (Nathan) Bass or Bas). Is there a special site for Jewish soldiers? Where else can I find information? Many thanks, Sandy Bass-Cors


      1. Sandy Bass-Cors

        I am only I guessingi am onli guessing that it would have been around 1840 to 1850s. My grandfather Jacob (jack) Bass was born around 1900 or 1901 in belya tserkov to naphtoli bass who was poisoned by a town robal who was caught and hanged one year later. Jack’s mother. Rucha Ostrove died from pneumonia trying to get help when naphtoli first fell ill. The Ostrove family made leather gloves for the czar’s army and did well. I am sure because their father stayed in the army. Based on my grandfather’s birth I think his father naphtoli would have been born around 1870s. So that is why I think my third great grandfather would have served in the 1840s or so. Sandy


      2. I haven’t tried to find databases that old yet but I will keep you in mind when I do so. Maybe you can get help on the Facebook genealogy groups. I wish I could be more helpful.


  2. Sandy Bass-Cors

    Thank you! I do keep in touch with groups. The fact that it is so long ago makes it difficult. I appreciate your help


  3. George Bouriachek - Jereleythe 1930s

    Where are the URLs for the White Army records, please. My grandfather Vasilii Bouriachek served in the Far East, including Port Arthur and Mukden. His home was based in Nikolsk-Ussuriisk. His wife Luisa may have been sent to a gulag in the 1930s.
    Would appreciate advice on how to locate information about them.
    Many thanks.


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