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.
- Translate names into Russian with Google Translate or Transliterating English to Russian in One Step.
- Copy and paste the text into the top center search box below Поиск here.
- Once the results appear, copy and paste them into Google Translate.
- Then you’ll see which links and images could be matches for your relatives.
- 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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