Sunday, September 8, 2019

Russian WWI Records

Our ancestors and other relatives fought for the countries in which they lived.  As some of those military records come online and are more accessible, we can sometimes learn more about our family members who served.  Some of my family members fought for the Russian Empire in prior wars--and I didn't realize that until I found some of their military records online.
Meir Zubkis WWI Record,
Russian State Military Historical Archive, Fund No. 16196, Particular record keeping on the collection and registration of information about those who left after death or behind wounds, as well as missing military ranks, acting against enemy armies (1914 - 1918); Inventory №1, Nominal li

My third cousin three times removed, Meir Zubkis, served in the Russian Army during WWI.

We are given his name and patronymic (his father was Srul) and the fact that he was Jewish.  He was a private in the 173rd Kamenetz Infantry Regiment.  He was born in Podolsky Province, Gaisinsky County, in the town of Myrgorod.

He was retired from the military because he was "wounded / contused."
Meir Zubkis WWI Record, Closeup
Particularly if you have an uncommon surname in your family (yay, Zubkis!), it's worth searching to see if perhaps a relative served.  I found this particular record on this site.  Vera Miller mentions another site to search here (Vera's blog has some great Russian/Ukrainian resources in general).

Happy searching!

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