Russian Empire, revision lists, census, social history, genealogy, family history, demographics, archives, microfilming, digitization, online databases


One of the most important resources for social and family historians researching in the former Russian Empire are the revision lists, a series of ten enumerations of the population conducted between 1719 and 1858. Listing the members of each household among taxable classes of people across the Russian Empire, the revisions lists are useful for studying historical population demographics and reconstructing family relationships. An awareness of these records and where to access them can be useful for Slavic librarians to facilitate the research of Russian historians and genealogists. This article provides an overview of the history and content of the revision lists with a survey of available collections online and offline.

Original Publication Citation

Joseph B. Everett (2018) The Imperial Russian Revision Lists of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, Slavic & East European Information Resources, 19:1-2, 49-67, DOI: 10.1080/15228886.2018.1467696

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date



Slavic & East European Information Resources




Harold B. Lee Library

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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Genealogy Commons