Did you get to the reunion in Germany in Sept ? I just found your posting, but here are some info sources (many on-line) that might be useful to you or others exploring Germans who went to Russia and later came to North America:
- http://www.lib.utexas.edu/Libs/PCL/Map_collection/http://www.lib.utexas.edu/Libs/PCL/Map_collection/ - University of Texas at Austin - extensive collection of MAPS OF THE WORLD showing all historical, ethnic, religious, political, military periods for MOST PARTS of the WORLD - excellent visual displays of CHANGES OF BOUNDARIES, BORDERS, and FRONTIERS resulting from wars and treaties, changing alliances, emigration and immigration of peoples (EXAMPLE: great visual explanation of constantly shifting borders, movements of people, and shifting ethnic patterns in EASTERN and CENTRAL EUROPE)
- http://www.people.adicom.ru/http://www.people.adicom.ru/ - All Russian Genealogical Data Base (mostly in Russian)
You can search a database and post a message at a big Russian site "All Russia Family Tree" at: - http://www.people.adicom.ru/english.htmhttp://www.people.adicom.ru/english.htm - and copy at - http://genealogy.h1.ru/english.htmhttp://genealogy.h1.ru/english.htm -
AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF GERMANS FROM RUSSIA
- http://www.ahsgr.org/http://www.ahsgr.org/ -
GERMANS FROM RUSSIA HERITAGE COLLECTION AT THE NDSU LIBRARY
- http://www.lib.ndsu.nodak.edu/gerrus/http://www.lib.ndsu.nodak.edu/gerrus/ -
GERMAN RUSSIA HERITAGE SOCIETY
- http://www.grhs.com/http://www.grhs.com/ -
ODESSA GERMAN-RUSSIAN GENEALOGY LIBRARY
- hhtp://pixel.cs.vt.edu/library/odessa.html ?
"The Emigration from Germany to Russia 1763-1862" by Dr. Karl Stumpp, shows a map of the location of villages like Galka on the Volga River in Russia. There is a map showing its location. You should be able to get it from your local library. The map is titled "Karte der Deutschen Mütterkolonien im Wolgagebiet" (Maps of the German Mother Colonies in the Volga District). The village of Galka is just south of the village of Schwab.
- http://pixel.cs.vt.edu/library/odessa.htmlhttp://pixel.cs.vt.edu/library/odessa.html - ODESSA GROUP ... a German-Russian Genealogical Library - Odessa provides a browsable and searchable repository of research documents that users may download and index in their own personal full text retrieval systems. Those who need a full text retrieval program will find a number from which to choose - read their copyright notice at the top of the opening page "All documents in this library are copyrighted; additional details are provided in the document headers. They may be freely used for personal, nonprofit purposes or linked by other WWW sites. They may also be shared with others for personal use, provided headers with copyright notices are included. However, no document may be republished in any form or embedded in public databases without permission of the copyright owner, since that represents theft of personal property".
An Index of German-Polish and Polish-German names of localities in Poland & Russia - http://www.atsnotes.com/other/gerpol.htmlhttp://www.atsnotes.com/other/gerpol.html -
Poland Border Surnames - http://www.maxpages.com/poland/http://www.maxpages.com/poland/ - ** excellent source of info on the following: Austrian Research | Balkan Research | Belarus Research | Book Stores Online | Carpatho Rusyn Research | Catholic Dioceses | Catholic Research | Cemeteries and Obits | Czech Republic Research | Dictionaries | Estonian Research | Family Reunions | German Research | Heraldry and Nobility | Hungarian Research | Jewish Research | Latvian Research | Learning to Research | Libraries | Lithuanian Research | Lutheran Research | Maps and Towns | Miscellaneous Information | Member Surnames | Moldovan Research | Moravian Research | Music | Name Meanings | One Name Studies | Orthodox Research | Passenger Lists | Polish Research | Professional Genealogists | Prussian Research | Russian Research | Search Engines | Slovak Research | Success Stories | Surname Search Online | Surname Mail Lists | Surname Websites | Telephone Directories | Ukrainian Research | Useful Addresses | Vital Records
- http://www.infoukes.com/lists/http://www.infoukes.com/lists/ - a really good mailing list. Just sign up for the genealogy list, and post your questions there. The people on the list know everything about Ukraine.
The former Austro-Hungarian Empire province of Halic (Galicia), now southern Poland and western Ukraine, was part of the area formerly known as Bohemia (now Prague area of Czech Republic) and Moravia (Slovakia & Bratisalva). The modern city of Lvov or Lviv was Lwów, Halic (now Galicia, South-Eastern Poland & Western Ukraine).
The Banat, Bessarabia, Bukovina, Dobruja, The Maramures, Moldavia, Transylvania and Wallachia are now all within the modern nations of Hungary, Romania, Moldova, and southwestern Ukraine.
Volhynia Gubernia was the former name for northwestern Ukraine.
German-speaking regions include not only Germany itself, but also Austria, parts of Switzerland, Alsace, Lorraine, Bohemia and Moravia. The areas formerly known as Bohemia and Moravia now are in the Czech Republic, plus neighboring parts of Austria (especially Vienna), but not Halic (Galicia) which is now part of southern Poland and western Ukraine.
AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF GERMANS FROM RUSSIA - E~mail at - email@example.com - WEBSITE: - http://www.ahsgr.orghttp://www.ahsgr.org - Address: 631 D Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68502-1199. Tel: 402-474-3363; FAX: 402-474-7229. Betty Ashley, Brent Mai and Dr. Pleve can tell you whom to contact.
- http://www.bessarabia.com/http://www.bessarabia.com/ - dedicated to supporting the descendants of Germans from Russia in their efforts to learn more about their heritage and ancestors who came from the Black Sea -
Bessarabia area of South Russia.
Compiler: Dale Lee Wahl
7370 Grevena Ave NE
Bremerton WA 98311-4046
E-mail: - firstname.lastname@example.org -
- http://pixel.cs.vt.edu/http://pixel.cs.vt.edu/ - German-Russian Genealogy - This is a prototype for a digital genealogical library of diverse documents related to the German colonies in Russia that arose in the early 1800's after the reign of Catherine the Great.
RAGAS (Russian-American Genealogical Archive Service) - http://feefhs.org/ragas/frgragas.htmlhttp://feefhs.org/ragas/frgragas.html - or also -
The Genealogy Helplist Russia - http://perso.club-internet.fr/montardi/berdnikov/Genealogy-Helplist-Russia/Resources.htmlhttp://perso.club-internet.fr/montardi/berdnikov/Genealogy-Helplist-Russia/Resources.html - See its list of useful resources and help make it better.
- http://www.sggee.orghttp://www.sggee.org - Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe - "A Poland and Volhynia Genealogy Group" - web page is devoted to the study of those people with German ancestry (generally of the Lutheran, Baptist, or Catholic faiths) who lived in present-day Poland (including those lands known previously as West and East Prussia, Posen, Silesia, and Pomerania), and also those people who lived in the western part of present-day Ukraine, in the old pre-World War II province of Volhynia (generally from the city of Kiev on the east to Lvov and Kovel on the Polish border on the west, to Odessa on the Black Sea in the south).
Rick S. Thomas - email@example.com - April 16, 1999: In Reply to: Younker/Junker 1850, Peterstal, Russia-Ukraine posted by Dean Junker on April 11, 1999:
There are records in Germany that can tell you when your ancestors migrated from Germany to the Ukraine. Many came from southern areas like Baden-Württemberg where in the 1700's land was divided equally among all children. Within 2 or 3 generations people were so land poor they began looking elsewhere to settle. Also in 1732-4, there was a massive drought/crop failure causing thousands to seek resettlement in German settlements in the Ukraine, Russia, and Romania. There is good documentation of exit visas in Baden-Württemberg and you should be able to find your relatives to 1700 with a little bit of effort. You may want to check in the 6 book set of exits from Baden-Württemberg, I think by Burgert.
jan vandervliet (Belgium) wrote December 31, 1998: To all those researching family in Russia, I had good but expensive help from an organisation in St. Petersburg called "Blitz" - if you want more info on "Blitz", E-mail me at - firstname.lastname@example.org -
- http://www.jewishgen.org/ShtetlSeeker/loctown.htmhttp://www.jewishgen.org/ShtetlSeeker/loctown.htm - The JewishGen Shtet1 Seeker - the towns in Central & Eastern Europe. Displays latitude and longitude for each location and the distance to the country's capital city.
It was very common for Russian Jews to change their names to escape serving in the Russian Army. First get the ships manifest that shows their American name and where they came from. Once you have the place they left in Russia, you can begin posting inquiries about them there. There is a lot of information floating around. The more posting you do, the more responses you get.