I haven't much German myself, although I can make my way through these with difficulty--and the aid of Google Translate.
I'm beginning to think I should learn Ukrainian, as the archives I've found to date haven't shed any light on the matter.They seem to treat the subject in a rather vague, general way that doesn't give me much of a flavor for how life was really lived back then, or why a Hannoverian family would find itself in Volhynia.
The vast majority of the papers I've found are very high-level, general works, with only references to all these Germans swarming in from Poland and Silesia, which doesn't seem to apply to my family.
So far, apart from the marriage and birth certificates themselves, the most specific things I've found are references to the names of landowners of nearby places--Wortzel and Laessig.
This surprised me a bit, since all of those general papers refer only to Polish or Polanized Ruthenian magnates and the larger cities. But those Wortzel and Laessigs were Austrians.My previous understanding was that Austrian settlement was limited to Galicia, which was far to the west of these estates.
I wish there were some decent Ukrainian histories available.The stuff I've found in German or English is all so vague.