I just found this site a couple of nights ago, or I would have responded sooner.
Yes, I am familiar with your family.Your father, Hugo Russel, was my second-cousin, and your grandfather, Hugo H., was a first cousin to my father, Melvin W.Your grandfather's parents were Abraham A. Hiebert (1868-1951) and Justina Harms (1876-1946). Abraham A.'s father (your great-great- grandfather) was Abraham Hiebert (1839-1895), who wrote the diary which you have. Abraham's parents were Johann Hiebert (1816-1890) and Eva Knelsen/Kornelsen (1820-1875), about whom you may have noticed other postings.The wife of Abraham Hiebert (1839-1895) was Helena Pankratz (1841-1905), the daughter of Jakob Panratz (1796-1869) and Sara Buller/Bullerin (1803-?).
I have quite a bit more information to pass on to you, but don't know how much room there is on this site.I have been trying to back-trace on the ancestors of Johann Hiebert (1816-1890), and believe I have made some progress.I will be posting my findings in response to some of the other postings.