Village Coordinator Reports 2002

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VC Newsletter Editor Carolyn Gorr


AEHRENFELD / ÄHRENFELD, Saratov, Volga

Aehrenfeld Web Site ~ with the village of Kratzke

Brent Mai

Greetings from Nashville!

This has been a very active year for researchers who trace their roots to the Volga colonies of Kratzke and Ährenfeld. Ährenfeld is the daughter colony of Kratzke and Kautz. I have received hundreds of requests from relatives in the United States, Germany, Russia, and South America. It is fascinating to realize how numerous and geographically wide spread are the descendants of 129 original settlers (plus a few additional families that moved in over the years)!

For me, the most interesting questions are coming from Germany and Russia. It is amazing that these "survivors" of the various events in their families’ histories actually have as much data as they do about their ancestors! We have been able to connect a few of them into the known family lines here in North America, but since Kratzke was one of the early colonies to begin leaving for the U.S. and Canada (1876), it is often difficult to make definitive connections at this point.

Several new "charts" have been received during the last year. All of those this year came in email format, so they’re not technically "charts," but they include the same type of data.

To-date the following families are available:

Kratzke Charts

Bender Fabrizius Knaus Schäfer
Berschauer Gideon Krug Schneider
Blehm Gross Mai Schröder
Boxberger Jäger Maier/Meier Schwein
Deines Kindsvater Michaelis Templing
Dietz Koleber Müller

Ährenfeld Charts

Bender Fabrizius Michaelis Schneider
Blehm Knaus Rein Specht
Boxberger Mai Schäfer

In related families, I also have Mai and Schneider from Eckheim.

In return for a copy of each chart, we request a minimum $35 contribution to the Kratzke Research Fund from which additional information from Russia is purchased.

Please let me know if there are any questions regarding these or other families from Kratzke and/or Ährenfeld.

ALEXANDERTAL (Neu-Schilling), Saratov, Volga

Richard A. Kraus

In 2002 an exciting new section was added to our website showing texts of letters from Alexandertal. People from other villages will be interested in these. And almost every month we find another Alexandertal descendant and another ship bearing Alexandertalers to the US. Those are kept updated on the web-site.

ALT DANZIG, Kirovograd and NEU DANZIG, Nikolayev

Curt Renz

While there are still four months remaining in 2002 and the hope to uncover more, I have been actively going through many rolls of microfilmed newspapers in the State Historical Library of North Dakota searching for obituaries for anyone born in any of the four ancestral villages that I am the VC for. Along with ordering these microfilm through inter-library loan, I’ve also made three trips to Bismarck to spend about nine days researching in the library itself. One advantage is that the Library has all of its newspapers posted on-line with their assigned file numbers. To date, I’ve been able to glean about 130 additional obituaries for the collection. In addition, with the very generous and skillful assistance by translators, the letter collections continues to grow. These are letters written from Russia to either individuals in America or to an American German newspaper and published by that newspaper.

ANTON, Saratov, Volga

Betty Muradian

Not much took place this year. Still waiting for the finalized map report from Antoners living in Germany. When that is received, there will be a map drawn up for Anton of the year 1941.  Please let your Anton Village Coordinator know if you have any old information to share with us. We are also looking for new stories and pictures of Anton to increase our knowledge of the village and its inhabitants. Lists of early Antoners are being compared with the last list known in 1941. There seems to be many changes of residences ton different villages over the years.

We are trying to find any information on a pond that existed near Anton, as there are several pictures of someone rowing on that pond.

Also, send inquiries on any information you would want on Anton and its daughter villages. There are still some inquiries yet to be answered.

BALZER, Saratov, Volga

Wayne Bonner, VC

Dr. Darrell Weber W218, Data Entry

Virtually no new abstracts of church records or census returns for Balzer or Moor were received during the past year from Russia. A number of requests were sent, but no reply.

A few new surname charts were received for Moor and Balzer. This information was kindly donated to the group by the purchasers.

The Balzer Group Newsletter is still being issued, but it is getting more difficult to put together due to a lack of information. The newsletter may be put on temporary hold next year so that informative information and interesting stories can be gathered. Some old articles printed in German journals in the 1930’s have been found. These seem to contain interesting genealogical information about our German ancestors. Unfortunately, it is difficult to find a translator.

The Balzer web page is up and running and several people have contacted us because of the web site. Snail mail letters have been received. Unfortunately, of the forty or so received in the past year, only one or two had a return envelope enclosed. Nevertheless, these letters will also be answered.

We hope 2003 will be more productive.

BANGERT, Samara, Volga

Paul Koehler

There has been three inquiries about families from Bangert this year. I have answered them the best I could from the database I have, which is just over a year old. I have 5,389 individuals and keep adding as I receive the information. A Heinz chart is on it’s way from Canada.

Fred Bork, who was born in Bangert, contacted me and had a pair of camel hair boots that were in perfect condition. He wanted to donate the boots to the headquarters museum in Lincoln, Nebraska. He had lived within three blocks of headquarters for a part of his younger days. The donation was accomplished and the boots are on display in the museum. Fred is 101 ½ years of age, still drives his car and visits friends in retirement homes in the St. Joseph, Michigan area.

We have no newsletter at this time but possibly in the future if there is a need for one.

BERGDORF, Glueckstal, Odessa, Kherson

See Glueckstal Colonies Research Association

BIRZULA, (Kotovsk), Odessa, Kherson

Jan Stangl

I have had no requests this past year about any of my tiny villages.

I do not have a newsletter.

I do continue to add information that I find in EWZ records pertaining to my villages. Maury Gauer is a great help in entering materials that pertains to Nesselrode/Birsula area.

BORODINO, Bessarabia

Borodino Web Sites:  Borodino Genealogy & Borodino History

Judy A. Remmick-Hubert

The web site has been updated and many more names of ancestors and descendants of the original Borodino colonists have been added. People have been generous and have sent me their photographs that give the web site a new look. The census has been published and can be purchased through our bookstore. Several printed copies of my web site are drifting around the various organizations.

The web grew so large that I’ve split the site into two parts and they can be found at the links above.

My future plans are simple, I hope to continue to add more and more family names and link cousins with other cousins.

This long journey has been a pleasure because of all the generous people who have helped make my web site what it is today. There isn’t enough space here to thank each and every one of you; however, I do thank all of you.

BRUNNENTAL (Kriwojar), Samara, Volga

Sherrie (Gettman) Stahl

VC, Newsletter Editor & Brunnental Data Bank

This year has been increasingly busy for me as a Village Coordinator. I get queries every week, and have continued to add to the Brunnental Data Bank and link up families, always learning new information along the way. I now have over 28,850 names on file, with extensive source information, including, obituaries, census information, ship lists, cemetery information, personal histories, etc.

The surnames which we’ve worked on this year include: Dietz, Steinmetz, Aschenbrenner, Nagel, Stroh, Becker, Hergert, Schaefer, Weber, Groth, Voelker (Felker), Block, Gutwig, Helser, Baum, Woitt/Woith, Dahmer, Linker, Schlotthauer, & Weitzel. We’ve made lots of new contacts, and joined several unlinked families.

This year I decided to subscribe to "ancestry.com" and I was able to find a lot of census information on many of the families from Brunnental for the census years 1900, 1910, 1920 and now 1930. I want to especially thank Gene Jenkins who has posted so many Census Indexes, which gave me great "clues" on where to look -- http://webbitt.com/volga/usa-census.html --

Those have helped me so much in putting together families and tracking them as they moved across America.

I’ve also enjoyed using the "Ellis Island" site to find those coming into NY from Brunnental. I have found many new families this way.

I still have old village Newsletters available for sale, which you can check out on my website. Plus I have posted other important information about the village.

DINKEL, Saratov, Volga

Leroy Nikolaisen

Very little action for this year for the Dinkel report. I have answered 4 letters requesting info about relatives that lived in Dinkel. Village night at the convention night was a no show as far as people seeking info about the village and its people.

DOBRINKA, Saratov, Volga

Gary Martens M405

Dobrinka 2002 report submitted by Arliss (G/C/Klauser) Hoskins:

Dobrinka was settled 29 June 1764 and had one Reformed (CLAUSER of Switzerland 1665-85 originally), several Lutheran and five Catholic families which presents a challenge to researchers. Thanks to AHSGR members funding and the Russian research and the church records of Dobrinka, which have maiden names, one can now find those original roots and the German village. The population of this Lutheran colony was 323 in 1769, 353 in 1773, 552 in 1798, 5400 in 1912, and 3209 in 1926. The Volga Settlers 1764-7, by Professor Pleve, states five Katholics were in Dobrinka, and they were:

*Ridelmann, Johann, 32, Kath, arrived 29.6.1764
*Seiffert, Christian, 37, Kath arrived 29.6.1764
Glas (Glaser?), Johannes, 40, Kath, arrived 15.4.1765
Nemeti, Stephan, 35, Kath, arrived 29.4.1765
*Utz, Johann Jacob, 22, Luth, arrived 15.4.1765
*Utz, Joseph, 60, Kath, arrived 15.4.1765

(*1798 Volga Census has REIDEL, SIEFERT and UTT.)

The book, Immigration to the Volga Region, 1764-1767 by Dr. Igor Pleve and edited by Dr. Alfred Eisfeld contains information for the following names. This book is available from AHSGR.

DOBRINKA 1764-67

Albrecht, Asplew?, Baer, Bast, Baumgaertner, Bischof, Breiner, Breuer, Buege, Cabobel, Chrispens, CLAUSER, Dietz, Dozert?, Eichmann?, Erich 2 of Sweden, Emerdorfer?, Erbes, Erlich, Faust, Filius?, Flad?, Flom?*, Flomart?, Foos, Fuertig, Geier, Geist, Gerlach, Glas (Glaser?), Goetz, Graf, Graetz, Hafele, Hahn, Heidelbach, Heidemann, Heinze, Horlensin, Horst, Hueber-2, Just, Kahl, Kaltenschnee, Keller, Klaus, Knedler?, Krassel, Kraut, Langhofer, Meer? Meier-2, Michaelis, Mihl, Moninger?, Morhart?, Mueller, Nemeti, Opfer, Philippsen, Relke, Rau-3, Rauch, Reidelmann, Reiser?, Ruehl (Rihl?), Rupp, Satzfried?, Sauer, Schemberg (Schieberg?), Schimpf, Schenk, Schoen, Schmunk, Schnieder, Schueber, Schulz, Schwend?, Seiffert, Schindler, Schintwelt?, Simon, Strep?-2, Utz-2, Vogel-2, Weber, Weimar, Wenz-2, Wenzel, Ziegler, Zimmerberg

(Caps are Arliss Hoskins family members.) *Flom may be Pflaumer. Numbers indicate number of families. Two families NOT listed in the Pleve book above but we think immigrated to Dobrinka are Bentz and Wolf.

Surnames in the 1798 Dobrinka census. The census, translated into English, is available from AHSGR.

Alb, Albreacht, Arndt, Aschbief?, Barman, Baumgartner, Becker, Besser?, Bieg/Bich?, Bischoff, Bosler, Brauer, Breier, Dachert, Dahlinger, Deisner, Dieterle?, Ehrlich, Eich, Eip/Eib?, Eirich, Eisengut?, Ephraim, Ernst,Eulenburg?, Faust, Flath, Flaumer, Foss, Frank, G(K)razer/Grasser, Geiner/Keiner?, Geist, Gerla(o)ch, Glas(s)?, Goleisen?, Gotz, Graf(f), Gretz/Kretz, Frun, Gunther, Heffel(e), Heidelbach, Hein(t)z/Gaentz?, Herdt, Horst, Huber, Hubert, Ibenblad?, Imenderfer?, Jutz, Kaal/Kahl?, Kaltensche(uh), Keil, Keiler, Kepler, Klauser, Klein, Knedler, Kobobel, Krispins, Langhof(fer)?, Lieb, Lotz?, Mai, Maksam?, Marquardt?, Meier, Metzler, Moninger, Muller, Nagel, Neigel, Neiwert?, Nuss, Offenhaus, Old, Opfer, Printz, Rau, Raum, Rausch/Rosch?, Reihl, Reiss, Repp, Rescher, Riehl, Sauer, Schenk, Schimpf, Schindler, Schlotthauer, Schmunk, Schneider, Schon, Schreb, Schuber, Schuckman, Schul(t)z, Schwab, Seifer, Shirad?, Siegfried, Simon, Spatz?, Spielman, Sprenkel?, Spring, Stiehfeld, Streb, Stroh, Tosch?, Vogel, Walenflesh?, Wassenmiller, Weber, Weimer, Weiner, Weirauch, Weitzel, Wentz, Wenzel, Will, Wolf(f), Wollert, Ziegler, Zulauf, Zweitzig

*** WEIMER Canada Crossings******* WISC,Sheboygan Data, Canada read at:

http://www.home.earthlink.net/~dhoskins/gene

http://www.lowervolga.org/obituaries.htm

http://webbitt.com/volga/books.html

http://webbitt.com/volga/usa-census.html

http://webbitt.com/volga/travel.html

DOENHOF, Saratov, Volga

Karen Kaiser

Dick and Judy Leffler

The year 2002 has been quiet for the village of Dönhof. We have had approximately 18 queries for the village and have answered all of those to the best of our abilities with the information we have in our data base.

The data base is still quite small with just over 3500 entries. This year we have been able to enter the surnames of BEHM, BECHTHOLD, and STROMBERGER from copies of surname charts which we have obtained. We are also in the process of trying to obtain photos, passports, declaration of intent, naturalization papers, and any other information pertinent to Dönhof inhabitants.

Village night at convention in Des Moines was attended by 10 people, some of which we already were acquainted with, and as always, some with which we were glad to make their acquaintance. We were able to obtain copies of 6 more surname charts which will be entered into our data base. One new chart on the surname LIND was ordered in Feb and, a chart on WOLF has been on order for about 3 years, but no new ones came this year.

DREISPITZ, Saratov, Volga

There are still no Church records on Dreispitz, as far as I have been able to determine. The census records for Heinze have been purchased and entered in our database. Dreispitz is still an active village, and Ed Hoak’s reports includes an update, as well as a large number of pages of cemetery records. Additional information has been added to the database, and some links have been made with those who moved between other villages, including Holstein, Kraft, and Shcherbakovka. Queries have been answered. Kathy O’Malley, V. C.

EIGENHEIM, Akkerman, Bessarabia

Jan Stangl, S707

I have had no requests this past year about any of my tiny villages.

I do not have a newsletter.

I do continue to add information that I find in EWZ records pertaining to my villages. Maury Gauer is a great help in entering materials that pertains to Nesselrode/Birsula area.

ENDERS, Samara, Volga

Randi Bolyard

My husband and I have returned from Rosenheim and Enders and brought back some current information. Walking was quite treacherous, but it turned out to be worth it. Everyone in the villages was quite friendly, and we were directed to the people who were either Volga German or those who would know something about the Germans who lived there.

Physical description

Both villages are in disrepair. Some German houses still exist. Everyone has outhouses. We were told that the villages were in much better condition when the Germans were in the villages.

There were no streets or sidewalks. Everything was a big mud puddle, combined with dung. There were geese and other animals running in the street.

We were fortunate enough to be invited into one of the houses in Enders. It was very nice inside, with crystal glasses in the cabinet, several rooms and a kitchen. They have well water and in the kitchen there was an interesting water fixture that appears to work like some of our soap dispensers: push up on the little nozzle and water comes out. This family had a nice farm in back of their house with pigs (very stinky!), a vineyard, apple and pear trees, watermelons, tomatoes, peppers, dill, and food grown for the livestock.

The church is still in Rosenheim. It is in ruins and there are no services there. I do not know whether the German cemetery still exists.

The church is gone in Enders. No cemetery exists.

Data collected

I gathered data on the following surnames:

Deckert Enders Krause
Dietzel Funk Rusch
Dotz Henneberg Schneider
Ehlert Horst

If anyone is researching these surnames, they should contact me for further information.

Pictures

I took as many pictures as I could of the people and the places. I plan to publish them on a web site as soon as possible.

Other information

One of the good things about going on a tour is that you get to meet other people who are working on the same types of things. I made a potential contact that will be able to get additional data for the villages.

People in the villages are aware of the outside world through watching television. They asked us about 9/11, social security in the U.S., and what our lives were like. As we were leaving Enders, an elderly Russian couple came out with a watermelon and said they were sorry for our losses on 9/11. It was very moving.

FISCHER, Saratov, Volga

Roger A. Toepfer

PROEM
The interchange/exchange of data and general assistance for Fischer/Herzog continues to be handled through the Fischer and Herzog web sites and has been a very successful means of assisting our fellow members. (Jerry Braun is Webmeister for the Herzog Web Site). As Webmeister for the Fischer Home Page, I have included a site for the Village of Katharinenstadt, (Fischer/Katharinenstadt) (My Mothers side are descendants of Katharinenstadt). With this bond, I have coordinated information of queries regarding Katharinenstadt members. Also, queries for other villages have come in and we attempt to assist them by posting the queries on the "queries page" of our site.

COORDINATION SUPPORT for FISCHER and HERZOG
There is nothing new to report in these areas. Data requests from family relations in Germany is still pending. I believe that the state of unrest in the world has affected interests, and dictate which urgent matters will be attended to first. In other words, our family requests have ended at the bottom of the heap! However, we are still in touch with our contacts, in some cases by second source. It has always been a waiting game, and a test of patience when asking people for help, that more often than not, they are not particularly interested in your enthusiasm of endeavor.

QUERY SUPPORT
In the 2001 report I reported that we had received 5240 visits since January 1, 1999 to the Fischer/Katharinenstadt site. The visitor count now reads 6852. This is a total of 1612 increase in visits from last year. Last year there were just slightly less than 60 requests for family research. This year that number is even less. Some of the Surnames and village associated that are subject in these queries are: Herwaldt (Katharinenstadt), Fischer (Yagodnaya Polyana), Stadler and Stremel (Karmenka), Seibel and Halle (Katharinenstadt), Kaiser (Warenburg), Eckerdt and Weigandt (Volga Region - this request came from Argentina, village associated not available), Schumacher and Befort (Wittman), Erlenbach, Wormsbacher, Schwenke, Welz (Katharinenstadt), Heit (Colony Unknown), Scheiner and Spomer (Beideck).

The queries of these persons can be found within the Fischer/Katharinenstadt, web site, either in the Sign In Page - "View Log Book" or the "Query Page." We provided data of family connections, ancestral data, help on how and where to search for further information. All of the queries were answered, but not necessarily solved! If any of these families are of interest to you, please visit these pages for further brief. http://members.aol.com/RAToepfer/index.htm, then click onto either the "Qpage" or the view the "Log Book" icon.

VC INFORMATION EXCHANGE
SURNAME SEARCHES
The following Web Sites have a very comprehensive listing of 41 surnames and the person that purchased the searches. These listings are posted on:

The Fischer/Katharinenstat Home Page: Roger Toepfer

Herzog Home Page: Jerry Braun

Marienthal Home Page: Tony Leiker

Obermunjor Home Page: Kevin Rupp

All are invited to log on and review the listings. It could save one a good deal of time and money by learning that a list you are about to order has already been researched. We are here to help and coordinate in the search for our Ancestry, History, and Notable Heritage.

The Website addresses can be found by logging on to the AHSGR Home Page - Favorite Russian/German Websites.

FRIEDENBERG, Samara, Volga

Betty Ashley A028

Because of the fragile health of my husband for the past several years I have not been able to work much on this project. Sadly Charles passed away on August 19th of this year.

I have requested to down-size the scope of the project - I would prefer to concentrate on the three parish villages of Wiesenmueller, Gnadenthau, and Friedenberg.

My fellow-coordinator who resigned from the job several years ago, has, however, added much material to our website. She is involved with her own time-consuming business and is planning to move from southern Virginia back to her home state of Missouri in the near future.

Lower Jerusulan River Colonies:

With the excuses now stated, I can only say that my interest in my mother’s ancestral villages has not diminished. I will continue to answer any questions received from others (they have been few and far between of late). I plan to contact Russian researchers to inquire of any new materials he might have found concerning our project in Russia.

I should mention that we have sent copies of Jeruslan Nachrichten publications (for sale) to Kathy O’Malley (Lower Volga Colonies) and Central California Chapter, AHSGR. Also, recently, I have sent many records of Lower Jeruslan families who migrated from KRATZKE and DIETEL to Brent Mai to coordinate with his records.

FRIEDENSDORF, Molochna Colonies

John S. Niessen

One request for information was received this past year.

An additional internet resource was brought to my attention this past year. It is the "1847 Molotschna Colony Voters’ List: Friedensdorf" from File #10510 in Fund 6, Inventory 2 in the Odessa State Archives in Odessa, Ukraine. The list contains 30 farm owner’s names from the village. 

The list is posted courtesy of the Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta. I am grateful to Mr. Tony Eiler for pointing out this resource to me.

GALKA, Saratov, Volga

Merrill & Dorothy Kerbs Younkin Y037a

Jayne Dye, Galka Research Consultant

The Web site has had few visitors and very few questions have been asked of me but the quality of the contacts is very good. I expect to build a network of researchers this year. Already I have had a good correction of two transposed birth dates on the Wunsch Galka chart I posted on the web. This is most helpful. Some pictures have come in. Much more interest is being shown in the convention for 2003. We may make a better showing than last year.

The booklet, "Galka" written in 1910, will be available then. It will have to wait until I retire but that is just a short way off - December. This booklet will be of interest to many descendants of the Volga river area. The translation is done but there is some proofreading. Additional information is being collected also. I have high hopes that more will come in, in good time.

Glueckstal Colonies Research Association (GCRA)

Glueckstal Colonies Research Association includes colonies: Bergdorf, Glueckstal, Kassel, Neudorf, Grigoriopol, and Hoffnungstal

Glueckstal Colonies Web Site

Margaret Freeman F052

GLUECKSTAL, GLUECKSTAL, Odessa, Kherson

Margaret Freeman F052

All of GCRA has spent much effort on preparations for the book and video to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of our Glueckstal Colonies in South Russia. Chairman Homer Rudolf conducted a day long meeting of plans and discussions in Bismarck in August before the GRHS Convention, so that all would know what has been done and areas in which we need to research and write. Present were: Tom and Jan Stangl, Jim Klein, Gwen Pritzkau, Margaret Freeman, and Sally Sologuk. Michael Miller, Producer, and Videographer Bob Dambch of Prairie Public Television also attended to discuss the proposed video. It appears that the proposed book will probably be over 500 pages in size, and will have an accompanying CD.

GCRA continues to welcome new members. For the last several years, the group has published 64 pages of research material in the "GCRA Newsletter," now in its fifteenth year. Documents purchased in Odessa continue to be translated and published. Sales of "Glueckstal Colonies Births and Marriages, 1833-1900," and "Glueckstal Colonies Deaths, 1833-1900," in both English and German editions, continue. The book, "Marienberg, Fate of a Village," written by John Bollinger and Jan Huber Stangl, and published in both English and German, has been well received in North America and also in Germany.

The SOAR team of AHSGR again digitized the GCRA holdings in late August. A copy has been given to GRHS and one copy is set aside for AHSGR, and also one will be given to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

Dedication of the Glückstal Monument

The dedication of the Glückstal monument in Glinoye, Moldova (the current name of the Glückstal village) was a huge success! Fifteen Americans attended the ceremony on May 24, 2002, to commemorate the presence of our ancestors in the villages of Glückstal, Neudorf, Bergdorf, and Kassel.

The monument itself is a black granite stone, about 40 inches high. It is placed on a rise at the corner of the schoolyard, with a backdrop of evergreen trees, and can be seen from two streets. The text on the front is in Russian, and the text on the back is in German. Underneath, on both sides, is written " Glückstal Colonies Research Association, May 28, 2002," in English.

The dedication took place after a program presented by the Glinoye School, under the direction of the principal, and her assistant in charge of the Glückstal School Museum, located in the school, which has an extensive display on the history of the village. The school pageant, written for the dedication, included readings, songs and dances telling the village history, and the story of its inhabitants through the years. The fourth graders presented a folk dance, older children presented a dance representing the ghosts of the valley and the long deceased ancestors, and another dance showed the mingling of the ghosts with those currently living in the village. There was also a dance showing the conflict of good and evil in the colonies over time. All in all, the program showed the cycles of life and death, joys and tribulations, and the journey of life.

Those present for the occasion included Mayor Vladimir Strigunov, representatives of the Moldova/Transdniester Education Department and Historical Archives, reporters from two TV stations, newspapers and a radio station. The Glückstal School is the first school in the region to establish a museum to show their village history, and also the one of first schools to have a monument to honor their ancestors. Because of this, the head of education and the head of archives for the state of Moldova also attended.

Foreign guests were: Oskar and Helma Eberle, from Germany, born in the region, Roger and Elaine Klusman, Tim and Judy Klusman, Bernardine Lang Kuhn, Michael M. Miller, Gwen Pritzkau, Dr. Harley Roth, Tom and Janice Huber Stangl, Dr. Ken and Cathy Vogele, Bob and Margaret Aman Freeman, and Prairie Public Television (North Dakota) videographer Bob Dambach.

Margaret Freeman and Michael Miller raised the sheet covering the monument, after which the school children and townspeople came forward to place peonies at the base of the monument. At the conclusion of the dedication, Pastor Vladimir Moser from the Tiraspol Lutheran Church consecrated the stone and blessed the sacred ground on which it stood. This location also contains human remains unearthed at the site of the old German cemetery of Glückstal. The present school was built on the site of the old German cemetery.

The group attending were much gratified by the day’s events. The villagers hosted the visitors with lodging and their hospitality was very much appreciated by all. To show their appreciation, the visitors took up a collection that was used to purchase a TV and VCR, along with educational tapes, for the school in Glinoye.

It was the unstinting effort of Pavel Pratchuk, Dr. Serge Yelizarov, and Michael M. Miller that brought this project to fruition. All members of the Glückstal Colonies Research Association extend their gratitude.

GNADENFELD, (Neu-Moor/Moor) Samara, Volga

Irma A. Waggoner, W098

Gnadenfeld, also known as Neu Moor/Moor, was a small "daughter colony", on the Wiesenseite of the Volga, with many of the families coming from the "mother colony" of Moor, and others from Balzar, Hussenbach, Norka, and Donhoff. Those doing Gnadenfeld research must locate the original "mother colony" to continue their research.

Due to the small population of Gnadenfeld, I do not receive many requests for information. I continue to collect surnames from Gnadenfeld and Moor, including ship records, declarations of intent, naturalization records, census records and obituaries. During the past year two surname charts from Moor—Gnadenfeld have been received, (Pinnecker and Korell). Russian researchers say the church records for the village of Gnadenfeld are in good condition and extend up to the year of 1922.

GNADENTAU, Samara, Volga

Lower Jerusulan River Colonies ~ Gnatentau Web Site

Betty Ashley A028

Because of the fragile health of my husband for the past several years I have not been able to work much on this project. Sadly Charles passed away on August 19th of this year.

I have requested to down-size the scope of the project - I would prefer to concentrate on the three parish villages of Wiesenmueller, Gnadenthau, and Friedenberg.

My fellow-coordinator who resigned from the job several years ago, has, however, added much material to our website. She is involved with her own time-consuming business and is planning to move from southern Virginia back to her home state of Missouri in the near future.

Lower Jerusulan River Colonies:

With the excuses now stated, I can only say that my interest in my mother’s ancestral villages has not diminished. I will continue to answer any questions received from others (they have been few and far between of late). I plan to contact Russian researchers to inquire of any new materials he might have found concerning our project in Russia.

I should mention that we have sent copies of Jeruslan Nachrichten publications (for sale) to Kathy O’Malley (Lower Volga Colonies) and Central California Chapter, AHSGR. Also, recently, I have sent many records of Lower Jeruslan families who migrated from KRATZKE and DIETEL to Brent Mai to coordinate with his records.

GRAF, Samara, Volga

Kevin Rupp R311 / L

I have just signed up this year as a VC for Graf and have had a really good year of collecting census information. I have compiled the census years of 1834, 1850 and 1895. 1834 and 1850 are compiled in book form and available to those searching this colony. I hope to have 1895 compiled later this year. I have had a few requests on this village and with the help of Sean McGinnes we have been able to answer those questions.

GRIMM, Saratov, Volga

Ken Leffler

Things were very quiet on the Grimm front again this year. We are anxiously awaiting the delivery of 16 charts ordered from Russia. I did manage to help a few inquirers with their searches but received very little new data.

Attendance at Village night at the convention in Des Moines was small and no new people showed up. Disappointing! I drove through central Kansas on my return and took digital images of headstones in the cemeteries in the towns of Milberger, Hoisington, Otis, Ness City, Bazine, Olmitz and Sugar City, Colorado . I was surprised to find so many Grimm surnames. I highly recommend that other VCs do this same thing in areas where their ancestors lived.

I ordered the second Pleve book and am comparing the Grimm names to the census data we already had. It is surprisingly difficult as some of the given names appear to be different. It does, however list the villages in Germany from where they came and has some interesting data on "orphaned" children living with another father, although, it appears most, or all of these so-called orphans are siblings of a widow who remarried, so they are actually stepchildren.

I chose not to remain the AHSGR/VC Liaison this year due to my heavy commitment to the SOAR project, Dennis Zitterkopf is my able replacement.

I hope to get busy on those surname charts over Christmas.

GÜLDENDORF, Grossliebental, Odessa, Kherson

Curt. Renz

While there are still four months remaining in 2002 and the hope to uncover more, I have been actively going through many rolls of microfilmed newspapers in the State Historical Library of North Dakota searching for obituaries for anyone born in any of the four ancestral villages that I am the VC for. Along with ordering these microfilm through inter-library loan, I’ve also made three trips to Bismarck to spend about nine days researching in the library itself. One advantage is that the Library has all of its newspapers posted on-line with their assigned file numbers. To date, I’ve been able to glean about 130 additional obituaries for the collection. In addition, with the very generous and skillful assistance by translators, the letter collections continues to grow. These are letters written from Russia to either individuals in America or to an American German newspaper and published by that newspaper.

HERZOG, Sartov, Volga

Roger A. Toepfer

Jerry Braun

See Fischer for consolidated Village Coordinator Report for villages of Fischer and Herzoz

HOFFNUNGSTAL, Akkerman, Bessarabia

Curt Renz R002

While there are still four months remaining in 2002 and the hope to uncover more, I have been actively going through many rolls of microfilmed newspapers in the State Historical Library of North Dakota searching for obituaries for anyone born in any of the four ancestral villages that I am the VC for. Along with ordering these microfilm through inter-library loan, I’ve also made three trips to Bismarck to spend about nine days researching in the library itself. One advantage is that the Library has all of its newspapers posted on-line with their assigned file numbers. To date, I’ve been able to glean about 130 additional obituaries for the collection. In addition, with the very generous and skillful assistance by translators, the letter collections continues to grow. These are letters written from Russia to either individuals in America or to an American German newspaper and published by that newspaper.

HOFFNUNGSTAL, Glueckstal, Odessa, Kherson

Harold Ehrman E126

See Glueckstal Colonies Research Association

HUCK (Splaunucha), Saratov, Volga

Dennis Zitterkopf

One of the highlights of the year was showing, during the Des Moines convention, the videotape made in Huck in 1993. While the scenes were somewhat depressing, we at least have seen what the state of the village was at that time. Interested persons may purchase a copy of the tape by visiting our web site and simply following the instructions (the funds benefit national, not any of us). Village night was fun with 10 persons setting at our table discussing their family, making new or renewing old friendships, and comparing notes with others present. We may not have had the largest crowd, but we probably were one of the louder ones.

2002 has been a good year for the Huck village. Our site, initiated at the end of 2000 with a list of 16 researchers, now includes 45 researchers. We’ve had over 880 site visits and are pleased with the interest it has generated in terms of contacts for the researchers. 16 surname charts for Huck are known to exist and are listed on the web site. I continue to look for and welcome suggestions from other coordinators about projects they have had success with. I’ve responded to 41 inquiries during the period 1 January through the end of July.

Research for Huck continues to be stymied due to the lack of any records from 1858 to 1888. Periodic queries to Russian researchers results in the familiar "no new records are available" response. Birth and confirmation records have recently been located in the Engels Archive, but these records do not provide enough details to produce family lists.

The web site contents have been translated into Spanish and posted on a site in Argentina. Five different Zitterkopf persons from Argentina interested in their relationship to the Zitterkopf families in the US have contacted me. The 30 year record gap has made it virtually impossible to answer their questions because they know little about their ancestors except that they came from Huck. This continues to be a disappointment for all of us.

Several additions have been added to our site including a section for letters, reports, and the 1993. The letters and reports section now includes some interesting materials about life in Huck as well as early pioneer life in the US. An alphabetic posting of all the surnames some of the researchers have in their databases (and an indication of which researcher(s) has information about a particular surname) has also been added to the home page. I’ve had limited success in convincing the researchers to send me a list of the surnames in their records. The videotape made from a 1927 film made in Norka and shown during the Des Moines convention overwhelmed me. We (Huck) have no known photographs of the village taken prior to 1941 and hope that someday a "magic shoebox" will be found in someone’s attic with copies we can have.

HUSSENBACH (Gaschon), Samara, Volga
HUSSENBACH (Linevo Osero), Saratov, Volga

VC Hussenbach, Gaschon
Paul Lais L235

VC Hussenbach, Linevo Osero
Louise Potter P051

The Hussenbach database is maintained by Louise Potter for both villages (see above address)

The Hussenbach web site link is listed above.

Activity this year hasn’t been as great as in the past, however, four surname charts have been received: Fromm, Kroh, Rommel and Rothenberger. The Fuchs chart has been ordered and should be arriving soon. The Fuchs chart has been ordered by Rose Mary Guenthner through Elaine Frank Davison/Michael Frank.

Charts received to date include: Fromm, Hilderman, Jordan, Kreuzer, Kroh, Lais, Muck, Propp, Riel, Rommel, Rothenberger, Schatzel, Stenzel and Suppes, most of them are available from AHSGR.

Several people were interested in the ships on which their ancestors arrived in Russia. From the charts received that gave information regarding the ships:

  • 3 families were on the ship "Frau Ditrika", 14 Sep 1766, Fromm, Lais and Schatzel
  • 2 on "The Grap", 13 Sep 1766, Kreuzer and Riel
  • 1 on "Johannes", 15 Sep 1766, Rommel and Suppes
  • 1 on "Fortune" 04 Jul 1766, Kroh
  • 1 on "Kleine Andreas" 04 May 1766, Propp
  • 1 on "Apollo" 29 Aug 1766, Rothenberger.

An interesting book which includes Hussenbach, Linevo Osero is The History of the Zhirnovsk Region, Chapter Five by V.I. Gomulov in 1999, Translated by Erna Razgulina and Edited by Clarence Kissler.

Requests for information are welcomed and filled as soon as possible.

Research continues.

JOHANNESDORF, Stavropol, North Caucasus, South Russia

Bonnie Anderson

Efforts continue to gather background history and family data for these three villages. All gathered to date comes from secondary sources; archive research/information retrieval is still ahead. Katharinenfeld has the most information available, including lists of individuals. Family researchers, please contact this VC if you have ancestral connections to Johannesdorf or Karlsruhe, or know of local histories, church information, etc. in your area about immigrants from these villages.

These villages are also components of the larger Caucasus project being conducted for AHSGR and GRHS by Co-Coordinators Bonnie Anderson and Arthur Flegel. Contact either Bonnie Anderson or Arthur Flegel about specific villages, families and GR history in the Caucasus.

For Johannesdorf, Karlsruhe and Katharinenfeld, and the Caucasus project, current undertakings include:

1. A continuing search for resources and contacts worldwide—digital, paper, oral history, etc.;

2. Construction of a database specific to the Caucasus settlements of Germans (also Swedes, Alsatians, etc. as commonly included in GR histories), with migration notes concerning Germany and other countries, Bessarabia, the Volga area, and other earlier colonies/settlements in Russia;

3. Construction of a revised map of the North/South Caucasus to augment Stumpp’s work;

4. A revised Caucasus village listing to accompany the map;

5. Investigation of archive acquisition projects by universities, genealogical and historical organizations for the Caucasus region;

6. Records location in Russia, Georgia, etc. To date we have no primary records for any villages of the Caucasus, with the exception of limited church records for three So. Cauc. villages (Marienfeld, Elizabethtal and Neu-Tiflis), plus Germans who lived in the city of Tiflis.

The growing body of collected information is already unfolding a fascinating, diverse history for the Caucasus Germans. Requests for information and questions may be directed to the co-coordinators. We also encourage you to submit your family information for your Caucasus German ancestors.

JOSEFSTAL, Saratov, Volga

Edward Gerk

Josefstal was not a large village, so I do not have tons of people making inquiries.

The odd letter comes from Germany every now and then, and I am usually able to ID the family and prodide some background information.

I have had some success in looking at the various LDS microfilms for Argentina, and keeping those who were listed as being from Josefstal in a family file.

Not much out of Russia either. I’m not giving up, there just is not much else to report.

JOST, Samara, Volga

Taryn M. Holmes

As a new VC, I am truly starting from scratch. There have been no previous
records collected for Jost. My goal for the following year is to acquire
documentation about the village.

A Jost web page is under construction and will be available in 2003.
Any contributions would be greatly appreciated!

KAMENKA & PFEIFER, Saratov Volga

Rosemary Larson

Many requests for information of ancestors from Kamenka and Pfeifer have been answered. Requests continue to come from Argentina for Kamenka and Pfeifer as well as other villages. Most requests from Argentina are in Spanish, so the Babelfish translator is used which gives me a good idea about their inquiry. The response is in Spanish.

A First Settler List has been added to the Pfeifer web page, in addition to other updates on both sites.

This year I published ST. MARY’S PARISH FAMILY REGISTER, which contains many Volga German families, as well as families from the Bukowina [Romania] in Austria. All proceeds from the sale of this publication are given to St. Mary’s Church, Ellis, Kansas.

The first settlers in Ellis were the Irish who arrived with the construction of the railroad across the great plains in the 1870’s. By 1880 Volga Germans were employed by the Kansas [Union] Pacific Railroad. They lived near St. Mary’s Church. By 1900

Volga Germans, who were members of the parish, had settled on farms in Western Ellis County and Eastern Trego County. I wrote a parish history in 1985 and was responsible for gathering photos of the early parishioners of St. Mary’s which are a large part

of the publication for the Centennial celebration in 1986. This is available from St. Mary’s Church, Ellis, Kansas.

Check out the web sites so ably put online by Patrice Miller.

KARLSRUHE, Burlatzki, North Caucasus

Bonnie Anderson

Efforts continue to gather background history and family data for these three villages. All gathered to date comes from secondary sources; archive research/information retrieval is still ahead. Katharinenfeld has the most information available, including lists of individuals. Family researchers, please contact this VC if you have ancestral connections to Johannesdorf or Karlsruhe, or know of local histories, church information, etc. in your area about immigrants from these villages.

These villages are also components of the larger Caucasus project being conducted for AHSGR and GRHS by Co-Coordinators Bonnie Anderson and Arthur Flegel. Contact either Bonnie Anderson or Arthur Flegel about specific villages, families and GR history in the Caucasus.

For Johannesdorf, Karlsruhe and Katharinenfeld, and the Caucasus project, current undertakings include:

1. A continuing search for resources and contacts worldwide—digital, paper, oral history, etc.;

2. Construction of a database specific to the Caucasus settlements of Germans (also Swedes, Alsatians, etc. as commonly included in GR histories), with migration notes concerning Germany and other countries, Bessarabia, the Volga area, and other earlier colonies/settlements in Russia;

3. Construction of a revised map of the North/South Caucasus to augment Stumpp’s work;

4. A revised Caucasus village listing to accompany the map;

5. Investigation of archive acquisition projects by universities, genealogical and historical organizations for the Caucasus region;

6. Records location in Russia, Georgia, etc. To date we have no primary records for any villages of the Caucasus, with the exception of limited church records for three So. Cauc. villages (Marienfeld, Elizabethtal and Neu-Tiflis), plus Germans who lived in the city of Tiflis.

The growing body of collected information is already unfolding a fascinating, diverse history for the Caucasus Germans. Requests for information and questions may be directed to the co-coordinators. We also encourage you to submit your family information for your Caucasus German ancestors.

KASSEL, Glueckstal, Odessa, Kherson

See also Glueckstal Colonies Research Association

KATHARINENFELD, Luxemburg, Cuacasus, South Russia

Bonnie Andersont

Efforts continue to gather background history and family data for these three villages. All gathered to date comes from secondary sources; archive research/information retrieval is still ahead. Katharinenfeld has the most information available, including lists of individuals. Family researchers, please contact this VC if you have ancestral connections to Johannesdorf or Karlsruhe, or know of local histories, church information, etc. in your area about immigrants from these villages.

These villages are also components of the larger Caucasus project being conducted for AHSGR and GRHS by Co-Coordinators Bonnie Anderson and Arthur Flegel. Contact either Bonnie Anderson or Arthur Flegel about specific villages, families and GR history in the Caucasus.

For Johannesdorf, Karlsruhe and Katharinenfeld, and the Caucasus project, current undertakings include:

1. A continuing search for resources and contacts worldwide—digital, paper, oral history, etc.;

2. Construction of a database specific to the Caucasus settlements of Germans (also Swedes, Alsatians, etc. as commonly included in GR histories), with migration notes concerning Germany and other countries, Bessarabia, the Volga area, and other earlier colonies/settlements in Russia;

3. Construction of a revised map of the North/South Caucasus to augment Stumpp’s work;

4. A revised Caucasus village listing to accompany the map;

5. Investigation of archive acquisition projects by universities, genealogical and historical organizations for the Caucasus region;

6. Records location in Russia, Georgia, etc. To date we have no primary records for any villages of the Caucasus, with the exception of limited church records for three So. Cauc. villages (Marienfeld, Elizabethtal and Neu-Tiflis), plus Germans who lived in the city of Tiflis.

The growing body of collected information is already unfolding a fascinating, diverse history for the Caucasus Germans. Requests for information and questions may be directed to the co-coordinators. We also encourage you to submit your family information for your Caucasus German ancestors.

KATHARINENSTADT, Samara, Volga

Katharinenstadt Web site

Marvin & Raynona Bohrer

We have been active this year in trying to get records out of the archives. We have paid to have several books restored and going through a third party to get copies of several different records of the town. Was unable to attend the convention this year due to Marvin having an operation, he is doing fine. We are still active in two states with the local chapters.

KAUTZ (Werschinka), Saratov, Volga

D. Michael Frank, Co-Village Coordinator for Kautz, Russia

Since the passing in March 2001 of Elaine Frank Davison, the lifelong Village Coordinator for Kautz (Werchinka) whose efforts have brought Kautz knowledge to where it is today, I have begun my journey into gathering more information of the inhabitants of that village. Many of Elaine’s substantial genealogical records for Kautz have been moved to my home in Vancouver, Washington. It took two or three 240-mile trips to Walla Walla to get the information moved. Her family has been very supportive and helpful, making the transition very easy in order for me and others in the Conrad Frank family to continue her lifelong work. I have been going through her massive Kautz files and am trying to organize as best I can.

A new Compact Disk (CD) version of the 10 volumes of Unsere Leute von Kautz will be available to the general public sometime in late October or early November, 2002. The last four or five months of intense labor have resulted in absolute progress in this endeavor. Copies of the beta version have already been produced. The look and feel of this CD is Internet-based using HTML code (the code of the Internet) to access all the documents, which for the most part are in PDF format for easy viewing and zooming on most computers.

On the CD, you will find that all photos and charts have been scanned and indexed. Stories, Memories, Biographies, Lists, Letters, Interviews, Notes, some Obits, and more have been converted to Word/Text files through an optical character reading (OCR) process since the master pages were previously typewritten and Xeroxed for the most part. Many photographs, now in color or Sepia on the CD, are fun to look at knowing there are stories behind many of the faces. Names in the Kautz Database are indexed, as are Charts and Pictures in the volumes, and a search facility can zero in on any word or phrase in the ten volumes, databases, or indices very quickly. I am also planning on some limited audio frames.

In addition to this project, I have been answering inquiries from KautzKin from all over the country and internationally, supplying charts and information as requested. Requestors have been filling in the blanks on more current information so that the Kautz Database is now more complete. Thank you, suppliers of information! You know who you are.

Elaine’s surname charts are available for the names of Frank, Reiter, Schreiner, Knaub, Gradwohl (Gratwohl), Hardt, Fuchs, Popp, Frickel, Klein, Michel, Ostwald, Schuman, Weber, Neubauer, Glockhammer, Riel, Stahley, and Hermony. These charts will be scanned soon and a separate GEDCOM made for each.

I have started gathering information for a new ULvK volume, but it will take some time to get it constructed. I will make an analysis of existing volumes to determine where next to proceed to gather information, filling information for those early families who are not yet adequately represented in ULvK. I also plan a volume on Schriesheim, Germany, the ancestral home of our Frank Volga-Germans.

An effort will be made, I think in 2003, to start to try to build active cooperation among VC’s of related villages in the SW Saratov region (namely Dietel, Rothammel, Seewald, Kratzke, Merkel, Bauer, Frank, Kolb...etc.) in order to find and share common information such as inter-village marriages, family moves to new villages, deaths in villages other than the village of birth, etc., if this hasn’t been done before.

I’ve been trying to coordinate the final acquisition of the (Hussenbach) Fuchs chart. The cost of the chart has been paid and indications are that it should arrive in September, despite a couple of delays. This chart is for Rosie Guenther who had asked Elaine several years to help secure it. We’re waiting.

All in all, 2002 was a very busy year, full of promise and hope, with successes yet to find.

KOEHLER, Saratov, Volga

Joseph A (Joe) Gareis

Not as much progress this year as I hoped. Still learning about sources.

I have received many leads and much help from Ted Gerk.

I have enjoyed hearing from people interested in Koehler and have responded to about a dozen requests for information. Koehler folks seem to get around, as I’ve received notes from France, Argentina (2) and Germany.

Surname charts for six surnames from Koehler are known to be on request: Bretz, Gareis, Klug, Leineker, Reichenborn, and Ruhl. It sounds like the Russian researchers work in village batches so several charts should become available whenever he has time to get to the group.

Research work has been limited mostly to acquiring books and source material. I bought Pleve’s "Enwanderung" Book 2, which includes a listing of original settlers for Koehler. I also wrote to the Landmannschaft in Germany trying to purchase a promising sounding book by Edmund Imherr that apparently includes a history of the village.

I have had a bit more luck in personal research. My family has located two surviving relatives from branches of the family that we lost track of decades ago: one cousin in Kazakhstan and another from there who recently migrated to Germany.

I am mindful that most progress seems to be coming from villages that build an active network of people to share information and contribute. I hope to do more in that area this coming year.

KOLB, Saratov, Volga

Sarah (Kanzler) Hammarstrom H419

Thelma J. Sprenger

Pauline Dudek D018, Honorary Village Coordinator

Kolb research continues slowly. I have received around 20 letters, emails, and phone calls requesting help. I have tried to reply to most of them but have not gotten to all of them yet. We have had three deaths in our immediate families this year, so genealogy has taken a back seat.

I did inherit a book-The Descendants of Peter Derr by Arthur C. Derr. My late sister-in-law was a Derr. In it are many names from the Ritzville and Odessa, WA areas. Some are Kolb people. Names—Derr, Becker, Maier, Deking, Eckhardt, Heimbigner, Helzer, Kissler, Koch, Schauerman, Steinmetz, and Thiel.

Most of you know Doris Evans, Frank VC. She has a very large database for Frank. As Kolb & Frank were located near each other many families are related. Doris shares what she finds on Kolb, and I give her whatever new items I find, and she enters it into her database. She has given me a copy of her database to use.
Odessa, WA. has a Deutchses Fest the 3rd weekend in Sept. every year. This was their 32nd year. At this time, our AHSGR chapter has displays, books, and other materials, and Doris brings her computer. Many people are amazed at what information is available. This has nudged more people to get involved in their own family research, and sometimes we get lucky and get additions to the collections we have. This year Bill Horst shared his research with us on the Decendants of Heinrich Horst (b.1752). Horst is a Kolb name also.

With the addition of the Derr and Horst naterial, I have two more resources.

KONSTANTINOVKA, Samara, Volga

Schilling Web Site

Gary Martens

Status Report for Alt-Schilling, Schilling, Konstantinovka, Neu-Schilling I and Neu-Schilling II

There is a fairly continuous flow of queries about families from Schilling, and it’s daughter colonies, which I answer the best I can with the Schilling database and other resources. Several sets of census records have been received in the past year, and one surname chart for the Damm family, all of which are being added to the Schilling database.

There are 3 or 4 charts on order, but none have been received in the past year that I’m aware of. One of the reasons may be that the Alt-Schilling church books need repair, and researchers may not be allowed to use them at this time. The cost to get the Schilling books repaired is about $150. The church books for Schilling, Konstantinovka, Neu-Schilling I and Neu-Schilling II are supposedly in the possession of the people at the Engels archive, although nobody has yet received a chart that shows information from those villages.

If your interested in seeing a picture of one of the summer homes of the Laginkoski (Lagin Rapids) Imperial Fishing Lodge used by Czar Alexander III in the late 1800’s, they can be found on the Shilling web site.

My complete online collection of pictures of Finland can be seen by starting here:

http://www.wathenadesigns.com/Finland/

Note that some German-Russians left Russian through the Finnish port of Hanko.

KRAFT, Saratov, Volga

Since Don Schimpf resigned as Village Coordinator last year, we are lacking an official V. C. However, before Don left, he sent me 50 pages of his preliminary Schimpf Family History. It goes back to Peter Schimpf born about 1615 and comes up to the period when the family moved from Kansas City to Marion, Kansas, in 1909. It includes Johann Georg Schimpf b. 20 Oct 1747 in Reichelsheim who married Eva Elisabeth Erlich/ Ehrlich, born 1763. Their son, Emanuel , married Marie Catharina Heinze from Dreispitz.

Because my main Volga surname is Ehrlich, and my grandparents settled in Marion, I was interested in trying to make a connection with this Eva Elisbeth. So far, I have not been successful, but there is a possibility that this is the Elisabeth listed in the Dobrinka "First Settlers’ List, "and the sister of Johann Erlich, who is a stepson of Johann Leonhard Schneider listed there. In June I spent two days in Frankfurt which is just 29 miles north-northwest of Reichelsheim. I did not have time to visit the village. My maternal great grandmother is a Gross from Kraft, so I have special interest in this village.

There are about 3,000 names in our Kraft database, and I am entering the data from Band 2 of "Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767", which also includes the villages of Holstein and Galka.

See the Lower Volga Villages home page for the Charts that are available on Kraft village surnames.

See also Lower Volga Villages

KRASNOYAR, Samara, Volga

Susie Weber Hess

The largest contribution that was made in this last year was for the village of Krasnojar. My cousin George Valko (a VELLER relative by my grandmother) has completed and published 3 volumes of THE VOLGA GERMANS Krasnoyar (aka Krasnojar), Chicago, Everywhere.

Volume 1 – THEIR STORIES, THEIR WORDS – A compendium of history and family was completed Oct 2001.

Volume 2 – THEIR STORIES, THEIR WORDS - FRANZ / FRANTZ FAMILY was completed January 2002.

Volume 3 – THEIR STORY, THEIR WORDS VELLER / FELLER FAMILY was completed August 2002.

All of these books contain translated personal letters from numerous sources and countries in addition to family charts. 

I am waiting for a WEBER chart from the village of Krasnojar. It will be interesting to see what connections the Weber family has to the other charts already obtained. The Weber family was very well known in the Jefferson Park area of Chicago and members of Calvary Church.

I am half way done transferring the data from the 1910 Sheboygan census relating to the Germans from Russia into an Excel spreadsheet.

KRATZKE, Saratov, Volga

Ethel Lock L026

Brent Mai

Submitted by Ethel Lock:

There have been a few inquiries on family from Kratzke. The last one was for Krug data in Kratzke. The man has lived in Berlin, Germany since 1993 and speaks German and Russian. He is a good source to search in Germany, but may lack the connection to his ancestor in Kratzke as he is a young man. The search for family is heavy, it makes no difference to village, and as Martha Stewart says, That is a Good Thing. The young people have so many places to search in these times and are not aware of the time it takes to search but are interested and do ask for help.

Surname charts are such a wonderful help. I feel all VC Coordinators should encourage relatives to share in cost of the chart and copies made for each who donated to the cause. All should check on charts donated to AHSGR and buy copies from them at a low cost.

Submitted by Brent Mai:

Greetings from Nashville!

This has been a very active year for researchers who trace their roots to the Volga colonies of Kratzke and Ährenfeld. Ährenfeld is the daughter colony of Kratzke and Kautz. I have received hundreds of requests from relatives in the United States, Germany, Russia, and South America. It is fascinating to realize how numerous and geographically wide spread are the descendants of 129 original settlers (plus a few additional families that moved in over the years)!

For me, the most interesting questions are coming from Germany and Russia. It is amazing that these "survivors" of the various events in their families’ histories actually have as much data as they do about their ancestors! We have been able to connect a few of them into the known family lines here in North America, but since Kratzke was one of the early colonies to begin leaving for the U.S. and Canada (1876), it is often difficult to make definitive connections at this point.

Several new "charts" have been received during the last year. All of those this year came in email format, so they’re not technically "charts," but they include the same type of data.

To-date the following families are available:

Kratzke Charts

Bender Fabrizius Knaus Schäfer
Berschauer Gideon Krug Schneider
Blehm Gross Mai Schröder
Boxberger Jäger Maier/Meier Schwein
Deines Kindsvater Michaelis Templing
Dietz Koleber Müller

Ährenfeld Charts

Bender Fabrizius Michaelis Schneider
Blehm Knaus Rein Specht
Boxberger Mai Schäfer

In related families, I also have Mai and Schneider from Eckheim.

In return for a copy of each chart, we request a minimum $35 contribution to the Kratzke Research Fund from which additional information from Russia is purchased.

Please let me know if there are any questions regarding these or other families from Kratzke and/or Ährenfeld.

KUKKUS, Samara Volga

Betty Muradian

Eleanor Sissell
Data Base Coordinator

Work is still being done on the Kukkus Web site. Most of the typing has been done, and now, the project at hand is to select various pictures to be included in the site.

Kukkusers are still asked to send any information or stories they have from relatives to put in the report. Any new people who work on their family genealogy or history may send in questions to be answered. Several questions are still not answered because they haven’t been found yet in the Kukkus information bank.

All the Kukkus censuses that are known are being checked to determine how many early settlers remained in the village. Also, there were many names that were on the original list, yet they either died or moved on to other villages.

The manuscript, Kukkus, a German Village on the Volga, may still be purchased from the Central California Chapter in Fresno. Their phone number is 559-229-6287. There are also two different Kukkus maps that may be purchased from Lincoln Headquarters.

KULM, Bessarabia

Arthur E. Flegel

As coordinator for the Bessarabian communities of Kulm, Leipzig and Tarutino, I can report that currently I have nearly 27,000 names with associated documentation for each listing in the final stages of editing. Hopefully no other interruptions will appear to prevent its completion for printing before the year-end.

During this period, I have received many requests for information from the extensive records that have been accumulated, resulting in up-dated data being submitted by numerous individuals, as well as requiring pains-taking double-checking on my part. Everyone who has contributed pertinent material will be identified within the "notes’" in the up-coming book.

Similarly, for the fact that the following are heavily connected with the Bessarabian communities, I am making an effort to gather data on the villages: Alexanderfeld, Eigenfeld, Rosenfeld, Lilienfeld, Markosovka, Gnadau, Kronental, Friedrichsfeld and Marienbrunn all associated with the Kuban River settlements in the North Caucasus. I have received requests for research help on several of these, but am trying to keep my efforts at a minimum until the above-mentioned Kulm; Leipzig and Tarutino work is completed.

In conjunction with Bonnie Anderson, I am assisting in gathering information for all Caucasus Germans both the earlier Trans-Caucasus settlements and the later North Caucasus developments. This promises to eventually become a major contribution to the extended research effort of Germans in Russia.

LAUWE/LAUBE, Samara, Volga

Helen Bernice Madden M363

Newsletter: Die Lauwe Lampe

Research efforts for the village of Lauwe/Laube is ongoing, but at a slow pace. Requests for information only seems to come from 4 or 5 interested individuals. Periodically, I receive new queries via the internet.

It was reported in Die Welt Post that in the year 1939, there were 30 old family names as well as 23 additional names in Lauwe. The focus for research and data in the past has been a narrow one. I have received inquiries from folks connected to only 7 of these names. I must say, however, that the internet had increased research requests. Family histories and/or stories input has been in short supply. I would really like to have more of this sort of material to make the village newsletter more interesting.

At times, there queries are for the village of Laub. The spelling for this village closely parallels one of those used for Lauwe [Laube]. Since there is no VC for Laub, I always respond to these and have made an effort help whenever I had information that connected to their request.

My research has focused on my family surnames: Goeringer, Keck, Grasmick, Bitter, and Rube and any others connected to Lauwe.

In Fresno, CA, on October 19th at 1:00 pm, the Geringers and allied families are having get-together. After this, we will attend an Octoberfest, which the Fresno chapter AHSGR puts on as a fund-raiser to support their Research Library and Museum. For anyone interested in attending, I shall have to let you know later where the "get-together" is being held.

LEICHTLING, Saratov, Volga

Darryl W. Boyd B238

We opened the new Leichtling Web Site this year. This was done partly as a cost saving measure, but mainly so we would have more room to grow. The old site is still there but is not updated and has a reference to the new site. Also my email changed.

Fifty-six new names were added to the family group sheet index on the web site this year. This database contains names of persons who were born in, or lived in Leichtling and is accessible on the web site.

Eleven new names were added to the ships list of persons coming from Leichtling to the United States.

The "Links" page is always being updated with the changes to Village web sites.

We had 27 inquiries about Leichtling and were happy to help them. We keep all emails (4 years worth) by surname, and we were able to help several people by just being able to give an email address to another person working on the same surname.

We are still looking for a photo of the Leichtling area, but have had little luck. If anyone knows of one, please email me.

LEIPZIG, Bessarabia

Arthur E. Flegel

As coordinator for the Bessarabian communities of Kulm, Leipzig and Tarutino, I can report that currently I have nearly 27,000 names with associated documentation for each listing in the final stages of editing. Hopefully no other interruptions will appear to prevent its completion for printing before the year-end.

During this period, I have received many requests for information from the extensive records that have been accumulated, resulting in up-dated data being submitted by numerous individuals, as well as requiring pains-taking double-checking on my part. Everyone who has contributed pertinent material will be identified within the "notes’" in the up-coming book.

Similarly, for the fact that the following are heavily connected with the Bessarabian communities, I am making an effort to gather data on the villages: Alexanderfeld, Eigenfeld, Rosenfeld, Lilienfeld, Markosovka, Gnadau, Kronental, Friedrichsfeld and Marienbrunn all associated with the Kuban River settlements in the North Caucasus. I have received requests for research help on several of these, but am trying to keep my efforts at a minimum until the above-mentioned Kulm; Leipzig and Tarutino work is completed.

In conjunction with Bonnie Anderson, I am assisting in gathering information for all Caucasus Germans both the earlier Trans-Caucasus settlements and the later North Caucasus developments. This promises to eventually become a major contribution to the extended research effort of Germans in Russia.

LOUIS, Samara, Volga

Thelma Mills

I am working on several projects when time permits. In between times I answer requests, etc.

One project is the gathering of the names of researchers for the villages of Mariental and Louis. I read this in one of the newsletters and I thought it was a great idea. I have them listed in a notebook; I previously had obtained the information from the CLUES Edition from AHSGR. But it needs to be updated and the e-mail addresses listed in a special place in my address book, so I can send new information to one and all in one shot.

I also have completed my information for the new web page of LOUIS, RUSSIA, and have sent it to Patrice to publish on the Internet. I am not sure when she will get it competed. I realize her time is at a premium, but I am looking forward to having that Web page on the Internet also.

During the year I have also purchased 5 more reference books for my two villages and neighboring villages - these are added to my reference library - which I do have all together now here in Arizona. For several months, I was handicapped when researching a surname, as some of my material was still in Kansas. We completed our move to Arizona (three long trips - at different times). Very nice to be settled (somewhat). It’s been a very busy year to date, travel-wise.

I have received approximately 70 + queries from people searching for information on their ancestor. I have been in touch with each and every one - some are still being researched - plus I keep them on file and get back to them at later dates - just to keep in touch. Some of these queries, I did research in-depth, and sent information on the following surnames: DELWA;

SCHUNK; SALZMANN; SCHAMNE (CHAMNE); ASSELBORN; DENING (DENIG); EBERLE, and KINDERKNECHT. Some of these requests received were from Argentine - and some were from Germany and Russia. I had to use an Internet translating program in order to be able to help some of them. I found that these types of translators are not very good. I typed an answer to one of them and had it converted to German. I then had it re-translated back to me in English so I could see if what I wanted to say did in fact get said. What a disappointment it was. I have to choose different words in my sentences, so that it gets interpreted correctly - then double check till I am satisfied. Does anyone have any tips on this translation project?

I was sorry that I could not go to the AHSGR Convention this year, too much going on in my life to get there this summer. I hate to miss out on those, they are so enjoyable - especially Village Night, and I also look forward to the great guest speakers they usually have.

I also volunteered for the Soar Project, and am trying to devote at least 30 - 40 hours to it per month. I enjoy doing this and find it very interesting.

Could we have a list of the NEW Village Coordinators that have joined our group during the year. I just would like to welcome them.

LOWER VOLGA VILLAGES, Saratov, Volga

Dobrinka, Dreispitz, Galka, Holstein, Kraft, Mueller, Schwab, Shcherbakovka, Stephen
See individual villages for contacts.

Rolene Kiesling, Newsletter

The ten villages included in our project are those in the two Parishes of Galka and Stephan, and include: Dorbinka, Dreispitz, Galka, Holstein, Schwab; and Dubovka, Kraft, Mueller, Shcherbakovka and Stephan.  Before going to your individual village of interest, see the general interest articles on the home page. New additions this year include a complete report on Ed Hoak’s visit to the area in May 2001. This was Ed’s second trip to Russia, and he visited the cemeteries of each village available, and recorded names and dates of those buried there.

Additions of obituary summaries are made twice a year in July and January. These are alphabetized, and provide excellent information which helps link families. Rachel Smith is in charge. A CD of complete obits up to July 2002 was donated to Dennis Zitterkopf for use as he sees fit.

Rolene Kiesling is the new editor of the village newsletter, "The Lower Volga Villages Sheet" Summaries of all issues published in May and Nov. since 1994 are listed. Back issues are available from the editors. A subscription form can be downloaded and mailed with the $9.00 yearly subscription fee to Rolene.

Research ordered and received from Russia is listed along with the surname and village, and the person from whom it can be obtained. Faye and Peter Schantz are in charge of Family Tree Charts ordered by the project. These are available for $35 each. Other Charts are available from other individuals as noted. New Charts obtained this year include: Haffner, Hanschu, Steinert and Zwetzig from Shcherbakovka, with Winter on order, and expected by the end of this year. A Wolf Chart from Dobrinka was donated by Arliss Hoskins. Charts for Kelln, Martin and Gritzfeld from Holstein have recently arrived. A Herdt Chart from Schwab is expected by next July.

Janet Flickinger is in charge of publications for sale, and her web page of Janet’s Resources lists some of these. Contact Janet for more information and mailing charges. New additions this year include five publications donated by Sue Kottwitz and Betty Ashley of The Lower Jeruslan River Colonies Research Project. These daughter colonies are directly east of ours on the other side of the Volga, and many of the residents came from our mother colonies. They include:

  1. Germans from Russia in Russell County, Kansas: 1910 Census 1995, 60 pages of extractions, indexed. $15 plus postage.
  2. The Records of St. Paul’s German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Rocky Ford, Colorado: 1910-1970’s March 1996, 51 pages. $20 plus postage.
  3. The Records of Immanuel German Congregational Church of Rocky Ford, Colorado: 1906-1978 1996, $20 plus postage.
  4. Wiesenmueller Original Settlers 1997. Research performed by Vlad Soshnikov of RAGAS. 39 pages, indexed. Included are colonists from : Mueller, Stephan, Balzer, Shcherbakovka, Franzosen, Schwab, Galka, Moor, Grimm & Holstein. $20 plus postage.
  5. Gnadenthau Original Settlers 1997, research by Vlad Soshnikov; Indexed. 22 pages. Colonists came from Shcherbakovka, Stephan, Mueller, Dietel, Schwab. Grimm, Galka, Merkel, & Franzosen. $15 plus postage.

See links to daughter colonies and additional resources on our home page. Jayne Dye’s Galka page has a sample Passenger List, and tells how to get the soundex for your surname. The Dobrinka page gives research by Arliss Hoskins.

Most queries now come by e-mail, but there are still some by snail mail. My main effort this year has been to improve the quality and quantity of our databases which are always a work in progress.

If you have ancestors from these colonies, start with yourself, and then send the birth, death dates, and complete names of your Volga parent and any earlier ancestors, including spouses, siblings and their descendants, and where they first settled in the U.S. I am happy to check our databases of over 50,000 names, but the more details you send, the more likely you are to get some help

MARIENTAL, Samara, Volga

Mariental Web Site

Thelma Mills

I am working on several projects when time permits. In between times I answer requests, etc.

One project is the gathering of the names of researchers for the villages of Mariental and Louis. I read this in one of the newsletters and I thought it was a great idea. I have them listed in a notebook; I previously had obtained the information from the CLUES Edition from AHSGR. But it needs to be updated and the e-mail addresses listed in a special place in my address book, so I can send new information to one and all in one shot.

I also have completed my information for the new web page of LOUIS, RUSSIA, and have sent it to Patrice to publish on the Internet. I am not sure when she will get it competed. I realize her time is at a premium, but I am looking forward to having that Web page on the Internet also.

During the year I have also purchased 5 more reference books for my two villages and neighboring villages - these are added to my reference library - which I do have all together now here in Arizona. For several months, I was handicapped when researching a surname, as some of my material was still in Kansas. We completed our move to Arizona (three long trips - at different times). Very nice to be settled (somewhat). It’s been a very busy year to date, travel-wise.

I have received approximately 70 + queries from people searching for information on their ancestor. I have been in touch with each and every one - some are still being researched - plus I keep them on file and get back to them at later dates - just to keep in touch. Some of these queries, I did research in-depth, and sent information on the following surnames: DELWA; SCHUNK; SALZMANN; SCHAMNE (CHAMNE); ASSELBORN; DENING (DENIG); EBERLE, and KINDERKNECHT. Some of these requests received were from Argentine - and some were from Germany and Russia. I had to use an Internet translating program in order to be able to help some of them. I found that these types of translators are not very good. I typed an answer to one of them and had it converted to German. I then had it re-translated back to me in English so I could see if what I wanted to say did in fact get said. What a disappointment it was. I have to choose different words in my sentences, so that it gets interpreted correctly - then double check till I am satisfied. Does anyone have any tips on this translation project?

I was sorry that I could not go to the AHSGR Convention this year, too much going on in my life to get there this summer. I hate to miss out on those, they are so enjoyable - especially Village Night, and I also look forward to the great guest speakers they usually have.

I also volunteered for the Soar Project, and am trying to devote at least 30 - 40 hours to it per month. I enjoy doing this and find it very interesting.

Could we have a list of the NEW Village Coordinators that have joined our group during the year. I just would like to welcome them.

MERKEL, Saratov, Volga

Darrell W. Kautz

I am currently finishing a third large book pertaining to Merkel village and its environs. It will most likely exceed 400 pages, and include very interesting new information on the village, numerous photographs and documents of Merkel emigrants, photographs recently taken of the Merkel site, more surname charts, and some translated documents.

I hope to see the six years of translated articles written by Merkel journalist Alexander Bauer from Die Welt Post published yet this year (approximately 100 pages). I have been working on his equally numerous articles from the Dakota Freie Presse. These articles, from the famine years, contain very specific information on dozens of families from numerous villages in the region, and would be of utmost interest to many members of AHSGR. I hope to include about thirty photographs of families and places mentioned in his work. Due to time constraints, I haven’t done much with the Merkel village web site this year, though future plans might include pages with more photographs taken of families in Merkel, pictures of the site as it currently appears, a map of the village, particular stories of immigrants, and any number of other scenarios. Once these projects are completed, I will probably step down from the village coordinator position to pursue other endeavors. As always, we are looking for any new information, photographs and documents pertaining to Merkel or neighboring villages. (These villages did not operate in a vacuum. Intermarriage and inter-village commerce was common. As always, I share relevant material with other coordinators.)

Many persons have contributed volumes of vital material to this research, but this year, I wish to extend a very special thanks Clarence Jake Margheim of Norwalk, California, for his tireless perseverance of research material pertaining to a number of Merkel families.

MOLOCHNA COLONY, Mennonite Villages

Hildegard Wasnick

Gnadenfeld History ~ by Carl Rempel
rempel@primenet.com

I have tried to answer any queries I received right away. Sometimes I get queries about villages that are not Mennonite villages, and I try to connect them to some other VC that may be able to help them.

I have made a contact with someone at the Odessa, Ukraine archives and have requested some information on my family from them. At the present time, I am still waiting for a response.

I have sent out two issues of my newsletter "The Molotschna Villager" and am working on a third issue. I hope to send out four by the end of the year.

MOOR, Saratov, Volga

Moor Web Site

Irma A. Waggoner, W098

Wayne Bonner

Virtually no new abstracts of church records or census returns for Balzer or Moor were received during the past year. A number of requests were sent, but no reply.

A few new surname charts were received for Moor and Balzer. This information was kindly donated to the group by the purchasers.

The Balzer Group Newsletter is still being issued, but it is getting more difficult to put together due to a lack of information. The newsletter may be put on temporary hold next year so that informative information and interesting stories can be gathered. Some old articles printed in German journals in the 1930’s have been found. These seem to contain interesting genealogical information about our German ancestors. Unfortunately, it is difficult to find a translator.

The Balzer web page is up and running and several people have contacted us because of the web site. Snail mail letters have been received. Unfortunately, of the forty or so received in the past year, only one or two had a return envelope enclosed. Nevertheless, these letters will also be answered.

We hope 2003 will be more productive.

MÜHLBERG, Saratov, Volga

See Shcherbakovka

NEU-DANZIG, Nikolaev, Kherson

Curt Renz

While there are still four months remaining in 2002 and the hope to uncover more, I have been actively going through many rolls of microfilmed newspapers in the State Historical Library of North Dakota searching for obituaries for anyone born in any of the four ancestral villages that I am the VC for. Along with ordering these microfilm through inter-library loan, I’ve also made three trips to Bismarck to spend about nine days researching in the library itself. One advantage is that the Library has all of its newspapers posted on-line with their assigned file numbers. To date, I’ve been able to glean about 130 additional obituaries for the collection. In addition, with the very generous and skillful assistance by translators, the letter collections continues to grow. These are letters written from Russia to either individuals in America or to an American German newspaper and published by that newspaper.

NEUDORF, Glueckstal, Odessa, Kherson

Gregory Dockter D112

See also Glueckstal Colonies Research Association

NEU-GLUECKSTAL, Glueckstal, Odessa, Kherson

See Glueckstal Colonies Research Association

NEU-OBERMONJOU, Samara, Volga

Kevin Rupp R311

There is not much available on this colony, except for the 1861 census list I received. Most of these colonists were from the Colony of Ober-Munjou. The 1861 census was another way to fill that gap from 1850 to those who settled in America, since there was not an 1857 census for Ober-Munjou. The list is small and contains about 32 family names.

NEU-SARATA, Bessarabia

Jan Stangl S707

I have had no requests this past year about any of my tiny villages.

I do not have a newsletter.

I do continue to add information that I find in EWZ records pertaining to my villages. Maury Gauer is a great help in entering materials that pertains to Nesselrode/Birsula area.

NEU-SCHILLING I & II, Samara, Volga

Schilling Web Site

Gary Martens M405

Status Report for Alt-Schilling, Schilling, Konstantinovka, Neu-Schilling I and Neu-Schilling II

There is a fairly continuous flow of queries about families from Schilling, and it’s daughter colonies, which I answer the best I can with the Schilling database and other resources. Several sets of census records have been received in the past year, and one surname chart for the DAMM family, all of which are being added to the Schilling database.

There are 3 or 4 charts on order, but none have been received in the past year that I’m aware of. One of the reasons may be that the Alt-Schilling church books need repair, and they may not be allowed to use them at this time. The cost to get the Schilling books repaired is about $150. The church books for Schilling, Konstantinovka, Neu-Schilling I and Neu-Schilling II are supposedly in the possession of the people at the Engels archive, although nobody has yet received a chart that shows information from those villages.

If your interested in seeing a picture of one of the summer homes of the Laginkoski (Lagin Rapids) Imperial Fishing Lodge used by Czar Alexander III in the late 1800’s, they can be found on the Shilling web site.

My complete online collection of pictures of Finland can be seen by starting here:

http://www.wathenadesigns.com/Finland/

Note that some German-Russians left Russian through the Finnish port of Hanko.

NEU-STRAUB, Saratov, Volga

Neu-Straub Web Site

Lillian Larwigt

Neu-Straub seems to be so isolated in research that I am not able to find any new information concerning this village. I have received several email’s from others who are also researching Neu-Straub and am trying to list all who are interested. I shall shortly email an answer to all who have contacted me giving them all the information I have. My family names are Keil and Heintz. I attended a reunion in Russell, KS this summer who were mostly Hinintz, but I have found this name could also be Heintz and the Keil families in attendance did not have any information to give me.

A person researching the name Straub from Neu-Straub may give me a clue to research that name also. I have reason to believe that my grandmother Sophie Heintz Keil, had a sister who married a Straub. I will report on that if any more information is available

NEU-YAGODNAYA, Samara, Volga

Neu-Yagodnaya Web Site

Laurin Wilhelm W022

See SCHÖNDORF below for the combined report.

NORKA, Saratov, Volga

Norka Web Site

Robert Benson B504

Jerry Krieger K175, Newsletter

Joanne Kreiger K254, Charts & Norka Database

The Norka Newsletter is now in its seventh year of publication. It was orignated by John and Marcella Wark in 1996, and has been published by Jerry Krieger since 1998.

The newsletter is published four times a year. Subscription rate is $10 per year ($16 Canadian). Circulation remains at about 260-270 copies per issues.

Much of the newsletter is dependent on reader submissions. These include charts showing descent from original Norka settlers, plus an exchange of queries and research tips. The newsletter is now in the process of publishing articles about "ethnic neighborhoods" which saw large influxes of immigrants from Norka in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. These include the Albina district in Portland, Oregon, and the Globeville district in Denver. An article on the North Bottoms and South Bottoms of Lincoln, Nebraska, is now in preparation.

Thanks to the generosity of Steve Schreiber, the Norka Newsletter now has its own web page.

OBERDORF, Saratov, Volga

Oberdorf Web Site

Teri Helzer H491

The activity of the past year has been less than the prior two years. I have continued to add surnames to the Oberdorf list of known residents. We currently have 202 known surnames on the list, and in excess of 1000 given names associated with those surnames.

Email activity was slightly less than the prior year. I had 114 incoming emails regarding Oberdorf research, and I generated 96 emails to Oberdorf researchers in the past year. The difference in the number of incoming versus outgoing is attributed to, in some cases, two incoming emails were answered with one email, or some incoming emails were simply expressions of thanks for helping. In other words, all inquiries were responded to. All responses to inquiries were copied to the appropriate Oberdorf researchers that are researching the same surname. I maintain a surname contact list for the purpose of putting new researchers in contact with existing researchers to enable them to network and share to the benefit of all. All incoming and outgoing email was published on the private Oberdorf web site to be used as an additional research tool, in addition to serving as an archival tool for Oberdorf research documents.

We have added several new researchers to the Oberdorf Email List. We currently have 57 researchers on our email list.

Additionally, the Oberdorf website has been updated to reflect the addition of surnames and photos of Oberdorf families.

In the absence of census data beyond 1857 and the missing Oberdorf/Rosenberg Parish church records, many researchers are unable to trace their ancestors back to the mother colonies, or in many cases, other lower Volga villages from which they came. We continue to hold out hope that the church records will be found some day.

OBER-MONJOU, Samara, Volga

Kevin Rupp R311

This has been a good year in working with this colony. With the help of a friend, I have been able to finance the project of getting the complete 1850 census from that colony. Unfortunately, the 1857 census is not available. I have had a number of requests for this colony and have been able to help those people to make connections. I have not had any people come to me with any stories, though, which would really be interesting!  I continue to acquire church record information to help make those uncertain connections.

The web page has also been updated recently.

ORLOVSKOE, Samara, Volga

Carol J. Nesewich

INQUIRIES

This year brought one inquiry from a woman in Russia seeking the descendants of her grandmother’s sister, Maria Herlinger. Maria immigrated to America before 1917 and corresponded with her Russian relatives until this contact broke off in the 1930’s. We cannot be of too much help to the requester because unfortunately she has only limited information.

ACQUISITIONS

We have acquired translations of the four "Famine Letters" written in 1922 from Orlovskoe, which were published in DIE WELT-POST, Omaha, Nebraska. The first three, similar in content, were written to a representative of the Volga Relief Society and signed by the Church Council. These men sent their thanks for donations received, which helped alleviate the suffering of the starving villagers. The names Andreas Reusch and Johannes Krüger appeared on all three letters. Other council members were Christian Bär, David Gerlinger, Gottlieb Götz, Christian Laer, Andreas Reiner, A. Wolf and Johann Wolf.

The fourth letter was written by David Bär to Pastor H.G. Zorn in Colorado, a contact with whom he was already corresponding. Mr. Bär apologetically wrote once more describing the hunger and terror in the village. Specifically he related that his family had endured seven different searches by the police in their home. He also lamented the fact that they had hoped for a better harvest but that hope had again been shattered. It is of interest to note that Mr. Bär’s wife Barbara (maiden name Schleuning) was from Alt-Norka and (according to them) many of the Orlovskoe church members were also from Norka. She convinced her husband to ask Pastor Zorn to help locate her relatives in America to see if they would send aid. Pastor Zorn took their letter to DIE WELT-POST and also added his own note "beseeching all…to take this opportunity to heart" and help these despairing people.

FUTURE

Requests for information are welcome as we look forward to a productive 2003.

PAULSKOYE, Samara, Volga

Paulskoye Web Site

Tim Weeder W372

Since last report, I have received extractions from the 1834 and 1850 census records for SCHERER surname which was requested by Charles Millard and myself. The work was completed by AHSGR and a Russian researcher respectively. I am still patiently waiting for information on exactly what new documents pertaining to Paulskoye were discovered two years ago.

I have received but two requests for research assistance this past year. First, I received an inquiry regarding GERK in Paulskoye who has later removed to Katherinenstadt. Second, I received a request just today while writing this report. It concerns surnames BACHMAN(N) and SCHERER who had settled in Sanilac and later Huron counties in the sugar beat "Thumb Area" of Michigan. It turns out the inquirer is probably a distant cousin through the SCHERER line---which is very exciting! The correspondence is obviously ongoing.

Finally, I have discovered a German website through one of the listservs. It is located at http://russlanddeutschegeschichte.de/Kulturarchiv/Schicksalswege/dorn.htm . It contains an autobiography and pictures of HEINRICH DORN who hailed from Paulskoye. It details (in German language) village life during communism, deportations, life in Siberia, and his immigration to Berlin, Germany. I contacted two persons here in the USA with connections to the DORN surname so they could visit the website themselves. DORN’S online autobiography is my greatest "treasure" I discovered this year.

PFEIFER, Saratov, Volga

Pfeifer Web Site

Rosemary Larson

Many requests for information of ancestors from Kamenka and Pfeifer have been answered. Requests continue to come from Argentina for Kamenka and Pfeifer as well as other villages. Most requests from Argentina are in Spanish, so the Babelfish translator is used which gives me a good idea about their inquiry. The response is in Spanish.

A First Settler List has been added to the Pfeifer web page, in addition to other updates on both sites.

This year I published ST. MARY’S PARISH FAMILY REGISTER, which contains many Volga German families, as well as families from the Bukowina [Romania] in Austria. All proceeds from the sale of this publication are given to St. Mary’s Church, Ellis, Kansas.

The first settlers in Ellis were the Irish who arrived with the construction of the railroad across the great plains in the 1870’s. By 1880 Volga Germans were employed by the Kansas [Union] Pacific Railroad. They lived near St. Mary’s Church. By 1900

Volga Germans, who were members of the parish, had settled on farms in Western Ellis County and Eastern Trego County. I wrote a parish history in 1985 and was responsible for gathering photos of the early parishioners of St. Mary’s which are a large part

of the publication for the Centennial celebration in 1986. This is available from St. Mary’s Church, Ellis, Kansas.

Check out the web sites so ably put online by Patrice Miller.

POBOCHNOYE, Saratov, Volga

Pobochnoye Web Site

Laurin Wilhelm

2002 Annual Report for Pobochnoye, an original colony founded 1772 on the Bergseite, Volga River Valley, Russia.

I still continue to receive several inquiries per month, asking about ancestors or their descendents from Pobochnoye. Pobochnoye means "step-child", "illegitimate" "second class", etc. Pobochnoye was a "stepchild" colony to nearby Yagodnaya Polyana, which was establish in 1767.

The soil was poor, rocky and hilly, i.e. not especially good farming land. In 1856-1857 half the population, some 1,150 people, left to help found the new villages of Schoendorf, Schoenfeld and Schoental, 100 miles SE and on the Wiesenseite of the Volga. These 1,150 folks are listed on the 10 Nov 1857 Pobochnoye Aussiedler List.

This List, along with a partial 1834 Pobochnoye census have been very helpful to enable me to provide information for people searching for their ancestors from Schoendorf, Schoenfeld and Schoental.

People have requested information on:

Brack, Daubert, Haas, Herdt, Litzenberger, Pope, Schlegel, Wagner, Wilhelm, Wittig, and others.

Daughter colonies: Pobochnoye had two or three "daughter colonies". They were founded when the "new lands" in the Wiesenseite were opened up in the early 1850s. They were Schonefeld and Strassendorf and Neu Schoenfeld. In the USA three "daughter colonies" were settled. This included: Galatia, KS, Otis, KS and, Longmont, CO.

During the deportation of Volga Germans in October 1941, there was no single location where the villagers were unloaded. From what I can learn, some Pobochnoye folks and Schoenfelders were dropped off somewhere around and to the south of Omsk, Siberia. Others ended up in Kazakstan.

For the coming year, I will continue to provide information to genealogical researchers, etc. I have corresponded with perhaps 20 persons in Argentina and Brazil. This will continue. People in Argentina and Brazil are looking for the long lost relatives who came to America. Unfortunately, they do not have much information and frequently do not know the ancestral village in Russia.

REINHARD(T), Samara, Volga

Margo James 

This was the first year for a coordinator of REINHARD(T). I have contacted people who are researching relatives from this village and have been collecting family charts, hoping to find common relatives. So far, I have 16 family charts and a story of immigration of a man from REINHARD(T). The surnames I have in charts are: BERG, BOLGER, DIENER, ENGEL, GOEBEL, GORR, HERMAN, MEHL, REINHARDT, SCHULZ, SCHWEIGERT, SPINDLER, and YENZ.

During the course of the year, I have received two inquiries from people looking for relatives and/or information on the village.

As far as information on the village, I have received most of it from AHSGR. I have a description of the village, the 1798 census, and a map showing the location of the village,

I also have developed a contact list for those interested in the village and have sent an e-mail about the church records restoration at the Engels archive. The Engels Archives hold church records for REINHARD(T) which are in need of restoration. I have sent money over to help with the restoration and e-mailed those interested in helping out with information to do the same. Hopefully these can be restored and we can get this information from the archives.

Goals for the next year: As REINHARD(T) is a smaller village, I do not foresee having a web site or newsletter in the near future. Over the next year, I am hoping to collect stories and photographs about the village as well as any information handed down from immigrants.

REINWALD, Samara, Volga

Susie Weber Hess

The largest contribution that was made in this last year was for the village of Krasnojar. My cousin George Valko (a VELLER relative by my grandmother) has completed and published 3 volumes of THE VOLGA GERMANS Krasnoyar (aka Krasnojar), Chicago, Everywhere.

Volume 1 – THEIR STORIES, THEIR WORDS – A compendium of history and family was completed Oct 2001.

Volume 2 – THEIR STORIES, THEIR WORDS - FRANZ / FRANTZ FAMILY was completed January 2002.

Volume 3 – THEIR STORY, THEIR WORDS VELLER / FELLER FAMILY was completed August 2002.

All of these books contain translated personal letters from numerous sources and countries in addition to family charts. For more information about these publications refer to WWW.GEORGEVALKO.COM.

I am waiting for a WEBER chart from the village of Krasnojar. It will be interesting to see what connections the Weber family has to the other charts already obtained. The Weber family was very well known in the Jefferson Park area of Chicago and members of Calvary Church.

I am half way done transferring the data from the 1910 Sheboygan census relating to the Germans from Russia into an Excel spreadsheet.

ROSENBERG (Umet), Saratov, Volga

Rosenberg Web Site

Dr. Richard McGregor M236

I began my report for 2000-1 with the statement that it had been a quiet year, but regrettably this last has been even quieter. Having reached Newsletter No 9 I found, as I know other VCs have, that the information relating to the ancestral village was no longer forthcoming in sufficient quantity to make a viable newsletter. So, reluctantly, I discontinued printing a paper Newsletter and with the help of Teri Helzer, put all previous Newsletters on the web page, which now contains a large resource for village researchers. The intention is to put all new material which researchers allow onto the web page. This will not include genealogies however which I hold and which I share with personal inquirers only. This is to protect the information for use only by genuine inquirers. At the end of each year, or thereabouts, I will list all the new material added during the year just past.

I realize that web access is not possible for everyone so I have offered to send a version of this update on paper, or on disc for computer to those who request it. At present I have had just one such request. So much for the more negative aspects of the year.

I have referred, in a previous report, to the great variety of pictorial and written resources now available on the web page. This has been much appreciated by those researchers who have stopped by. We are all concerned at the possibility that the storage space which is currently free may not remain so for very much longer, and we would ask the Society to look into this - if storage space begins to cost it will be too difficult for some VCs to afford to pay. Paying for Newsletter postage without society help was getting expensive (100 dollars for each posting from England where I live); it would be a problem if web storage went the same way.

One of the problems for a village like Rosenberg is that being a daughter colony formed in the 1850s, it effectively only had a 90 year history of fully Russian German occupation, and as well as that, many of those who emigrated did so between 1898 and 1914. The deportation of the Volga Germans after 1942 and Stalin’s purges from 1938 onward decimated the number of male settlers. As a result, though there may be families in Russia today of Russian German extraction, they are less aware of their cultural roots.

In practice then we are dealing with only a relatively small group of families who, for the most part, lived in the village from 1852 to 1914. Rosenberg is therefore only a second level ancestral village, if you like, and most people want to be able to go back to the original village of settlement. The material on the web page is designed to help researchers do just that, with the help of the Russian censuses which can research up to 1857. As well as the books which Dr. Pleve is currently producing, the 1798 (and some 1775) censuses published by the Society are invaluable in helping to locate ancestral villages, and from there it is possible to go back into Germany (or wherever the family came from originally).

As I have indicated before there are a few families for whom a great deal is known. These are principally the KUXHAUS, MARTIN, MANNWEILER, MAJOR, SEIFERT, ZIEGLER families, but there is also information on KOCH, SCHWARTZKOPF, BUXMANN and others available.

ROSENHEIM, Samara, Volga

Randi Bolyard

My husband and I have returned from Rosenheim and Enders and brought back some current information. Walking was quite treacherous, but it turned out to be worth it. Everyone in the villages was quite friendly, and we were directed to the people who were either Volga German or those who would know something about the Germans who lived there.

Physical description

Both villages are in disrepair. Some German houses still exist. Everyone has outhouses. We were told that the villages were in much better condition when the Germans were in the villages.

There were no streets or sidewalks. Everything was a big mud puddle, combined with dung. There were geese and other animals running in the street.

We were fortunate enough to be invited into one of the houses in Enders. It was very nice inside, with crystal glasses in the cabinet, several rooms and a kitchen. They have well water and in the kitchen there was an interesting water fixture that appears to work like some of our soap dispensers: push up on the little nozzle and water comes out. This family had a nice farm in back of their house with pigs (very stinky!), a vineyard, apple and pear trees, watermelons, tomatoes, peppers, dill, and food grown for the livestock.

The church is still in Rosenheim. It is in ruins and there are no services there. I do not know whether the German cemetery still exists.

The church is gone in Enders. No cemetery exists.

Data collected

I gathered data on the following surnames:

Deckert Enders Krause
Dietzel Funk Rusch
Dotz Henneberg Schneider
Ehlert Horst

If anyone is researching these surnames, they should contact me for further information.

Pictures

I took as many pictures as I could of the people and the places. I plan to publish them on a web site as soon as possible.

Other information

One of the good things about going on a tour is that you get to meet other people who are working on the same types of things. I made a potential contact that will be able to get additional data for the villages.

People in the villages are aware of the outside world through watching television. They asked us about 9/11, social security in the U.S., and what our lives were like. As we were leaving Enders, an elderly Russian couple came out with a watermelon and said they were sorry for our losses on 9/11. It was very moving.

ROTHAMMEL, Saratov, Volga

Nicholas & Barbara Bretz B296

Joe Gertge, Data Base Coordinator

Kathy Jones, ROTHAMMELLIST

2002 is proving to be another exciting year for Rothammelers. Surname charts have been received for the surnames Basgal, Bieber, and Lechmann. The following charts should be arriving within the next few months: APPELHANZ, DISTEL, FRANK, GERTJE, HARTMANN, KLOBERDANZ, LAUER, MATZA, and WEINGARDT. ARTZER and KAISER charts from Seewald have also been ordered.

The Russian census project is ongoing. We now have census data for the years 1811, 1816, 1834, 1850, and 1858 for the following surnames: APPELHANZ, BASGAL, BIEBER, DISTEL, FISCHER, FRANK, GERTJE, HARTMANN, KLOBERDANZ, KRAEMER, KRESS, LAUER, LECHMANN, MATZA, MAURER, MILDENBERGER, NAB, ROTHAMMEL, WEINGARDT, and WOHN. Also in our collection are Bauer, HOCHNADEL, and SCHAMBER from Schuck, ARTZER from Seewald, and SCHAMBER from Degott. We have compiled "Possible Connections" for each of the above surnames by compiling the Original Settlers List, the 1798 Census from AHSGR, and the other census data. If Rothammelers wish access to this data, please contact us and we will send you a file for your surname. We only ask that you make a contribution to the Rothammel Fund so we can order census records for other surnames.

Our next project is to enter each surname chart into its own database, then merge them into a single surname chart database. Joe Gertge, who is our database coordinator, will then combine them with the larger Rothammel database he is compiling. If you haven’t sent your family file to Joe, please do so by contacting Joe at the email address above. We then hope to be able to tell how Rothammelers are related to other Rothammelers.

Kathy Jones is responsible for the ROTHAMMELLIST which is a free private LIST. We now have nearly 100 members on the LIST. It is a good place to ask questions and share information. If you are interested in joining the list, please contact Kathy at the email address above.

This year Sally Caskey and Bernice Williams were successful in publishing ROTHAMMEL ON THE VOLGA, TRANSLATION OF CHRONICLE BY THERESIA DAEHN. Dr. Timothy J. Kloberdanz and Rosalinda (Appelhans) Kloberdanz aided in editing and added Explanatory Notes. The booklet is available for $10 plus postage and handling.

Steve Drescher completed a booklet, CHURCH RECORDS 1676--1798, ST. LAMBETUS, BECHTHEIM, RHEINHESSEN, APPELHANS. It contains extracts and translations of Church Records of the Appelhans and Allied Families. It is available for those with Appelhans connections.

We are also considering becoming the Seewald Village Coordinators. Seewald currently has no VC, and the two villages are closely related.

SCHILLING, Samara, Volga
SCHILLING, Saratov, Volga

Schilling Web Site

Gary Martens M405

NEGenWeb Lincoln County Coordinator - http://lincoln.wathenadesigns.com/ 

Status Report for Alt-Schilling, Schilling, Konstantinovka, Neu-Schilling I and Neu-Schilling II

There is a fairly continuous flow of queries about families from Schilling, and it’s daughter colonies, which I answer the best I can with the Schilling database and other resources. Several sets of census records have been received in the past year, and one surname chart for the Damm family, all of which are being added to the Schilling database.

There are 3 or 4 charts on order, but none have been received in the past year that I’m aware of. One of the reasons may be that the Alt-Schilling church books need repair, and they may not be allowed to use them at this time. The cost to get the Schilling books repaired is about $150. The church books for Schilling, Konstantinovka, Neu-Schilling I and Neu-Schilling II are supposedly in the possession of the people at the Engels archive, although nobody has yet received a chart that shows information from those villages.

If your interested in seeing a picture of one of the summer homes of the Laginkoski (Lagin Rapids) Imperial Fishing Lodge used by Czar Alexander III in the late 1800’s, they can be found on the Shilling web site.

My complete online collection of pictures of Finland can be seen by starting here:

http://www.wathenadesigns.com/Finland/

Note that some German-Russians left Russian through the Finnish port of Hanko.

SCHÖNCHEN, (Paninskaya) Samara, Volga

Schoenchen Web Site

Terri Dann

Denise Grau

Terri and Denise took over as Village Coordinators in February of 2002. Bertha Haas, the previous VC for Schönchen, retired from the VC position and is preparing for a three-year missionary to Tanzania, Africa. We wish her well.

To date we have not received any inquiries. We’d love to hear from any researchers of Schönchen or Schönchen families! If you have been in contact with Bertha in the past, please do let us know. Bertha’s Schönchen records are in storage and are inaccessible.

We are developing a Schönchen web site and hope to have it ready soon. We are compiling a list of researchers and hope to contact them when the web site is online. We’ve started an obituary and photograph collection, and will make this information available on-line. Please contact us if you have obituaries or photographs you are willing to share.

Denise attended the national convention in Des Moines. No Schönchen researchers attended village night.

We are unaware of any surname charts for Schönchen families.

Terri traveled to Russia this summer with other Volga Germans whose families settled in Western Kansas. A few days were spent in Moscow and Samara, but most of the time was spent in the Saratov area. They visited the Volga German Museum in Marx (Katherinenstadt) and the villages of Liebental, Mariental, Obermonjou, Wittman and Zug, Urbach and the remains of Schönchen, Russia (which is only two tombstones today). The city of Saratov is still very proud of their German architecture and the Volga river is quite beautiful. The last four days of the trip were spent in Germany in areas surrounding Frankfurt. Terri hopes to travel to Germany and France next year to spend more time in the villages from which some Volga Germans migrated to Russia.

SCHÖNDORF, Samara, Volga

Schoendorf Web Site

Lauirn Wilhelm

Annual Report for the Upper Jeruslan German Villages on the Wiesenseite of the Volga River Valley, Russia. This includes: Schoendorf, Schoenfeld, Schoental, Neu Jagodnaya and Strassendorf.

I still receive several requests each week regarding the people and descendants of these villages. Often I can find some information in my several census, correspondence files, or off the top of my head. Requests come from USA, Germany, and increasingly from South America, particularly Argentina.

My focus during 2001 to 2002 has been corresponding with folks, particularly regarding:

  • Schoendorf

Felker, Hefrman, Rudy, Rothermel

  • Schoenfeld

Brack, Funk, Krutsch, Liphart, Ochs, Wagner, Wilhelm

  • Schoental

Hergert, Kromm, Neufeld, Rupp, Schierman, Weigand

  • Neu Jagodnaya

Fuchs, Hergert, Weigaand, Weitz

  • Strassendorf

Ott, Popp, Rudi, Schlegel, Schneider

SOUTH AMERICA

My focus during the past year has been to search for "unsere Leute" in Argentina and Brazil. There are a great many of Germans from Russia there. For the most part, they know the name and when their ancestor arrived in S.A. Sometimes they know the ancestral village name in Russia. Usually they speak only Spanish in Argentina and only Portuguese in Brazil. Sometimes they know some German. I can correspond in English, German and Spanish. Erica Neumann in Porto Alegre, Brazil has been very gracious to translate for me into and out of Portuguese. I have corresponded in:

  • Argentina

Heffel, Herdt, Kloberdanz, Kloster, Koehler, Martin, Plattner, Schoenfeld, Wagner, Wilhelm, Zorn

  • Brazil

Herdt, Schwab, Wagner, and others.

After corresponding for a year with Erica Neumann, we were able to help her come to visit the USA. She visited Disneyworld in Florida, San Antonio, TX, southern Missouri and Des Moines, IA for the AHSGR Convention. She gave an excellent talk about her family’s escape from the Soviet Union in the 1930s, via Harbin, China, and their subsequent settlement and adjustment to life in primitive Brazil. Erica has helped many AHSGR members to look for long lost relatives.

SCHÖNFELD, Samara, Volga

Schoenfeld Web Site

Laurin Wilhelm W022

See SCHÖNDORF above for the combined report.

SCHÖNTAL, Samara, Volga

Schoental Web Site

Laurin Wilhelm W022

See SCHÖNDORF above for the combined report.

SCHULZ, Samara, Volga

Fred Zitzer Z043

SCHWAB, Saratov, Volga

Schwab Web Site

Rolene Eichman Kiesling

There have been very few queries this year for the Village of Schwab. Perhaps less queries than I can remember since I took over as V.C. Eva Mitchell ordered the Revision Lists for 1816, 1834, 1850 and the 1858 censuses for the Fischer surname, and I, Rolene Kiesling, ordered the Revision

Lists for the same years for the Eichman surname. Both of those were published in the May 2002 issue of the Lower Volga Villages Sheet. I have taken on the task of publishing that newsletter from Kathy O’Malley, who is trying to devote more time to linking people from the various villages and databases.

Also, I spent some time collecting some World War I draft registration records from western Kansas, and compiling them into a database, in an effort to see if that would help the overall research cause. The draft registration records do contain helpful data, but of course, to do them all is a gigantic task. I only did the Kansas counties of Logan and Russell and will probably include that data in the next newsletter.

SCHWED, Samara, Volga

Schwed Web Site

Carolyn & John Gorr

We’ve had 38 queries during 2002. Most queries were for our village of Schwed. Other queries we received were from people who asked about research in Germany as well as Volhynian and Polish Russia. We were able to direct these people to the appropriate people or websites. We also get queries regarding Germans from Russia who settled in Chicago. From the research we’ve done regarding Chicago we can usually give them some 1910 and 1920 census information.

We are working on publishing a history with photos and stories from people who grew up in Schwed, Volga Russia. We don’t have a price for this item as yet. If you are interested in purchasing a copy please contact us at the address or email posted above. Proceeds will be used to acquire Schwed census information from Russia.

We are still waiting for the HOPPE and WIEGEL family genealogies from the Russian researchers. It’s almost three years since they were commissioned. If these are families you have an interest in, please let us know and we will put you in co ntact with the people who have requested these family charts. Our Schwed database was submitted to Frank McLean who is in charge of cleaning up the AHSGR surname/family group sheet database.

Village Night at 2002 convention had a poor showing. Our table includes the villages of Enders, Reinwald, Rosenheim, Stahl am Karaman, Nieder-Monjou and Schwed.

SHCHERBAKOVKA (Muehlberg), Saratov, Volga

Janet Flickinger

In Oct. of 2001, Anneva Schoenhals Sander of Seiling, OK was able to get photocopies of the records of Ebeneezer Baptist Church in Shattuck, OK. The church was established in about 1904 and is still open for business in 2001 (but has dwindled to a very small number). I extracted those records and entered them in Micro Excel. The index from the 75th anniversary booklet that was printed in 1979 was compared. There are more people in the index than in the records, even though the pages are consecutive. There is a notation at the top of the first page that seems to imply that the list was made up in 1937 of those that were current members and then others were added through the years (so the charter members and early members that were deceased were not included).

In late Nov-Dec, 2001, I joined a project started by Gene Jenkins to extract some of the 1920 US Federal Census of areas highly populated by Ger-Rus. I offered to do Marion Co, KS. I extracted almost 3000 individuals from the following towns / townships: Antelope, Caitlin, Center, Clark, Clear Creek, Doyle, Durham, East Branch, Fairplay, Florence, Gale, Lehigh, Lincolnville, Lost Springs, Moose and Ramona. Tampa/Blaine Twp, Risley/Hillsboro and Logan Twp were too dark to read. The whole roll was dark & so a lot of the names are guesses considering the "up & down strokes" of letters. This extraction only covers about half of Marion Co (E.D. #65 though #75). Germans from Russia heavily populated the county. Towns/townships still on the roll but not extracted at this time: Liberty, Marion, Menno, Summit, Burn City, Milton, Peabody, Risley, West Branch, Goessel, Wilson and Aulene. I was surprised to see that Liberty includes an Industrial School and Hygiene House and West Branch had a Bethesda Hospital.

This got me enthused and I ordered the CD for Russell Co., KS and extracted the Ger-Rus for my own use. Then when the 1930 census became available, I ordered the CD for both Russell Co., KS and Ellis Co., OK. At this time, rather then extract the data in a separate publication, I have taken the 46 pages of census for the town of Russell and added those birth dates and marriage dates and connected children to bring my Russell database in FTM to a current total of 37,685 individuals. As time permits, I will do the same with those that lived in rural Russell Co. also. It was very exciting to see that the 1930 census had a new feature concerning "place of birth". The following is quoted from "additional information" under 1930 Census Index found on ancestry.com....

Due to boundary modifications in Europe resulting from World War I, some individuals were uncertain about how to identify their national origin. Enumerators were instructed to spell out the name of the city, state, province, or region of respondents who declared that they or their parents had been born in Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, Russia, or Turkey. They were to try to establish the country in which the birthplace now lay. Interpretation of the birthplace varied from one enumerator to another. Some failed to identify specific birthplaces within those named countries, and others provided an exact birthplace in countries not designated in the instructions. For the 1930, distinction was made between the Irish Free State and Northern Ireland, and also between Canada-French and Canada-English.

Unfortunately, all enumerators did not follow these instructions, but I took a quick look at Culbertson, Hitchcock Co., NE and they did ! For example, instead of listing the place of birth as Russia, this enumerator wrote "Russia-Brunnental" or "Russia-Weinsenmuller". This could be a real big BINGO!

There were lots of other contacts. Most of these were just people who had seen my Web Pages and were looking for advice on general genealogy research. Then there were others who thought I was a sucker and would do their research for them, if they just gave me a name and a country of immigration! If I live to be 100, I won’t get all the Ger-Rus research done that I want to do.

Shcherbakovka addendum submitted by Kathy O'Malley

This might be called a "success story" but I’m not sure since the time involved is so long, but here goes: In a letter translated from German to English: of 17 October 2000 from Reinhold Rupp of Landau, Germany to Prof. Miller of the Ger-Rus List, information on an Alexander Reisig family in America is requested. Since there was no e mail address, I sent a letter the following month, requesting additional information on the family which had ties to Shcherbakovka and had settled in Russell, Kansas. On 30 Nov 2000, I had an e-mail from Ralf Kuliszewski on behalf of Mr. Rupp which included specific names and dates of the family and some descendants. I e-mailed this to Janet Flickinger to see if she could locate a current address. This she did with some help from a friend who knew the family. I e-mailed the name address and phone number of Molly Ryan Bieshaar to Ralf.

Apparently Mr. Rupp phoned the number and talked in German, which Molly could not understand, but she recognized the name, and realized who it was. Then he hung up. Later he apparently had his daughter, who speaks English, phone again.

Sometime in May 2002, Faye Schantz, who is also from Russell, e mailed Molly Bieshaar to ask if she might be interested in the Reisig Family tree Chart. Molly apparently received the e-mail in Germany where she was visiting her Reisig relatives. When she returned the end of May, she wrote Faye, and said in part:

"Now the family we met in Berlin was Dorothea Reisig (89) my grandfather’s [Alex Reisig 1890-1981] youngest sister and the only sibling still alive. She was born after my grandfather came to America. She lives with her daughter Valentina and her husband Nikolai Konjaev. They are from Karaganda, Kazakhstan. Mariann Rupp gave me the spelling Kasachstan.

"The Rupp family that I met are Reinhold, Viktoria and Marianna. Viktoria has a daughter Elena that remains in Omsk with her two children, Maxim and Viktoria. She will never be able to live in Germany because when Viktoria moved she lost her German identity. Viktoria is the daughter of Martha a sister of Alex’s and was born in 1910. She was taken by the Russians in 1941 when Viktoria was 1 and a half and never seen again. Viktoria lived with an Aunt Paulina until she was 8. She was then placed in an orphanage until she was 18. Aunt Paulina is the aunt my mother [Ada Reisig 1919-1984] corresponded with."

The point of this story is that persistence paid off for Mr. Rupp. There are plans for additional visits between these families. We hope to hear more as time goes on.

STAHL AM TARLYK, Samara, Volga

Paul Koehler

There has been 12 inquires about families from Stahl am Tarlyk, which I have answered the best I can with the Stahl database. The database has 6,757 individuals. I keep adding to this database as I receive information.

I have recently received pictures of where the village of Stahl was originally. A few of the original houses were moved after the dam was built and the area was flooded. The pictures show a house that was moved, a house that was built around 1950 and a German/Russian family with a lady looking for ancestors by the name of Filbert. If any one has information about the Filbert families from Stahl, I do have this lady's address and would have to write to her in the Russian language.

Diana Bell, of Fresno, California, continues to publish the der Stahler newsletter two times each year. We are always looking for information for this newsletter.

STRASSENDORF, Samara, Volga

Strassendorf Web Site

Laurin Wilhelm W022

See SCHÖNDORF above for the combined report.

SUSANNENTAL, (Winkelmann), Samara, Volga

Susannental Web Site

Kerry S. Thompson

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The VC for Susannental has been inactive due to illness, so the work for Susannental has slowed to a grinding stop from January to June, but I am beginning to pick up steam and hope to get caught up answering inquiries and requests this month. Members of the village are being requested to join in the search for obituaries for village members, and as these are located, they will be posted on our list serve address. Research continues from church records in Kemel, Germany for the Schmidt families ancestors. Census information from the 1816 and 1834 records are on order. A twice yearly newsletter continues to be produced. Back issues are available and contain family histories, ship record information, village history, census information, recipes, and etc. The data base contains thousands of names and information is available on request for specific surnames. I also have some information on families from Meinhard and Kind. I have information on R/G families from Big Horn County, Wyoming and have done some research on the R/G families in Sanilac County, Michigan.

TARUTINO, Akkerman, Bessarabia

Arthur E. Flegel

As coordinator for the Bessarabian communities of Kulm, Leipzig and Tarutino, I can report that currently I have nearly 27,000 names with associated documentation for each listing in the final stages of editing. Hopefully no other interruptions will appear to prevent its completion for printing before the year-end.

During this period, I have received many requests for information from the extensive records that have been accumulated, resulting in up-dated data being submitted by numerous individuals, as well as requiring pains-taking double-checking on my part. Everyone who has contributed pertinent material will be identified within the "notes’" in the up-coming book.

Similarly, for the fact that the following are heavily connected with the Bessarabian communities, I am making an effort to gather data on the villages: Alexanderfeld, Eigenfeld, Rosenfeld, Lilienfeld, Markosovka, Gnadau, Kronental, Friedrichsfeld and Marienbrunn all associated with the Kuban River settlements in the North Caucasus. I have received requests for research help on several of these, but am trying to keep my efforts at a minimum until the above-mentioned Kulm; Leipzig and Tarutino work is completed.

In conjunction with Bonnie Anderson, I am assisting in gathering information for all Caucasus Germans both the earlier Trans-Caucasus settlements and the later North Caucasus developments. This promises to eventually become a major contribution to the extended research effort of Germans in Russia.

VAKARSKII Khutor, Glueckstal, Odessa, Kherson

See also Glueckstal Colonies Research Association

WIESENMÜLLER, Samara, Volga

Because of the fragile health of my husband for the past several years I have not been able to work much on this project. Sadly Charles passed away on August 19th of this year.

I have requested to down-size the scope of the project - I would prefer to concentrate on the three parish villages of Wiesenmueller, Gnadenthau, and Friedenberg.

My fellow-coordinator who resigned from the job several years ago, has, however, added much material to our website. She is involved with her own time-consuming business and is planning to move from southern Virginia back to her home state of Missouri in the near future.

Lower Jerusulan River Colonies:

With the excuses now stated, I can only say that my interest in my mother’s ancestral villages has not diminished. I will continue to answer any questions received from others (they have been few and far between of late). I plan to contact Russian researchers to inquire of any new materials that might have found concerning our project in Russia.

I should mention that we have sent copies of Jeruslan Nachrichten publications (for sale) to Kathy O’Malley (Lower Volga Colonies) and Central California Chapter, AHSGR. Also, recently, I have sent many records of Lower Jeruslan families who migrated from KRATZKE and DIETEL to Brent Mai to coordinate with his records.

WINKELMANN, Samara, Volga

See Susannental

WITTMANN (Soloturn), Samara, Volga 

Kevin Rupp R311

This colony has only the 1816 and 1834 census available. I continue to get requests for this colony of Wittmann (Soloturn), but since the 1850 census and the 1857 census are not available, it makes the connecting a little more challenging! But for now, I continue to collect census information for this colony as I can.

WORMS, Berezan, Odessa, Kherson

YAGODNAYA POLYANA, Saratov, Volga

Co-Coordinators:

Kris Ballt

Elizabeth Meyer

Patrice Miller Database Coordinator

It is with an extremely heavy heart that we report the passing of the original VC of Yagodnaya Polyana, Bill Scheirman in February. Bill dedicated so much of his time, money, and energy to serving descendants from YP and he is irreplaceable. He was our mentor and our role model and we will strive to live up to his example. We are sure he is happy to be reunited with his ancestors in Heaven, and undoubtedly he’s still working on tracing his family tree. He will be greatly missed by many.

Kris Ball has made one trip to visit Bill’s widow, Marian, and they have been sorting through the massive amount of correspondence and research on YP that Bill diligently collected over many years. It will probably take 2 or 3 more trips to transfer the files over. Our plan is to collect the data in a central location for now, and to digitize as much as possible, for future preservation. Kris has been answering queries through the year, from people around the country.

The two VCs, Kris Ball and Elizabeth Meyer, and our wonderful village database collector, Patrice Miller, have had a fruitful year, and much of that is due to help from our village people. Ken Stugart, a descendant from Yagodnaya Polyana made his third trip to Russia this summer. Besides visiting his Stugart/Stuckert relatives in Saratov, he also visited the Saratov and Samara Archives. He brought money from the "Friends of the Volga Archives" for the restoration of many German Volga books. When a census or church book becomes too fragile to handle and needs restoration, the book is sealed and can no longer be researched. The funds that Ken delivered to the archives will restore many German Volga books so they will become available again for research. While he was there he had the opportunity to find what new genealogy books were available for our village. Birth / baptism church records are now available for the years 1904 - 1917. When they were originally discovered we were told they went to 1912 but now they go to 1917.

Also a very small 1897 "census" was found. It was disappointing in that only about 50 families were contained in the record. It was better than nothing but quite a disappointment after we thought another complete census was found. Ken is confident that books for Yagodnaya Polyana will continue to be discovered in the archives. You can read a summary of his trip that he posted to the German Volga mail list at:

http://newsarch.rootsweb.com/th/read/GER-VOLGA/2002-07/1025621120

During the year Patrice Miller has continued to expand on a ship list index of individuals from Yagodnaya Polyana who came to America (Canada & the USA). This index now has 2,770 individuals included in passenger ship lists. The majority of the people listed came from the German Volga village of Yagodnaya Polyana, Russia or one of its daughter colonies, Schontal (Schoenthal) or Neu-Yagodnaya. A few of the individuals listed came from the nearby colony of Pobochnoye or one of its daughter colonies. Added to the index are now hundreds of scanned images of the actual ship lists. The index along with the ship list scans will be available in October 2002 on CD. The cost will be about $5.00. Paper copies of just the index will be available later for about $15.00. Contact Patrice directly to acquire copies.

Indexes to US censuses for many places where our ancestors settled are now available on the web. These include Whitman county, WA, Oshkosh, WI, Pine Island /Little York, NY, Boulder county, CO and Walla Walla county, WA have been added to the German Volga Web site. The censuses can be found at:

http://webbitt.com/volga/usa-census.html

As the database coordinator for Yagodnaya Polyana, Patrice Miller worked with descendants of the village to help them collect information from Russia, make contact with other researchers and build their family trees. This year, from Russia, 2 electronic descendant trees (1767-1857) were built for the surnames of Blumschein / Blumenshine and Leinweber. Electronic (gedcom) or printed copies can be obtained from Patrice Miller with a $10-$20 donation to reimburse the person who ordered the information or to purchased additional census extracts. Patrice is happy to help anyone acquire basic census information on their surnames from Russia fairly inexpensively if that information has not already been acquired.

As a recap, over the years information on 27 surnames from Yagodnaya Polyana has been collected from Russia. Lovely hand drawn descendant charts have been acquired by various individuals over the years. These descendant charts of individual surnames start in 1767 and include descendants up to 1857. These charts are available for the following surnames: Gorr, Hahnemann / Hannenman, Hergert, Kleweno / Kleveno, Litzenberger, Morasch, Schmick / Schmuck and Weitz. In addition, information on the following surnames was acquired from Russia. While these are not the lovely charts, the same basic information is included. Those surnames are: Befus / Bafus, Benner, Blumschein / Blumenshine, Dippel, Fuchs / Fox, Kniss, Koch / Cook, Konschu / Konschuh, Kromm / Krom, Lautenschlager, Leinweber, Luft, Machleit / Machleit / Machleidt/ Machlied, Pfaffenroth / Poffenroth / Paffenroth, Repp, Schad / Schadt, Voelker / Felker, Yungmann / Youngman. Contact Patrice Miller for further information.

Patrice is also happy to assist researchers from Yagodnaya Polyana with research on their ancestors in Canada and the USA also. She has various church rosters, border crossing records, censuses, naturalization indexes, and ship lists.

During the past year, Elizabeth Meyer responded to several queries, and helped people in Germany and America translate documents and communicate with each other. At her local Golden Gate Chapter, she presented a program based on her interviews with Yagaders who now live in Germany. She also traveled to Little York to interview older members of the community there. At the Calif ornia Convention hosted by the Golden Gate Chapter, she was responsible for the food served at the large gathering. She did a presentation on the community of Little York and introduced Mr. Alexander Pfaffenrot, visting from Germany, who spoke about his project to establish an orphanage in Omsk through the organization, Christen Helfen Kinder. She is working with both Kris and Patrice to take over publication of the village newsletter after the death of the longtime devoted editor, William Scheirman. During the coming year, she expects to spend time preparing articles for future newsletters.

Due to Bill’s failing health, a newsletter was not available for the past two years. Patrice, Elizabeth and Kris are working hard to get an edition of Usu Leut out in September or October 2002. We will be on a regular schedule in 2003, with 2 issues per year, and have adjusted the subscriptions to reflect the missing issues.

We look forward to the Yakima convention in 2003, and hope to see many others from YP at our table at Village Night. We expect a good turnout, as many YP descendants settled in the Endicott, WA area.

ZUG (GATTUNG), Samara, Volga

Kevin Rupp R311

Zug (Gattung) colony only has the 1816 and 1834 census available. I get requests about this colony, but have to rely on the cookbooks in order to make the later year connections. I don’t receive as many requests about this colony compared to the other colonies. I continue to collect census information.

I hope in the near future to compile a web site for this colony.