|German Settlements in Russia|
|The True Northerner (Paw Paw Michigan, 6 Jul 1877, pg. 2|
- 1872-1873 Several groups emigrate from the Odessa area to Nebraska and the Dakotas. Scouts from other Black Sea colonies and the Volga colonies investigate opportunities in America.
- 1874 The Imperial Russian government amended the 187l decree and instituted compulsory military conscription of German colonists immediately.
- 1874-1914 Thousands of German colonists emigrated from Russia to North and South America.
- 1917 Political unrest in Russia lead to two revolutions and the beginning of Soviet communist rule.
- 1919 The United States government enacts strict immigration laws which greatly slowed entrance of immigrants. Canada continued to receive German immigrants from Russia.
- 1920-1923 Famine in Russia. Over l50 thousand Volga Germans died of starvation.
- 1928-1940 German farms and property were confiscated by the state and forced onto collective farms.
- 1939-1945 The Second World War. Germany at war with the Soviet Union. Germans were persecuted and many moved to Siberia and central Asian republics. Many fled to Germany.
- 1992-1996 Many Russian Germans emigrated to recently unified Germany where they were offered citizenship.
|Surname Chart prepared by Dr. Igor Pleve|
- American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR). Membership to this organization may prove to be quite valuable. Be sure to visit the website as there is a collection of online resources to include over a half million ancestor list entries. Researchers may even stumble across their ancestors surname in the Ancestral Surname Chart Index leading to a surname chart prepared by Dr. Igor Pleve. Be sure to also scour the journals, articles, and the passenger list index.
- Germans from Russia Heritage Society. This site has an impressive members only Genealogy Database and Letter Archive.
- Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University, Portland. Be sure to check out the 2016 planned conferences, workshops and seminars held in cities across America – from California to Pennsylvania. This informative website also posts German Origins for Volga German families. Is your family listed?
- Norka A German Colony in Russia. This website has samples of their online audio and photo collections.
- United States, Obituaries, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899-2012, hosted by FamilySearch.org.
- Black Sea German Research. Was your family a German who settled along the Black Sea vs the Volga? If so, be sure to visit this website as it hosts a database of over 2 million names.
- North Dakota State University (NDSU) Heritage Collection. Although there are many local collections and repositories, the a3Genealogy researchers enjoy the one-stop resource of NDSU. The links provided may prevent a family researcher from hours of trawling the internet.
- The Federation of East European Family History Societies (FEEFHS). Did your German from Russia settle in Canada? This is a good place to begin your ancestral journey. The FEEFHS website offers about 20 resources for your Germans from Russia Canadian settlers.
- Germans Emigrated to Russia - Odessa. This 2010 a3Genealogy blog post is filled with history and helpful links.
- Ryan Zachmann from Russell Kansas, a descendant of Volga Russians (and based on surname Zachmann may be Black Sea Germans on his paternal side). Ryan, my “seat-mate” on a flight to Kansas, reminded me that this blog post could be useful.
- National Archives - Kansas City staff sponsored presenter Mike Meisinger, a Village Coordinator for AHSGR. As mentioned this organization houses a wealth of information.