Glueckstal Colonies Research Association
Freeman, Margaret. "Glueckstal Colonies Research Association." FEEFHS Quarterly, Spring/Summer 1999, 65-67.
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of member societies and their publications, services and activities.
This piece on the Glueckstal Colonies Research Association (GCRA)
.. is the first of what will become a regular feature of the FEEFHS
Quarterly: articles highlighting FEEFHS member societies. - Managing
In 1987, three friends, Gwen Pritzkau, Carolyn Wheeler, and Margaret
Freeman, found themselves discussing plans to start a group to research
the ancestry of all families in the Glueckstal Colonies of South
Russia. These four villages included: Bergdorf, Glueckstal, Kassel
and Neudorf, as well as the daughter colonies of Klein Bergdorf,
Klein Neudorf, New GlueckstaL, Krontal, and Marienberg (others were
added later). This trio had done enough research on their families
to be aware of the extensive intermarriage among the residents of
the villages, and the movement from one village to another, so researching
all simultaneously seemed to be a good approach.
They asked another friend, Arthur Flegel, a well-known Russo-German
researcher and certified genealogist, to advise. Various members
of both the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia,
and the Germans from Russia Heritage Society also offered encouragement.
As with other organizations, the group learned as it grew, handling
startup problems, the costs of a business license needed to obtain
a bank account, and the endless details involved in a tax-exempt
status. Now the group has grown to a large circle of volunteers
who are generous with their time and expertise.
Our "GCRA Newsletter" first appeared in late 1987. GCRA
has now published twenty-two issues. Through the efforts of many
hardworking members, GCRA has also published several books, including
"Glueckstal Colonies Marriages," "Glueckstal Colonies
Births and Marriages, 1833-1900," "Glueckstal Colonies
Deaths, 1833-1900," and The 1858 "Glueckstal Colony Census."
The data for the books on marriages, births and deaths was found
in the records of the St. Petersburg Consistory, available on microfilm
at the Family History Centers of the LDS Church. All were translated
and authenticated by our members: the book on births and marriages
alone has over 22,000 authenticated entries. We are currently working
with North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo, who published
the books on birth, marriages, and deaths, to translate and publish
the books in German. We are indebted to Harold Ehrman, who designed
the books, coordinated the collection of data from members, did
the necessary programming to prepare the manuscript, and produced
the computer files for publication. He also maintains the GCRA web
A primary focus of GCRA has been to develop cooperative relationships
with the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, part of the Institute
for Regional Studies, North Dakota State University Libraries in
Fargo, North Dakota.
NDSU not only published the GCRA books, but now has laminated
maps available of the colonies. They also provide the site and facilities
for the GCRA LISTSERV - an unmoderated, free exchange Internet site
for the sharing of data. Information about our group is available
at the FEEFHS web site, and GCRA is listed as the village coordinator
at both the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia and
the Germans from Russia Heritage Society sites.
As 1999 begins, the group has reached a membership of four hundred
individuals, throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.
With our dues and gifts, we have been purchasing data from Ukrainian
and Russian archives, (with the exception of the 1858 census which
was purchased jointly by AHSGR and GRHS) which is translated and
published, and our goal is to continue doing so as long as there
is data to obtain. As part of our outreach program, GCRA will join
with FEEFHS and IGS for a September 1999 Workshop Day. We plan to
continue making Glueckstal presentations at the annual conventions
of the Germans from Russia societies.
Membership in GCRA is based on a calendar year, and currently
the annual fee is $20.00. For that price, a member receives two
newsletters a year (in 1998 GCRA published 64 pages of research
materials) and an annual update giving the list of members and the
lines they are researching in both a straight research list and
a cross index. As data becomes available, it is duplicated and sent
out to members via snail-mail, fax, and e-mail, which complements
the extensive personal communications among the members themselves.
GCRA will continue publishing source data such as Declarations
of Intent for US Citizenship for McIntosh County, North Dakota,
Campbell, McPherson, (in process) and several other counties of
South Dakota, excerpts from English language community newspapers,
and social items and translations from German language newspapers
of the Dakotas. The capstone is GCRA's publication of the authenticated
origins in Germany of those who lived in the colonies, complete
with the FHL microfilm numbers, primarily the work of Gwen Pritzkau.
Putting family descendants in touch with each other has been successful,
and we are pleased that these research efforts typically result
in finding many points of mutual interest that the researchers have
allowed us to publish in the "GCRA Newsletter."
The library and office of the Glueckstal Colonies Research Association
is at 611 Esplanade, Redondo Beach, California, 90277-4130, and
is open by appointment only. The following is a list of some of
the workers and their projects for our group of villages:
BERGDORF, (Russ: Kolosowa, now Beregovoye), Odessa Province; Stumpp
map No. 2, Quadrant B-4, 47 20 N 29 34 E; Dianne Ladd, 249 El Cerrito
Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93305-1326, (DLadd623@aol.com); Richard B.
Wolff, 3403 3 Avenue, Castlegar, BC, Canada V1N 2R5 (email@example.com)
BIRSULA, (Russ: Kotovsk/Kuyalnik), Odessa Province, Jan Huber
Stangl, 1106 South Sterling Blvd., Sterling, Virginia 20164 (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Murray Gauer, 1045 Quayside Drive, #1102, New Westminister, BC,
Canada 604-525-1037 (email@example.com) See Nesselrode.
DREI BRUNNENTAL, Odessa Province Paul Oberlander, 5135-45th Avenue,
Minneapolis, MN 55417-1624
GLUECKSTAL, (Russ: Glinnaya, now Glinnoye) Odessa Province Stumpp
map No. 2, Quadrant A-5, 47 12 N 29 22 E: Marvin Hoffer, 105 Carroll
Trail, Lewiston, MT 59457-3206 (firstname.lastname@example.org) Richard Sandmeier,
13245 Grove Way, Broomfield, CO 80020-5221 (email@example.com)
KASSEL (Russ: Komarowka, now Velikokomarovka), Odessa Province
Stumpp map No. 2, Quadrant B-5, 47 05 N 29 37 E Lloyd L. Ketterling,
4115 - 7th Place NW, Rochester, MN 55901-7528 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Carolyn Wheeler, 13065 Westport St., Moorpark, CA 93021-2946 Dennis
Roth, 8535-136th Avenue, SE, Newcastle, WA 98059-3407 (email@example.com)
Allyn Brosz, 3416 Oliver Street, Washington, D. C. 20015-2554 (abrosz@DGS.dgsys.com)
KLEIN BERGDORF, Duane Stabler, 4544 North River Run, Savage, MN
KLEIN NEUDORF, Duane Stabler, 4544 North River Run, Savage, MN
LATER COLONIES, Odessa Province, also Bessarabia Curt. Renz, 1018
Wheeler Avenue, Ames, IA 50010-4267 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
MARIENBERG, Odessa Province Stumpp map No. 2, Quadrant B-2 Dianne
Ladd, 249 El Cerrito Dr, Bakersfield, CA 93305-1326 (DLadd623@aol.com),
Jan Huber Stangl, 1106 South Sterling Blvd., Sterling, Virginia
MICHELSTAL, Odessa Province Paul Oberlander, 5135-45th Avenue,
Minneapolis, MN 55417-1624
NESSELRODE, Odessa Province, Jan Huber Stangl, 1106 South Sterling
Blvd., Sterling, Virginia 20164 (email@example.com), Murray Gauer,
1045 Quayside Drive, #1102, New Westminister, BC, Canada V3M 6C9
604-525-1037 (firstname.lastname@example.org) See Birsula.
NEU-BERESINA, (Russ: Malaya Siminovo) Odessa Province Stumpp map
No. 2, Quadrant C-5 Michael Rempfer, 1543 S. Washington St., Bismarck,
NEUDORF (Russ: Karamanowa, now Karamanovo), Odessa Province Stumpp
map No. 2, Quadrant A-4: Gregory Dockter, 414 Browning Avenue, Bismarck,
ND 58501-1004 Carol Neumann, P. O. Box 1376, Ocean Park, WA 98360-1376
(email@example.com) Herbert H. Tabert, 7930 S. Mountain Oaks
Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84121-5940 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
WAKARSKIJ-CHUTOR, Odessa Province, Parish of Kassel Stumpp map
No 2, Quadrant poss. B-5, 47 04 N 29 56 E Herb Poppke, 3015 NW Market
St., Apt. B117, Seattle, WA 98107-4227
HUNGARIAN RESEARCHER, Joy R. Fisher, 8057 Nardian Way, Los Angeles,
CA 90045-2545 (email@example.com)
POLAND RESEARCHER, Ed Schulz, 712 Jamaica Way, Bakersfield, CA
OVERALL DATA COORDINATOR, Herbert H. Tabert, 7930 S. Mountain
Oaks Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84121-5940 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PUBLICATIONS, Harold Ehrman, 1267 Palisades Drive, Pacific Palisades,
CA 90272-2152 (email@example.com)
OVERALL ADVISOR, Gwen Pritzkau, 3092 West 12600 South, Riverton,
Reprinted with permission of Margaret Aman Freeman, Glueckstal
Colonies Research Association, Redondo Beach, California.