NDSU Libraries publishes new book on Kulm,
Leipzig & Tarutino, Bessarabia
August 10, 2005
The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is pleased to publish
important, impressive, and monumental 864-page hardcover book,
"Extended Relationships of the Kulm, Leipzig and Tarutino Communities
Russia" by Authur E.
Flegel, Menlo Park, CA. Flegel introduces the book with an excellent
history of Bessarabia and of the Bessarabian villages of Kulm, Leipzig
There is a Preface for Genealogical Information and a Guide for
Genealogical Information. The contents of the book covers thousands
of family names beginning with Ackermann to Zynalewsky. There is
a detailed Child Index of family names.
About the author
Arthur Edmund Flegel is the son of immigrant German Russian parents,
Johann and Julianne (Pflugrath) Flegel, the ninth of ten children
six achieved adulthood. He was born in 1917 in the wheat fields
Dakota and raised in the wheat fields of Kansas and the sugar beet
of Colorado. As a youth, Arthur was intrigued with the realization
while his parents and their close friends claimed to be German,
readily admitted that Russia was their native country from where
emigrated for the New World, especially the United States and Canada.
Arthur Flegel accumulated considerable genealogical data from a
sources including microfilms, periodicals, family histories and
interviews, along with his mother's remarkable memory and basic
information from Dr. Karl Stumpp. Using materials he had collected
the years, he published the Reuscher-Schnell Kinship book in 1975
to his wife's genealogy, and the Flegel-Pflugrath Kinship book in
covering his own paternal and maternal lines.
Gathering the materials for both kinship books became a "once
lifetime" experience in terms of Arthur and Cleora (Reuscher)
travels, which included interviews with many people, not only in
but Canada, Germany, Russia, Argentina and Brazil. some of whom
become lasting friends.
These travels and interviews along with Arthur's God given ability
the printed as well as handwritten old German, some times referred
Gothic vs. the Latin in common usage today, became the overpowering
influence to become a certified genealogist which culminated in
years' effort in accumulating and transcribing genealogical and
information for publication in a book covering some 28,000 individuals
which comprises about 6,000 families directly or indirectly related
communities of Kulm, Leipzig and Tarutino in the former Bessarabia.
It is his firm belief that his is an innate part of God's plan
life and he offers his fervent hope and prayer that this work will
beneficial to many who desire to research and learn about their
Cost of the book is $65 plus $8 postage payable to NDSU Library.
Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, Kulm, Leipzig & Tarutino
NDSU Libraries, PO Box 5599, Fargo, ND 68105-5599. Website to order