| Searching for Ancestors
Auf der Suche Nach den Vorfahren
Holzwarth-Kocher, Anegelika. "Searching for Ancestors." Volk auf dem Weg, April 2005, 20.
Translation from the original German to American English by
Alex Herzog, Boulder, Colorado
On the occasion of my aunt's 90th birthday I thought for a while
one could do to provide something nice for her. She has often and
spoken of home, and by "home" she was clearly referring
to her village in
I, too, have always been moved by those times. Of particular interest
was who those ancestors of mine were who dared the courageous act
Germany to move to a completely strange land. An important source
answers is the reference book "Die Auswanderung aus Deustchland
nach Russland in
den Jahren 1763 bis 1862 [Emigration from Germany to Russia between
1862]" by Karl Stumpp. Also very helpful are the Heimatbuecher
Landsmannschaft. But when it comes to personal data of one's own
history, even those
books can be lacking.
For example, I was unable to determine without a doubt the one
ancestor who emigrated [from Germany] at that time. On thing I did
know was that
my great-grandfather Leonhard Kiess had emigrated to America in
So when I entered my great-grandfather's name into an Internet
search engine, I arrived at the Internet address firstname.lastname@example.org.
I wrote to that address and received the address of Michael M. Miller
(_Micahel.Miller@ndsu.edu. Prof. Miller, Bibliographer at
North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo, ND, USA, who is
well known to our countrymen, and who gave me important information
about my great-grandfather, plus the address of Tom Stangl in Sterling,
In addition to information concerning my great-grandfather, Tom
Stangl also sent me the address of my relative Ralph Ruff in Califormia.
Through Ralph Ruff and the other contacts I have mentioned, I have
gathered a great deal of materials by means of which I was able
to trace my ancestry as far back as the 16th Century.
Our appreciation is extended to Alex Herzog for translation
of this article.
to use any images from the GRHC website may be requested
by contacting Michael