Major new family research publications now available for Germans from Russia community

25 August 1999


The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection (GRHC), NDSU Libraries, Fargo, ND, is pleased to announce the publication of two major books in cooperation with the Glueckstal Colonies Research Association (GCRA). The publications are: Glueckstal Colonies Births & Marriages: 1833-1900, and Glueckstal Colonies Deaths: 1833-1900, compiled by Harold M. Ehrman, Pacific Palisades, CA, and a native of Eureka, SD. In 1999, the two publications were also published in the German language.

For information to purchase the publications, contact the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, Glueckstal Publications, NDSU Libraries, PO Box 5599, Fargo, ND 58105-5599 (E-mail: For detailed information, review the GRHC website:

In 1993-1994, the Genealogical Society of Utah purchased and made available the record of the St. Petersburg Consistory, Russia, which were the records of the church events in those ancestors' lives in the Black Sea German villages during their sojourn in Russia in the 1800s. After an initial perusal of several archival films, with all information in old German script of the 19th century, volunteers determined how to most efficiently present the data for researchers, so that it would be easy-to-read and useable format for researchers.

Many volunteers prepared the extracts of the microfilm rolls. Thousands of birth, marriage and death records were recorded and all entries were proofread. This resulted in two publications which are some of the most comprehensive family research tools ever published in computer format for the German-Russian community globally. More than 22,000 entries are contained in the births and marriages volume, with an additional 10,000 entries in the deaths volume, along with a brief history of the villages including photographs. Both volumes were edited by GCRA member Harold Ehrman.

From these Glueckstal District colonies, thousands of Germans from Russia immigrated on the late 19th century to the northern plains of the USA and to the western Canadian prairie provinces. Still today, there are heavy populations of Glueckstalers in the central Dakotas and western Canada. Family names include Aman, Becker, Bertsch, Boschee, Dockter, Goebel, Guthmueller, Isaak, Klein, Krein, Kussmaul, Lang, Oster, Rau, Reich, Rudolph, Unruh, Weisser, Vossler, Zoller, Zimmerman, and many others.

The Glueckstal Colonies Research Association (GCRA) was formed ten years ago to focus on family research, heritage, and culture of the former German colonies of South Russia which were located near today's Odessa, Ukraine. The Glueckstal District mother colonies include Bergdorf, Glueckstal, Kassel, and Neudorf founded in 1804-1810. Daughter colonies include Hoffnungstal, Klein Neudorf, Klein Glueckstal, Neu Kassel, Klein Bergdorf, Krontal, and Marienberg. Today these villages still exist in Ukraine and Moldova.

Membership to GCRA is $20 sent to: GCRA, 611 Esplanade, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. The organization publishes two major newsletters each year and provides workshops at conventions. More detailed information is at the GCRA website:

For further information, contact Michael M. Miller, Germans from Russia Bibliographer, NDSU Libraries, PO Box 5599, Fargo, ND 58105-5599 (Tel: 701-231-8416: E-mail:

Permission to use any images from the GRHC website may be requested by contacting Michael M. Miller