Glückstal Colonies, Births, and Marriages: 1833 - 1900

Compiled and Edited by Harold M. Ehrman, Glückstal Colonies Research Association, 611 Esplanade, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Published by the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo, ND, 1997, 408 pages, softcover or hardcover.


The Glückstal Colonies Research Association is pleased to announce the publication of Glückstal Colonies Births and Marriages: 1833 - 1900, a book transcribed by GCRA members and compiled by Harold Ehrman. The book is published by the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, NDSU Libraries, Fargo.

The book contains births and marriages found in the microfilm of the St. Petersburg Consistory for the Glückstal Colonies parishes. References include the film number, item number, page, and sequence number, so users can easily access specific documents for ancestors. The book includes a brief history of the colonies, lists the parishes, the daughter colonies, and pastors. Selected maps, readings, and references are included.

Because of the book's large size, and its corresponding cost, GCRA is unable to send complimentary copies to archives, libraries, repositories, and societies as was done with the Glückstal Colonies Marriages. If you or your family would be willing to sponsor a copy to your favorite archive or organization as a memorial to your immigrant ancestors, this would be a most appropriate gesture. Please request a list of recipients gifted previously to help you with the appropriate inscription for a memorial contribution.

Electronic mail message of 11 March 1998 from Marvin C. Hoffer, Lewistown, Montana, a native of Java, South Dakota, to Michael M. Miller, NDSU Libraries, Fargo

"I received the "Glückstal Colonies" publication this week. Excellent! This is an invaluable reference document to compliment the various others in my library. Dick Sandmeier (Denver area) and I have been co-chair village coordinators for Bergdorf, Glückstal, Kassel and Neudorf for a number of years in that we have heritage from Glückstal and Neudorf. I am always impressed of the number of persons who stem from that part of the world, and the many that "are just getting started" in researching their heritage.

This historical publicational is very well done, and I know only distantly the massive amount of effort, expertise that was required by many to produce it. I must find Harold Ehrman's e-mail address to send our congratulations for "his legacy." My compliments to the selection of the prints and to Spring Prairie Printing for a great production.

Thank you Michael for your exceptional efforts to make this rare document available to the thousands of "Unsere Leut." It literally paves the way to genealogical success for the thousands of us of Unsere Leut heritage who have been, and are lost in the genealogical wilderness with little hope of even knowing which direction to take."

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Glückstal Colonies, Births, and Marriages: 1833 - 1900

The price for GCRA members is $50 for softcover edition, plus postage and handling, for each book. The cost for non-GCRA members is $70 each for softcover edition, plus postage and handling, for each book.

Annual membership to the Glückstal Colonies Research Association (GCRA) is $20 per year. To join, send a check of $20 payable to GCRA, c/o Homer Rudolf, 4819 West Seminary Avenue, Richmond, VA 23227. The GCRA membership form can be located and printed at the following page -

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