Extended Relationships of the Kulm, Leipzig, Tarutino
Communities in Bessarabia, Russia
By Arthur E. Flegel, Certified Genealogist
Desk-top publishing prepared by Harold M. Ehrman
Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, North Dakota State
University Libraries, Fargo, North Dakota, 2005, 864 pages, hardcover.
The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is pleased to publish
this important, impressive, and monumental work, Extended Relationships
of the Kulm, Leipzig and Tarutino Communities in Bessarabia, Russia.
Arthur Flegel introduces the book with an excellent history of Bessarabia
and of the Bessarabian villages of Kulm, Leipzig and Tarutino.
There is a Preface for Genealogical Information and a Guide for
The contents of the book covers the thousands of family names beginning
with Ackermann to Zynalewsky. There is a detailed Child Index of
About the Author
& Arthur Flegel and Harold Ehrman with new book, American
Historical Society of Germans from Russia Convention, Oklahoma
Oklahoma, August, 2005.
Arthur Edmund Flegel is the son of immigrant German Russian parents,
Johann and Julianne (Pflugrath) Flegel, the ninth of ten children
of whom six achieved adulthood. He was born in 1917 in the wheat
fields of North Dakota and raised in the wheat fields of Kansas
and the sugar beet fields of Colorado. As a youth, Arthur was intrigued
with the realization that while his parents and their close friends
claimed to be German, they readily admitted that Russia was their
native country from where they had emigrated for the New World,
especially the United States and Canada.
Arthur Flegel accumulated considerable genealogical data from a
variety of 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
over the years, he published the Reuscher-Schnell Kinship book in
1975 relating to his wife's genealogy, and the Flegel-Pflugrath
Kinship book in 1978 covering his own paternal and maternal lines.
Gathering the materials for both kinship books became a "once
in a lifetime" experience in terms of Arthur and Cleora (Reuscher)
Flegel's travels, which included interviews with many people, not
only in the USA, but Canada, Germany, Russia, Argentina and Brazil.
Some of whom have become lasting friends.
These travels and interviews along with Arthur's God-given ability
to read the printed as well as handwritten old German, sometimes
referred to as Gothic vs. the Latin in common usage today, became
the overpowering influence to become a certified genealogist which
culminated in a many years' effort in accumulating and transcribing
genealogical and historical information for publication in a book
covering some 28,000 individuals which comprises about 6,000 families
directly or indirectly related to the communities of Kulm, Leipzig
and Tarutino in the former Bessarabia.
It is his firm belief that this is an innate part of God's plan
for his life, and he offers his fervent hope and prayer that this
work will be beneficial to many who desire to research and learn
about their German-Russian connections.
Further biographical information about Arthur E. Flegel is at http://library.ndsu.edu/grhc/outreach/friends/index.htm
General view of
View of weekly bazaar (fair) held every
Monday at Tarutino.
dried cow-dung for fuel.
Cutting sod for
making sod houses.