The Glückstalers in
New Russia and North America: A Bicentennial Collection of History,
Genealogy & Folklore
Heaven Is Our Homeland: The Glückstalers
in New Russia and North America
Glückstal Colonies Research Association, Redondo
Beach, California, 2004, 800 pages, includes two CD-ROMS [searchable data
discs included in slip-case in back cover of book], hardcover book;
DVD, 60-minute documentary
Table of Contents
The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is pleased to provide
this most important book and documentary sponsored by the Glückstal
Colonies Research Association (www.glueckstal.net)
commemorating the years from 1804 to 2004.
Homer Rudolf, Editor, writes in the Introduction: "This collection
of bicentennial publications is intended to document and commemorate
the German colonists who settled in what were known as the Glückstal
Colonies of South Russia, as well as all their descendants throughout
The Glückstal District mother colonies are: Bergdorf, Glückstal,
Kassel and Neudorf.
The book includes: 1) Illustrations; 2) Time lines; 3) Maps; 4)
origin summary table ; 5) Stumpp passport lists - Glückstalers;
and daughter colonies - histories; 7) Mobility or wanderlust of
Glückstal colonists; 8) Wolost structure; 9) Parish structure;
on 1804 arrivals; 11) Crop report of 1820-21; 12) Statistical report
1825; 13) Kassel Annahme - 1830; 14) Inheritances from abroad; 15)
chores in South Russia during the 1880s; 16) Voter’s lists;
Agricultural & consumer associations; 18) The colonist wife;
19) Seals and
stamps on Russian documents; 20) Reports on persons living outside
their colony in 1851 & 1859; 21) The church in the Glückstal
Hoffnungstal; 22) Travel from South Russia to the U.S. and Canada;
23) Early Glückstal colonist settlements in the U.S.; 24) Third
in the U.S. and Canada; 25) The Trek; 26) Einwandererzentralstelle
documents - introduction; 27) Military history through WWI; 28)
on the steppes and the prairies; 29) The women and their lives;
30) Handwork of the women; 31) Midwifery; 32) Brauche – the
tradition; 33) Causes of death; 34) Light side, dark side –
Germans from Russia life; 35) Church, school and holiday traditions;
36) Some research tools for Germans from Russia; and 37) Researching
federal land records.
The searchable CD-ROMs include: 1) Complete EWZ tables; 2) Current
Gedcom table for Glückstal colonists & their descendants;
3) Index to all
letters in the Ashley Tribune and Wishek News through 1938; 4) Index
all letters from Glückstalers in South Russia published in
Staats-Anzeiger; 5) Index of all obits in the Ashley Tribune and
News through 1938; 6) Complete points of origin table; 7) Ship records
Glückstalers arriving in the U.S. and Canada; 8) Reproductions
signatures of early Glückstal colonies heads of households;
Translations of selected letters published in the Staats-Anzeiger;
10) Reproductions of all submitted photos and documents.
|Glückstal Lutheran Church.
Photo courtesy of Gerhard Walter.
||Bergdorf Lutheran Church. Photo
courtesy of Gerhard Walter.
|Johann and Anna Marie
Huft Becker. Courtesy of Sharon Becker Beck.
||Ashley, North Dakota Main
|Eureka, South Dakota Main
||Wishek, North Dakota Main
60-minute DVD titled, The
Glückstalers in New Russia and North America, is also available.
Comments about the book
I'm writing to praise the Glueckstalers book. I was reading the
Healing and Home Remedies Chapter" when I was pleasantly surprised
about my Aunt on my Dad's side of the family, Katharine Weber Reich.
was my Dad's oldest sister who was two years older than my dad,
Weber. He had another sister Catherine Weber Neiffer who was born
grandfather Johann Weber died a month before Catherine's birth.
My Dad took the family to Wishek on a number of occasions when we
Isabel, South Dakota. Aunt Katherine spoke only German and didn't
much to me, at least I don't remember what she said. Our family
Washington state in 1936 and I never did see the Reich family after
I read with great interest the story on page 695 about the treatment
Angewachse. The story: "In the 1960s, a rural Wishek, North
remembers making middle-of-the-night journeys with her screaming
infants to the
Wishek home of Katharine Weber Reich, a well-respected Brauchere.
another mention of Aunt Katharine on page 696. At any rate I wanted
thanks for the marvelous book.
--- Edward Weber
The Glückstalers in New Russia and North America &
Heaven Is Our Homeland
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