Compiled by Orion A. Rudolph
German script translated by Dorothea (Bergstedt) Ziegler
Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo, North Dakota, 2010, 169 pages, CD.
Church Book VI: Evangelical Lutheran Bertsch Gemeinde 1901-1962 is a translation of the original church Record book from the Bertsch Church. The German script was translated by Dorothea (Bergstedt) Ziegler – Dickinson, ND and typed by Orion A. Rudolph – Ashley, ND.
The Bertsch Church is one of seventeen Evangelical Lutheran Congregations churches in McIntosh County, North Dakota. These rural congregations are now associated with Zion Lutheran Church, Ashley.
The Bertsch Gemeinde church book contains baptismal registers, meeting minutes, communion registers, death registers, offerings, member registers, marriages, and burials. As a special enhancement for the book, Rudolph photographed all the tombstones at Zion 1 (Bertsch) Cemetery. Rudolph also compiled all dates and had the inscriptions translated.
Orion A. Rudolph writes, “It was in the year 2001 when my interest was triggered in the old Hoffnungs Church record book. My wife and I were called one evening by a church centennial committee person and asked if we could possibly write a paragraph of the Hoffnungs (Hope) Lutheran Church, its beginning and ending for the 2003 Zion Lutheran Centennial Book. Also that my wife’s name is listed in it as being the last one baptized there before the church closed. We thought that might be a nice thing to do. Upon looking through the old book, we both knew it was next to impossible to write anything. It was at least 90% in the old German script. A problem indeed was at hand. It took us several months to find someone to write the paragraph that was requested.”
After completion of the first book, “Hoffnungs Church Book,” Dorothea said, “I enjoyed this, let’s do another book, I’ll help you.” So with this encouragement to continue, this “Bertsch Gemeinde Lutheran Church Book” also is now translated.
"In 1920 the members were: Fredrich Bertsch, Fredrich Schneider, Jacob Fregien Sr., Christian Klipfel, Emanuel Reule, Jacob Fregien Jr., Johannas Bertsch Jr., Gottlieb Wahl, Jacob Bertsch, Samuel Otterstetter, Konrad Otterstetter, Gustav Skaley, Emanuel George, Wilhelm Gebhart, Jacob Woeszner and Edward Schwartz. The Quaschnick families joined later."
Church Book VI: Evangelical Lutheran
Bertsch Gemeinde 1901-1962
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