GCRA: Glückstal Colonies Research Association Electronic Discussion Group

An electronic mail list for subscribers who are interested in Germans from Russia research and family research oriented specifically to the Glückstal Colonies of Bergdorf, Glückstal, Kassel, and Neudorf, and their daughter colonies. Today the former German villages of Bergdorf, Glückstal and Neudorf are located in the Trans-Dniester region of the Republic of Moldova. Today the former German village of Kassel is located in Ukraine.

Subscribers must be current and paid members of the Glueckstal Colonies Research Association, 4544 North River Run, Savage, MN 55378-2973. For membership information, go to www.glueckstal.net.

The GCRA electronic mail list provides a forum for discussion and communication among GCRA members who wish to exchange information and research related to their ancestry in the German-Russian villages known collectively as the Glückstal Colonies of South Russia, now Moldova (Trans-Dniester) and Ukraine.

Guidelines for sending messages:

  • The GCRA, self-moderated, open-subscription provide a means of communication for persons interested in the history, culture, and folklore of the Germans from Russia.
  • Subscribers are expected to use restraint when replying, avoiding unsupported critical statements, unacceptable language, non-related information, and attacks on individuals.
  • When you wish to subscribe or unsubscribe at this mail list, please follow instructions at How to subscribe and at Other information. A message requesting to subscribe or unsubscribe should not be sent to the complete mail list! If you have difficulty to subscribe or unsubscribe, send a direct e-mail message to: Michael.Miller@ndsu.edu
  • Follow the instructions at Other information to temporarily unsubscribe from the mail list. Please do not use your "auto reply" at the mail lists when you temporarily unsubscribe or are on vacation.
  • Please send any e-mail messages to the mail list only in plain text form. Do not send messages in HTML which creates problems for the Archives of the mail list.

--- Michael M. Miller, GCRA listserve moderator


  • Open subscription
  • Self-moderated
  • Archived

Possible topics:

  • Glückstal villages family histories
  • Glückstal villages & Glückstal parishes histories
  • Glückstal-oriented news from the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR, Lincoln, Nebraska)
  • Glückstal-oriented news from the Germans from Russia Heritage Society (GRHS, Bismarck, North Dakota)
  • Glückstal-oriented news from the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection (North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo, North Dakota)
  • News from the Landsmannschaft der Deutschen aus Russland (Stuttgart, Germany)
  • New books (Glückstal oriented) announcements and reviews
  • Glückstal-oriented news from Canada, United States, Germany and the former Soviet Union
  • Glückstal-oriented workshops, newsletters, seminars, conferences, and tours
  • Anything that concerns Germans from Russia research about the Glückstal villages

What you need:

  • Computer
  • Modem or other internet access
  • Communications software
  • E-mail access

How to subscribe:

  1. Send an e-mail message to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
  2. Send one line of text in the message section which reads: SUBSCRIBE GCRA [YOUR FIRST NAME] [YOUR LAST NAME] (For example: SUBSCRIBE GCRA STEPHAN SCHWARTZ)
  3. A welcome message and instructions will be sent to your e-mail address

Other information:

  • The list server address to use for list commands is LISTSERV@LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
  • The posting address for messages to the entire list is GCRA@LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
  • To leave the list (unsubscribe) send e-mail to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU with the following command in the body of the e-mail: SIGNOFF GCRA
  • To suspend mail temporarily without unsubscribing send e-mail to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU with the following command in the body of the e-mail: SET GCRA NOMAIL
  • To resume receiving messages send e-mail to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU with the following command in the body of the e-mail: SET GCRA MAIL

For further information contact:

    Michael M. Miller, Bibliographer & Director
    Germans from Russia Heritage Collection
    NDSU Libraries
    PO Box 6050
    Fargo ND 58108-6050
    Phone: 701-231-8416
    E-mail: Michael.Miller@ndsu.edu

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