Sunday, December 13, 2009
I wanted to share this picture of one of my family heirlooms. When my son was a missionary in Russia, he was allowed to visit our ancestral villages. I sent him a map of Pfeifer so he could find the family home. When he found the Burghardt home he asked the Russian woman who now lives there if he could look around the place. She was gracious and then said, "I have something that belongs to you." She went in the house and brought out this cross and gave it to him. She had found it while tilling the garden spot. What a treasure! If you click on the picture it will enlarge so that you can see the details. It is about 4 inches in height with a sunburst at the intersection of the cross. Above that is a scroll. It is obviously not Russian Orthodox because it is missing the foot bar at the bottom. It is wood inlayed in iron.
If you have something you'd like to share, please email it to me so that I can add it to the blog.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
When I was younger, my uncles shared this family tradition with me. The Burghardt family in Pfeifer, Russia, was so large that they actually occupied two houses that were next door to each other. They were located across the street from the Catholic Church. At Christmas time, a line was strung from the roof of the church to that of the Burghardt home. Candles were attached to that line to decorate for Christmas. I couldn't actually picture how that would work, so I sort of brushed it off as just a good story. Many years later when I obtained a copy of a map of Pfeifer which showed the village, complete with family names labeled on the homes, I was surprized. There were indeed two houses next door to each other that belonged to a Burghardt family. They were across the street from the Catholic Church. If that part of it was true, then maybe the story about the Christmas candles was also true. Now I treasure that story as part of my family's Christmas tradition.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Rheumatic fever: Fever, swollen joints and inflammation of heart valves
Scarletina: Scarlet fever
Sugar diabetes: Diabetes mellitus
Pleurisy: Inflammation of the membrane around the lungs, often from pneumonia
Phytogenic fever: Typhoid fever
Cachexia: Wasting away from poor nutrition due to illness
Black lung: Anthracosis
Dry bellyache: Lead poisoning
Apoplexy: Sudden brain impairment, as in a stroke
Marsh fever: Malaria
Here are two more that I've found in my family research:
Dropsy: An abnormal accumulation of fluid in the body, sometimes associated with heart or kidney disease
Pott's Disease: Tuberculosis of the spine
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
3040 Homecrest Street (in the clubhouse)
West Valley City, Utah
The officers will meet at noon and the general meeting will start at 1:00 P. M. Sharon White will be the hostess.
Food assignments are:
The December 12th meeting will be at Carol Harless and Shawnette Malan’s house. There will be no Board Meeting. Everyone will meet at 12:00 noon. We will have a Christmas party. Bring a Christmas story pertaining to the Germans from Russia. The food will be a Christmas theme. We will have a gift exchange with a limit of $5.00. Karen Dellos will be in charge of games.
Bring your German recipes to the meetings. We are going to try to sell a chapter cookbook in order to raise some money.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
1. Make a list of the heirlooms in your possession. Tell the story that goes along with them, and write it down as well. Categorize them into groups, such as photos, documents, objects, etc.
2. Share any photos you have by making duplicates. Send labeled prints to other family members, then there are other pictures if something happens to the originals.
3. Organize the documents in an archival container. Dig into your memory and write down as many stories and anecdotes as you can.
4. Organize your research so that is easy to find what you need when you need it.
There are free forms availble at www.familytreemagazine.com that will help you with this project.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
I actually found my grandfather's grave on this site. If you are lucky like I was, it will even have a picture of the headstone. If it doesn't have a headstone picture, you can make a request for it and a photographer will be sent out to take one and add to the page. The section and plot number is also given. I have never visited my grandfather's grave, but now I will. It is awesome!
September 12, 2009
Retirement Community Clubhouse
3040 Homecrest Street
West Valley City, Utah
The board will meet at noon, with the general meeting at 1:00 P.M. Bring an idea for the 2011 Convention theme. We are looking for new members, so if you haven't joined our chapter, please come and join us!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
The most recent meeting of the Intermountain Chapter of AHSGR was held Saturday, August 15, 2009. During the meeting members reviewed the by-laws for the chapter and shared publications and other resources which have been useful in their research. Much discussion was held concerning the opportunity to host the 2011 National AHSGR Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. Many volunteers will be needed, and it is hoped that membership will grow in the coming months.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Just to give you some background on the last posting, I wanted to share this picture. It doesn't show the church in great detail, but you can certainly gain a feel for its beauty. The story behind it is really quite amazing. I loved it because it showed the faith of the Germans from Russia. In 1875 the first group of Germans left their home in Pfeifer, Russia, and eventually arrived in Kansas the following year. Before a church was built, the people erected a huge cross where they gathered on Sunday to worship. In 1879 their first church was built and was simpler in architecture than this one. The current church was completed in 1891. The people had contibuted to its construction with donations of wheat that was sold as well as labor by parishoners who were stone-masons and carpenters.
Just a note- the Holy Cross Church was was named one of the "8 Wonders of Kansas Architecture" by the Kansas Sampler Foundation in 2008. Donations for the restoration of the church are appreciated:
Holy Cross Charities
Pfeifer, KS 67660
In the recently published newsletter of AHSGR a letter found in the Ellis County News, Hays, Kansas, was printed. The letter from Pfeifer, Russia, to Joe Stramel in Pfeifer, Kansas, described the conditions in Russia in 1921. On a visit to Pfeifer, Kansas, I picked up a small publication on the history of their beautiful Holy Cross Church. I found the bottom picture in that publication. I'm not sure if it is the same Joe Stramel, but found the picture interesting. I took the top picture of the small post office which gives you a more complete idea of the setting. The post office was closed at the end of 2008.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Family History Expo
August 28- 29, 2009
It looks to me like there are several sessions on German research. Registration is $68 and is non-refundable. Check it out!
Monday, July 20, 2009
Bring a book of geneological interest to share with the group. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Below is a site for a video from the individual presentations made during the German-Russian conference at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, June 27, 2009. It is historic footage from a Volga German village made for Mr. Biel of Chicago, Illinois, during his visit to the area where he grew up. I found it fascinating.
Check related videos at that site for Prof. Timothy Kloberdanz on what is correct- German-Russian or Russian-German. I also found very interesting related videos dealing with why Russia's ethnic Germans choose to stay in Russia and the problems that ethnic Germans from Russia are having when they return to Germany. It gives you an insight into how they are now living. For some reason I was unable to get these to link directly from the blog.
From Ted Gerk, via the Ger-Volga mail list:
I've digitized an old book I obtained from Russia:
Kamyshinskaia operatsiia desiatoi Krasnoi Armii. Iiul' 1919 goda. S3 skhemami na otdel'nykh.
Kliuev, L 1928
It deals with the civil war and fighting between the Red and White Forces near Kamyshin and the Volga German colonies in that area. Also there is a battle map of various campaigns in Russia. They are featured at my Josefstal blog located at:
Feel free to use the material as you see fit.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
On Saturday the Intermountain Chapter of AHSGR held their May meeting. Goals and objectives of the chapter were discussed as well as the need to increase membership. Members briefly shared a story about their ancestors. As a culminating activity, a potluck lunch with several authentic German dishes was enjoyed by all. Spread the word about our new AHSGR chapter and bring someone new to the next meeting. Please check the updates on member resources and the village list.
Posted by Annette at 6:49 PM
Monday, May 25, 2009
Just a reminder that if you have pictures you'd like to share, I can post them. These pictures of my great-grandparents are quite spotted, but are still a treasure to me. They are Johann Ludwig Klamm and Anna Maria Constanz, from Warenburg, Russia. If you click on the pictures they will enlarge.
Monday, May 11, 2009
West ValleyCity, UTLink:<http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=map+of+West+Valley+City,+Utah&ie=UTF8&split=0&gl=us&ei=Q6YISuLtI4-ctgOlzKHqCA&ll=40.701529,-111.943731&spn=0.011599,0.019312&z=16>
The clubhouse is located at 3040 Homecrest Street, situated inside the AmericanHeritage Retirement Community ( a mobile park). The easiest way to access it, is to enter on Homecrest from 3100 South. The clubhouse is on the West side of the street. If you have any questions, contact Suzanne H. Dodge by email.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Microfilmed Card file: Germans from Russia
"The FHL microfilms titled BESTANDSKARTEI DER RUSLANDDEUTSCHEN,
1750-1943,(Card File of Russian Germans, 1750-1943) are described in the Family
HistoryLibrary Catalog as follows:
'Index cards of ethnic Germans in Russia, arranged alphabetically by surname. 'While not all the cards contain the same amount of information, many of them supply the given name, present address, birth place and date, place and date of death, earlier and present citizenship, place of origin, year of emigration, and the names of ancestors who first emigrated from Germany; places of residence in Russia; year of migration from Russia, earlier occupation and later activities; religion,whether pedigrees exist; name, places and dates of birth, marriage, and death, occupation for spouse; names birthplaces and dates for children; and documentary sources."
Antoni-Bastian, Alexander 1335723
Blajeff-Bleeck, Alfred 1335725
Bleeck, Alfred-Braun, Ida 1335726
Braun, Ida - Busse, Arthur 1335727
Busse, Arthur - Dietrich 1457135
Esch-Fischer, Joseph 1528981
Fischer, Joseph - Fritz, Eliz.1528982
Fritz, Eliz. - Geissler 1528983
The list goes on through the alphabet with the last entry being Zimmerman,C. - Zyres.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
This is my grandmother, Catharina Elisabeth Klamm Burghardt, known as Mary or Katie. She was born in Warenburg, Russia, on November 1, 1885. She died October 21,1918, from the Spanish Flu during the pandemic, just before her 33rd birthday. At the time she had nine children.
I just wanted you to see that I can add pictures to this blog if you have things you want to share.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Beratz, Gottleib, The German Colonies on the Lower Volga, their Origin and Development
Giesinger, Adam, From Catherine to Khrushchev, The Story of Russia's Germans
Kloberdanz, Timothy J. and Rosalinda, Thunder on the Steppe, Volga German Folklife
Koch, Fred C., The Volga Germans
Walters, George J., Wir Wollen Deutsche Bleiben, We Want to Remain German, The Story of the Volga Germans
Kuche Kochen by AHSGR
Favorite Recipes by AHSGR Southern Nevada Chapter
Stille Nacht, CD and Song Book by Salem Congregational Church
Gott Is Die Liebe, CD and Song Book by Salem Congregational Church
The German Singers, Disc 1 and 2
1798 Census of the German Colonies Along the Volga, by Brent Alan Mai
Warenburg census: 1834, 1850, 1857
Laub census: 1834, 1850, 1857
Dinkel census: 1834, 1850
Straub census: 1850, 1857
Pleve, Igor,Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767 (first settlers list): Volume 1, Volume 4
Sinner, Peter, Germans in the Land of the Volga
Adams, Willi Paul Adams, The GERMAN-AMERICANS An Ethnic Experience
Wandler, Diane J., Handbook For Researching Family Roots (With emphasis on German-Russian Heritage.)Long, James, the German-Russians, a Bibliography
Gilbert, Martin, Atlas of Russian History (This has some great maps that refer to things which affected the German colonies in Russia.)
Pfeifer census: 1767, 1834, 1857
Weidenweber, Sigrid, The Volga Germans
Kirchner, Walter, A History of Russia
Koch, Fred C., The Volga Germans
Walters, George J., Wir Wollen Deutsche Bleiben
Anuta, Michael J., Ships of our Ancestors
Weidenweber, Sigrid, Catherine
Pozner, Vladimir, Parting with Illusions
AHSGR, Kuche Kochen
2005 Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
2006 Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Journal of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia:
1983 Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
1984 Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
1991 Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
1992 Spring, Fall, Winter
1993 Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
1994 Spring, Summer, Winter
1996 Summer, Fall
1997 Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
1998 Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
1999 Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
2000 Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
2001 Spring, Summer, Winter
2002 Spring, Summer/Fall, Winter
2003 Spring, Summer
1979, Part 1 & 2
1980, Part 1 & 2
1981, Part 1 & 2
1982, Part 1 & 2
1983, Part 1 & 2
1984, Part 1 & 2
1985, Part 1 & 2
1986, Part 1 & 2
1987, Part 1 & 2
1988, Part 1 & 2
1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, part 2
1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005
German Geneological Digest:
1985 (4), 1986 (4), 1987 (2nd Quarter)
President- Carol Harless
President Elect- Bill Dellos
Geneology Chairman- Gwenn Oryall
Recording Secretary- Sharon White
Treasurer- Shirley Ansley
Historian- Annette Reynolds
VP for Publications- Suzanne Heinitz-Dodge
The World Gen Web
The Genealogy Page
The Genealogy Home Page
National Genealogical Society
National Archives and Records Administration
Kingwood College Library
Genealogy Exchange & Surname Registry
Genealogy Book Shop
Federation of European Family History Societiy
Family Tree Maker
Cyndi\'s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Balzer: Heisht, Kehm
Laub: Flach, Reitz, Schuman
Warenburg: Baum, Becker, Constanz, Fertig, Gobel, Hammel, Kaiser, Kisling, Muller, Nickel, Rau, Ries, Seibert, Schiffman, Valentin, Weiershausen, Werner, Zimmerman, Zeichman
Pfeifer: Burghardt, Kissner
Warenburg: Braun, Constanz, Gobel, Klamm, Lehman, Miller/Muller, Neiman/Neumann, Reis/Ries, Schafer, Schmidt, Seibert
Pat and Shirley Ansley
Hussenbach: Scheideman, Starkel (Staiker), Brill
Bill and Karen Dellos
Darrell and Dee Hert
Surnames/ German Origins/ Russian Village
Baron/ Salzburg/ Kamenka
Deckert/ Zell /Mueller
Hartman/ Seligenstadt/ Kamenka, Driespitz
Heinitz/ Sacksen/ Holstein, Eckheim
Kaul,Kahl/ Buedingen/ Kamenka
Keil/ Bobenhausen, Zwei/ Mueller, Eckheim
Milberger, Muehlberger/ Kurpfalz, Meisenheim/ Grimm, Eckheim
Schaefer/ Oberramstadt/ Kamenka
Schwerdt/ Ober Ramstadt/ Kamenka
Stadler/ Aschaffenburg/ Kamenka
Vogler/ ?/ Holstein
Lee Ann Schlager
Dee and Darrell Hert
Alexanderdorf: Hert, Herdt, Stark, and Gable
Kolb: Benzel, Koch, and Achziger
Kautz: Benzel, Koch
Neu Messer: Schmidt
Walter: Wiederspahn, Schoessler, Alles, Diehl, Bartholowmeu
Salmunster: Schmidt, Auhl, and Wiederspahn
Swaben: Alles, Sommer