The Glückstal Colonies Research Association (GCRA) was founded in January 1986 by Margaret Freeman and Carolyn Wheeler, aided by consultation with Art Flegel and Gwen Pritzkau. The initial mailing went out in July of 1986. The first newsletter was published in the Fall of 1987.
The purpose of the Glückstal Colony Research Association is two-fold. The first goal is to coordinate the efforts of individuals researching descendants of the Glückstal colonies. The second goal is to locate, gather, organize, and access all sources pertaining to researching descendants of the Glückstal, Neudorf, Bergdorf, Kassel, and their daughter colonies.
GCRA had its beginnings in 1987 when Margaret Freeman and Carolyn Wheeler sent out an exploratory letter asking people to join a new group for Germans from Russia, to be called the Glückstal Colonies Research Association. Designed for those who had ancestry in the Glückstal Colonies of South Russia, Margaret and Carolyn had consulted with Gwen Pritzkau and Arthur Flegel, who felt that the idea had possibilities. Margaret and Carolyn were convinced that the idea was a good one. The initial mailing offered a listing of the inhabitants of the Glückstal group of colonies, and included the pedigrees of Carolyn and Margaret, as far as they had been able to be researched. The offer of membership would include two newsletters annually, and a listing of the inhabitants of the Glückstal District (extracted from the Emigration List in Stumpp), for a $10 annual fee.
From the beginning, the aim was to be an association with input from our members. The goal was not a top-down organization, but rather one in which members would work jointly, sharing information, in order to learn more about our ancestors.
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