Type of Settlement: Daughter

Founded: 1896

Religion: Lutheran

Wolost: Kondratowka

District: Tiraspol

Province: Cherson

Other Names and Spellings:

Ukrainian: Топік

Russian: Топик

Current Name:

Topyk, Odessa Oblast, Ukraine


47.5298, 29.7577

History of the Colony

Topik was founded on leased land in about 1896.

It was a part of the Bergdorf Lutheran Parish with a school that taught on average 24 students each year between 1908 and 1912 [OdKal].

Topik did not show up on maps until the 1940s, where it was noted as a chutor [Retromap-1940-14194016].


The first birth/baptisms recorded there was in 1897 and the first death in 1907 [BSGR,]. The GCRA Points-of-Origin [Glückstal-2021] notes the following surnames of families having resided in Topik: Ahl, Bender, Hoffman, Leicht, Merkel, Stückelmaier, and Teske.

The EWZ files and donated pedigrees in the Black Sea German Research [BSGR] database echo the Points-of-Origin and also link the families to other Glückstal colonies:

Surname Colonies mentioned in records in addition to Topik

Bender, Hafner, Erlenbusch Bergdorf, Hoffnungstal, Marienheim

Dockter Neudorf, Marienberg

Hafner, Lang, Schwindt Bergdorf, Kassel, Seebach

Leicht, Scheufele, Merkel Bergdorf, Hermannstal

Merkel, Job Marienberg, Neudorf

Schmidt, Fischer, Huber Bergdorf, Glückstal, Marienheim

Stückelmaier, Schnaidt (Schneid?) Glückstal, Hermannstal

Teske, Leicht, Lämmle Bergdorf, Marienberg


Year Pop.

1904 50

1908 105

1909 105

1910 105

1911 105

Village Elders

1908 Johannes Hafer

1909-1910 Christ. Schmitt

1911 ?


Bergdorf Lutheran Parish

1908-1910, 1912 Friedrich Rödel

1911 ?


[BSGR] – “Black Sea German Research.” Website. n.d.

[Glückstal-2004] – Rudolf, Homer ed. The Glückstalers in New Russia and North America: A Bicentennial Collection of History, Genealogy and Folklore. Pierre, SD: State Pub. & Printing, 2004.

[Glückstal-2021] – Glückstal Colonies Research Association. Glückstal Colonies Research Association 2021 Data Drive. Frisco, TX, 2021.

[Mertens]Mertens, Ulrich, Allyn Brosz, Alex Herzog, and Thomas Stangl. German-Russian handbook: a reference book for Russian German and German Russian history and culture with place listings of former German settlement areas. Fargo, ND: Germans from Russia Heritage Collection (GRHC) Publications. 2010. Digitized version.

[OdKal] Neuer Haus- und Landwirthschaftskalender für deutsche Aussiedler in südlicher Russland auf das Jahr ... [New house and farming calendar for German emigrants in Southern Russia for the year ...] Odessa: Druck und Verlag von L. Nitzsche, [published 1863-1915]. Digitized versions of 1906, 1909, 1910 and 1913.

[Retromap-1940-14194016] – 1940 Map of the Red Army (RKKA) [Composite map of the European part of the USSR with variable scale with sheets from 1936-1947 on scales from 1:100,000 to 1:4,000,000.] Digital repository:

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