Type of Settlement: Daughter
Other Names and Spellings:
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, www.blackseagr.org....mybirthplace=Topik]. 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
1908 Johannes Hafer
1909-1910 Christ. Schmitt
Bergdorf Lutheran Parish
1908-1910, 1912 Friedrich Rödel
[BSGR] – “Black Sea German Research.” Website. n.d. www.blackseagr.org/.
[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: retromap.ru/14194016
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