External Links

General Guides 

Glückstal Colonies Research Association Books and DVD

Genealogy Resource Directory - Ellis Island Search Forms, Ship Arrivals, Census and Index Links

Glückstal Colonies Research Association's traveling exhibit

History of the Glückstal Colonies

Surnames Found in the St. Petersburg Records


Germans from Russia Settlement Locations

U.S. Dept. of the Interior - Bureau of Land Management
- Search Federal Land Patent Databases

Germans from Russia Color Maps Showing the Districts and the Villages Contained in Each
- The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection revisied and updated German village maps featuring color circles for easy identification.

Topographic Maps - Ukraine

Handwriting Guides

Handwriting Guide - German Gothic - Family History Library web site.  This guide introduces common Gothic letters, type, and handwriting used in German records.

Alte Deutsche Handschriften /Old German Handwritten Scripts
- This web site is a useful resource page for learning old German script.

Learn Suetterlin - the "German Handwriting"
- In the 20th century, Gothic script has also been known as the Sütterlin script and this website gives much information.

Language Resources and Handwriting Helps

Glückstal Family Web Sites

Bieber Family - This site contains information on Biebers from Russia.  It contains much of the work of the late Rev. Martin Bieber as well as other genealogy resources.

Boschee Family
- Family news, photos, and family history of the Boschee and related families

Hoffer Family
- Hoffer Genealogy Home Site: Family migration from Niederseebach / Weissenbourg, France to Neudorf/ Od. S. Russia to North Dakota, USA

Raile Family
- Genealogy information about the Raile family.

Roll Family
- Genealogy information about the Roll family - created by Mitch Roll

Germans from Russia Organizations & Genealogy Web Sites - of interest to genealogists with German-Russian roots

AHSGR (American Historical Society of Germans From Russia) - An international organization dedicated to the discovery, collection, preservation, and dissemination of information related to the history, cultural heritage and genealogy of Germanic Settlers in the Russian Empire and their descendants."

FEEFHS (Federation of East European Family History Societies) - Central (German, Swiss) and East European genealogy site with an index of the over 800,000 Central and East European surnames, locations and other unique words in 5500+ files .

GRHC (Germans From Russia Heritage Collection) - The mission of the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is to collect, document, preserve, exhibit, translate, publish, promote and make accessible resources on the culture, history, folklore, foodways and textiles & clothing of the Germans from Russia, particularly Bessarabian Germans, Black Sea Germans, Crimean Germans, Dobrudscha Germans and Volhynian Germans and their descendants in North Dakota and the Northern Plains.

GRHS (Germans From Russia Heritage Society) - Its purpose is to bring together people who are interested in discovering the common history unique to Germanic-Russian ethnics and to preserve the many elements of their rich heritage.  The Society collects, lists, and catalogues published materials and personal documents that tell of the European migrations and exodus to the United States and Canada and also of the pioneer life on the plains.

Odessa3 (A Germans-Russian Genealogical Library) - Odessa Digital Library. A state-of-the-art, on-line, digital library supporting genealogical research focused on Germans from Russia. The Library provides a browseable and searchable repository of film indices and research documents that users may download and index in their own personal full text retrieval systems. All documents in the Library are copyrighted, but may be freely used for personal, nonprofit purposes.

Page last updated 24 November 2019


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