Publications 

The Glückstal Colonies Research Association (GCRA) has published many books since its inception. The list here is a catalog of those published by GCRA as well as other materials specifically Glückstal colonies related that may help you in researching your family and gaining a better understanding of your Germans from Russia heritage.

To find out what libraries near you have these items in their holdings for public use, click on the WorldCat link and enter your zip code if necessary.

While limited materials are available for purchase directly from GCRA, most items are available from the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection (GHRC) in Fargo, North Dakota. Links are given to items available from the American Germans from Russia Heritage Society (AHSGR) and the Germans from Russia Heritage Society (GRHS), where you may also purchase select items at a discount with membership in those societies. 

All prices shown do not include shipping and handling unless specifically stated. 


Anthology & Research

Available from: 

GRHC $68 

GRHS $68 members

$80 non-members


The Glückstalers in New Russia and North America: A Bicentennial Collection of History, Genealogy & Folklore

Date: 2004

Author/Editor: Homer Rudolf, Editor

Publisher: Glückstal Colonies Research Association, Redondo Beach, California

Format: Hardback book, 2 CD-ROMs, and documentary available on DVD

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This volume contains 800 pages of translated and original material that describe how German immigrants made a perilous trip to Russia to settle near the Black Sea in Ukraine and Moldova and claimed it as their new homeland. The story continues with those who remained in Russia to endure the Terror Years, the banishment to the gulag, and those who took on the challenges of pioneering on the American Plains. In addition to the book, 2 CD-ROMs of material is included along with the original documentary, Heaven Is Our Homeland: The Glückstallers of New Russia and North America, in either VHS or DVD format. 

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This package is simply a "must have" for all Glückstal Colonies descendants. 


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GRHC $68 

GRHS $68 members

$80 non-members


The Glückstalers in New Russia, the Soviet Union, and North America

Date: 2008

Author/Editor: Homer Rudolf, Editor

Publisher: Glückstal Colonies Research Association, Redondo Beach, California

Format: Hardback book plus DVD.

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This volume contains 756 pages of well researched and translated material purchased and prepared since the publication of the GCRA Bicentennial book in 2004. New subjects this time around are articles on the Polish period en route to Russia, the migration to Russia, the early arrivals to North America, several articles on individual memories of the Trek from those who survived the experience, articles on trips to Russia over the years, an exhaustive listing of recently available martyrology records, numerous post 1885 church records, more EWZ records, passenger lists, GEDCOM lists organized by family names, and much more. Some of this data is on the searchable DVD bundled in the envelope on the back cover of the book.

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GRHC $55 


Collectivization in the Soviet Union: German Letters to America, 1927-1932

Date: 2012

Author/Editor: Compiled with commentary by Janice Huber Stangl

Publisher: Glückstal Colonies Research Association in cooperation with the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo, North Dakota

Format: Hardback

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This work presents a more humanistic view of life in the former German colonist villages of South Russia during the earliest years of the Soviet Union. Most of the letters were written by village correspondents to German-language newspapers published in the United States. The earlier letters contain many names, places and family events. Censorship by the Soviet regime in the late 1920s and early 1930s had become ever more oppressive.




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Points-of-Origin

Date: 2015

Author/Editor: Margaret Freeman and Gwen Pritzkau. Revised, Edited and Expanded by Thomas A. Stangl. 

Publisher: Glückstal Colonies Research Association, Frisco, Texas

Format: Thumb drive or DVD


This updated Points-of-Origin is a list of authenticated origins of people living in the Glückstal Colonies. It is the result of several decades of continuing research, collecting, and refining information. Points-of-Origin was originally published in 2004 on the CD-ROM, Disc #1, which accompanied the book The Glückstalers in New Russia and North America. They were republished in 2008 on the DVD which accompanied the book The Glückstalers in New Russia, the Soviet Union, and North America. These 2008 records have been extensively revised by the Editor based on new information obtained after 2004 and 2008. New records have bee added for surnames not in the 2004 and 2008 files. Included is a 2070 page searchable document in addition to over 100 images of passports, and more. 

Quantities of this item is limited and only available from the Glückstal Colonies Research Association. Contact Duane Stabler for availability and cost. 



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GRHC $78 


Researchers Guide to McPherson County, South Dakota Cemeteries

Date: 2005

Author/Editor: Selma Job Lapp and Keenan L. Stoecker. Duane E. Stabler, Editor.

Publisher: Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo, North Dakota

Format: Softcover

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A six-year effort by Selma Job Lapp, Keenan L. Stoecker and Duane E. Stabler, documenting the cemeteries of McPherson County, South Dakota along with thousands of individuals buried along with what details that could be found about them. Eureka, South Dakota was a frequent destination for Glückstal emigrants who arrived in the area before seeking out their homestead in McPherson County and neighboring counties. The book consists of 472 pages includes maps, postcard images, and data. 

Censuses & Church Records


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GRHC out of stock


Glückstal Colonies Births and Marriages 1833-1900

Date: 1997

Author/Editor: Compiled and Edited by Harold M. Ehrman for the Glückstal Colonies Research Association

Publisher: Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo, North Dakota

Format: Softcover

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Birth and marriage records extracted extracted from St. Petersburg Consistory Records filmed by the Family History Libraries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). Includes father, mother, child, date, place and source reference or note. FHL film numbers for each extraction. 

German translation available: Glückstal Kolonien Geburten und Eheschließungen 1833-1900. 

 


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GRHC $65 


Glückstal Colonies Deaths 1833-1900

Date: 1998

Author/Editor: Compiled and Edited by Harold M. Ehrman for the Glückstal Colonies Research Association

Publisher: Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo, North Dakota

Format: Softcover

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Death records extracted from St. Petersburg Consistory Records filmed by the Family History Libraries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). Includes FHL film numbers for each extraction. 

German translation available: Glückstal Kolonien Todesfalle 1833-1900. 

 



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Glückstal 1858 Census

Date: 1998

Author/Editor: Translation by Karl Hoffman, Margaret Aman Freeman and Harold Ehrman 

Publisher: Document Publishing Center, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota

Format: Softcover

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Government Archive from Kherson District, Fond 22, Writing 1, Case 66, First Edition

Revision list for the Glückstal Colony, Tiraspol Area for the year 1858. Started 13 May 1858 and finished 1858.

Translated and prepared by the Glückstal Colonies Research Association for the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska, and the Germans from Russia Heritage Society, Bismarck, North Dakota. 

Glückstal 1858 Census

Date: 1998

Publisher: A joint project of GRHS and AHSGR as coordinated by the GRHS Clearing House. 

Format: Softcover, spiral bound

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Census was taken 13 May 1858. The contents of this book replicates the raw Russian-language census in the two-page format: for each household the male data is on the left side, and female data is on the right side. 


Kassel 1858 Census

Date: 1998

Publisher: A joint project of GRHS and AHSGR as coordinated by the GRHS Clearing House. 

Format: Softcover, spiral bound

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Census was taken 16 May 1858. The contents of this book replicates the raw Russian-language census in the two-page format: for each household the male data is on the left side, and female data is on the right side. 


Neudorf 1858 Census

Date: 1998

Publisher: A joint project of GRHS and AHSGR as coordinated by the GRHS Clearing House. 

Format: Softcover, spiral bound

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Census was taken 14 May 1858. The contents of this book replicates the raw Russian-language census in the two-page format: for each household the male data is on the left side, and female data is on the right side. 


Hoffnungstal 1858 Census

Date: 1998

Publisher: A joint project of GRHS and AHSGR as coordinated by the GRHS Clearing House. 

Format: Softcover, spiral bound

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Census was taken 29 April 1858.The contents of this book replicates the raw Russian-language census in the two-page format: for each household the male data is on the left side, and female data is on the right side. [Although not a Glückstal colony, there were many ties between Hoffnungstal and the Glückstal Colonies.]


Memoir & Village

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GRHC out of stock

Marienberg: Schicksal eines Dorfes—Fate of a Village 

Date: 2003

Author/Editor: Johann Bollinger and Janice Huber Stangl. Harold Ehrman, Editor

Publisher: Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo, North Dakota

Format: Softcover or hardcover

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Marienberg was a daughter colony of the Glückstal mother colony, Bergdorf. The volume includes letters written from 1915-1933 by Marienberg residents to relatives in America, which chronicle everyday life in the Glückstal Colonies area.

In addition, letters which were sent to North America and published in German language newspapers, have been transcribed and translated to English, by Homer Rudolf and Janice Huber Stangl. These are of historical importance, as they describe the difficulties and the plight of our relatives in Ukraine during the starvation years from World War I to the early 1930s.

Through all the hardships, there was still humor. Some letters have "tongue in cheek" humor and clever adages. Several letters sent to America were humorous stories written in Bergdorf dialect. Stories of brauching (faith healing), strong women, mischievous boys, and raucous fests, tell us that they truly are our people (Unsere Leute).



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GRHC $30


How the East Was Won 

Date: 2008

Author/Editor: Alfred Opp

Publisher: Glückstal Colonies Research Association, Redondo Beach, California

Format: Softcover

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A collection of stories an memories by author, Alfred Opp. Stories include memories of summer kitchens, using Mischt for fuel, Schwabian burial customs, Easter, Christmas food, tailor-made clothes, and many other stories.


Table of Contents: 1) How the East Was Won; 2) Land and Estates; 3) In the Shadow of Time; 4) Spiritual Life; 5) Holidays; 6) Special Childhood Memories; 7) War Costs More than Money; 8) The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; 9) The Aftermath of the War; 10) A New Life.


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Pawns on the World Stage 

Date: 2007

Author/Editor: Alfred Opp

Publisher: Glückstal Colonies Research Association, Redondo Beach, California

Format: Softcover

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This autobiographical memoir details the path of the Opp family of Teplitz, Bessarabia, through war-torn Europe in the 1940s to a new life in Canada. Author Alfred Opp traces his ancestry back to Urbanus Opp who came to South Russia in 1807 and was one of the early Glückstal settlers, arriving after a stay in Hungary. The quest for freedom and a decent life had led the Opp ancestors to South Russia, and now the same quest propelled Alfred Opp and his family forward.


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GRHC $30

Our Roots Grew Deep in the Russen Soil 

Date: 2009

Author/Editor: Alfred Opp

Publisher: Glückstal Colonies Research Association, Redondo Beach, California

Format: Softcover

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In this, his third book, Alfred Opp continues to reveal the culture of his ancestors, from the pioneer years of Teplitz, Bessarabia to the deportation of 1940. This book both a tender remembrance of the nurturing family he knew as a young child growing up in Teplitz, Bessarabia, and a frank recounting of the effects of WWII on the lives of everyday people caught in the war. It is a story of fortitude, courage and triumph.


Table of Contents: 1) Prologue; 2) Pioneer Days in Teplitz; 3) Childhood Memories; 4) Church Life in Teplitz; 5) Village Life; 6) Myth of a Dark Night; 7) Uprooted - 1940; 8) Welcome Home; 9) Growing New Roots In a New Land; 10) The Language of Bessarabia.



Glückstal Colonies Research Association Newsletter




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Glückstal Colonies Research Association Newsletter Archive

Date: 1987-present

Editors/Production: Margaret Freeman; Carolyn Wheeler; Velma Jesser; Homer Rudolf; Lynn Fauth, Ph.D.; and Bob Schauer.

Format: Paper 8 1/2 x 11 inches. Digital archive of newsletters from 1987-2020 coming soon.

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The Glückstal Colonies Research Association Newsletter has been published twice a year since 1987.

There is a wealth of information about your Glückstal Colonies ancestors in these past newsletters. Updated indexes are now available to help with your research. 

The Article Listing, Sorted by Issue, Volumes 1-33 is an updated listing of all the articles in volumes 1-33. Whenever credited in the Newsletter, the author is also cited. The list was originally compiled by Homer Rudolf (2009) and updated by Bob Schauer (2021).

Each Newsletter has a surname index. There are two indexes of articles that are sorted by surname. The first is the Newsletter Surname Index, Sorted by Surname, Volumes 1-33. This index is sorted by surname and references in which issue and on which page numbers you'll find the surname. The second is the Newsletter Surname Index, Sorted by Issue, Volumes 1-33. This index is sorted first by issue and then by surnames appearing in that issue, including the page numbers on which you'll find the surname. 

Once you find the issues with the articles or surnames you're researching, you may purchase those issues from GCRA. A digital archive of newsletters from 1987-2020 will be available soon.

Available only from the Glückstal Colonies Research Association. Contact us for availability and cost. 

Colony Maps

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Bergdorf (mother colony)

Date: 2000

Author/Editor: Prepared and reproduced by Ferdinand Maier and Melvin G. Maier, 1996. Further corrected by Ferdinand Maier and Gary Maier, February 2000.

Format: Paper 15 1/2 by 36 inches


Village map of mother colony Bergdorf. Founded 1808-1810. 1,790 residents. Village abandoned in 1944.


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GRHC $8

Neu-Berlin: Village Map During the Years 1925-1944

Date: 1956

Author/Editor: T. Eippert

Format: Paper 18 by 24 inches


Village map of daughter colony Neu-Berlin/Berlin. 218 families, 141 homes and yards.


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GRHC $8

Glückstal: Village Map During the Years 1941-1944

Date: nd

Author/Editor: Johann Stotz

Format: Paper 23 1/2 by 32 inches


Village map of mother colony Glückstal during the yearrs 1941-1944.


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GRHC $8

Hoffnungstal for 1944 

Date: nd

Author/Editor: 

Format: Paper 18 by 20 inches


Village map of the colony of Hoffnungstal, Odessa District. [Although not a Glückstal colony, there were many ties between Hoffnungstal and the Glückstal Colonies.]


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GRHC $8

Kassel (version A): August 1989 (mother colony)

Date: 1989

Author/Editor: Emil Eberhard

Format: Paper 18 by 24 inches


Village map of mother colony Kassel. Veliko Komarovka (name of city in Ukraine today).


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Marienberg (includes Bergdorf and neighborhood)

Date: nd

Author/Editor: unknown

Format: Paper 18 by 24 inches. Also available laminated.


No other information given. 


Available from

GRHC $8

Marienberg, Okna Rayon, Odessa Gebiet, circa early 1940s (daughter colony)

Date: 2003

Author/Editor: Johann Bollinger

Format: Paper 18 by 24 inches


Village map of daughter colony Marienberg as published in the book Marienberg: Schicksal eines Dorfes—Fate of a Village.


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GRHC $8

Neu-Glückstal, 1930 (daughter colony)

Date: nd

Author/Editor: Dr. Richard Walth

Format: Paper 18 by 25 inches. 


Village map of daughter colony Neu-Glückstal. Founded 1860. Persons in village: 519 in 1914, 675 in 1926, 785 in 1944. Village size: 1.8 kilometers long and .8 kilometers wide. Prepared by Dr. Richard Walth, Bruehl, Germany.


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Klein Neudorf: Village map from 1944 

Date: nd

Author/Editor: A. Bittner

Format: Paper 17 1/2 by 23 1/2 inches. 


Village map of daughter colony Klein Neudorf from 1944.


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Neudorf

Date: nd

Author/Editor: M. Wangenmann

Format: Paper 23 1/2 by 34 inches


Village map of mother colony Neudorf.


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Saratov/Balitzki (Odessa Region)

Date: c. 1943

Author/Editor: Johann and Anetta Stroh

Format: Paper 18 by 24 inches


Village map of daughter colony Saratov/Balitzki in the Glückstal District, South Russia. Circa 1943, 62 farms, 65 families, 298 people. Map prepared by Johann and Anetta Stroh, Germany. 


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Seebach (Luncha), by Birsula (Kotovski), Ukraine

Date: 2001

Author/Editor: Thomas A. Stangl with assistance from Adolfh Mainhardt

Format: Paper 16 by 20 inches


Prepared by Thomas A. Stangl, copyright 2001, with assistance from Adolph Mainhardt, son of Philipp, Metterzimmern, Bietgheim-Bissingen, Württemberg, Germany, June 2001.


Children's Books

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Sophie's Grandma

Date: 2017

Author/Editor: Barbara (Geiger) Horn. Illustrated by Heidi Spring. 

Publisher: Glückstal Colonies Research Association, Bookmobile Craft Digital, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Format: Hardcover

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Sophie, as anthropomorphized by a little bear, is introduced to her ancestral heritage by her grandmother. Sophie’s grandparents and great-grandparents came to the United States from German colonies established in South Russia.Young readers and listeners of similar heritage will appreciate learning about this sweep of history during the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Documentary

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GRHC $30 

GRHS $30 


Heaven Is Our Homeland: The Glückstalers in New Russia and North America

Date: 2005

Author/Editor: Bob Dambach, Homer Rudolf, Allyn R Brosz, Janice Huber Stangl, and Thomas Stangl

Publisher: Glückstal Colonies Research Association, Redondo Beach, California

Format: DVD, 60 minutes

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The four villages known as the Glückstal Colonies were established northwest of Odessa in 1809-1810. However, the earliest of these immigrants had already arrived in July, 1804. Eventually 106 families were settled in Glückstal in the spring of 1809. The first 100 families of Neudorf arrived in 1808-1809.

These families lived with other settlers at three different locations before establishing Neudorf in the spring of 1810. In the same spring, the 68 families of Bergdorf (who arrived in 1808-1809) and the 99 families of Kassel (who arrived in the fall of 1809) were also settled.

Glückstalers began the migration to North America in 1874, first settling in Hutchinson County, Dakota Territory. Later they moved north and west as the railroads were completed and land became available. Migration continued to Western Canada, the Pacific Northwest and California. Today, descendants of these Glückstal Colonies are found throughout the United States and Canada, parts of Europe, particularly Germany, in Australia, and in the former Soviet Union.


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