The Glückstal Colonies Research Association offers a wealth of information on our Research page. GCRA is here to guide you in your research by offering what we have collected in the past 30+ years. Here you will find links to the latest GCRA research releases, research source guides on a number of topics, a master bibliography for this website, external sites, videos, surname lists, tips for getting started, and more.
We offer information from a large number of authoritative sources in which there are sometimes inconsistencies. It is left to you, the researcher, to determine what is correct from the various sources presented.
Tracking Your Research
National Genealogical Society – Free Charts and Templates
Midwest Genealogy Center – Family History Forms
Cyndi's List – Printable Charts and Forms
10 days behind the Gregorian Calendar from 15 October 1582 to 18 February 1700
11 days behind the Gregorian Calendar from 19 February 1700 to 17 February 1800
12 days behind the Gregorian Calendar from 18 February 1800 to 16 February 1900
13 days behind the Gregorian Calendar from 17 February 1900 to 31 March 1918
The Imperial Russian Empire used the Julian Calendar until 1918. The dates in the research guides for events in Russia, unless specifically noted, are Old Style dates. The change to the Gregorian Calendar in Russia took place on 1 February 1918, which was changed to be 14 February.
Many Orthodox traditions did not accept the Revised Julian calendar, and continue to celebrate Christmas on 25 December in the Julian calendar, which is 7 January on the Gregorian calendar until the year 2100.
Steve Morse's one-step page Converting between Julian and Gregorian Calendar in One Step is handy for quick conversions.
Typing the Extra German Letters
Google Translate is both a webpage a part of Google's Chrome Browser. Chrome senses webpages that are not your default language and asks if you want them translated. It can also be set to automatically translate web pages of any language you tell it to. Google Translate works with Google Lens on Android devices (smartphones and tablets) so you can use an Android device to do real-time translation of documents, signs, maps, etc., and copy and save the text for later.
DeepL was developed in Germany and is better at correctly translating some nuances of the languages than Google Translate, particularly the German language. DeepL is a webpage. It also offers an application for Mac that automatically brings up the app and translates text when you type "Command+c+c."
2021 Research Releases
2021 Data Drive
GCRA Newsletter Archive
Research Source Guides
The "Research Source Guide: Glückstal Colonies" is a list of Glückstal Colonies related bibliographies, timelines and important documents in chronological order from circa 550 to 1977.
The "Research Source Guide: Germans from Russia" is a list of general Germans from Russia bibliographies, timelines and important documents in chronological order from circa 550 to 1977. It covers all areas of Russia and is of interest to anyone researching Germans from Russia.
The "Research Source Guide: Settlements in Russia, North America & South America" includes areas of origin, lists of colonies in Russia by area, and sources listing settlements in North America and South America.
The "Research Source Guide: Maps Related to Germans from Russia" is a list of maps in printed sources or on websites.
Births, Marriages, Deaths
There are several places where you can obtain Glückstal colonies births, marriages, and deaths (BMDs). The original translations from the St. Petersburg Archive live on Odessa3 and were later published in hardcopy and are available at the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection bookstore. The GCRA Points-of-Origin file contain BMDs, but narrative format rather than in record format. Harold Ehrman's now defunct site also had BMDs in family group format. The most recent translation of the St. Petersburg records were done by the Black Sea German Research group from the images that were filmed and available at FamilySearch. Notably with the BSGR translations, there are notations of corrections, changes, and additional information not included in prior extracts.
2023 Glückstal Parish Births-Marriages-Deaths (St. Petersburg) with links to images on FamilySearch. Translated and compiled by Black Sea German Research (BSGR): Births-Marriages (Surnames A–H, I–P, Q–Z), Deaths (Surnames A–K, L–Z), Female to Male Index, Variant Spelling Index (free)
2021 GCRA Points of Origin available from GCRA
2017 Harold Ehrman's Site. Harold's site is defunct, but an archived copy of it lives on the Wayback Machine of the Internet Archive. The link to his Glückstal, Neudorf, Bergdorf and Kassel Families page is here. (free)
1997/1998 GCRA Births, Marriage and Deaths compilations available from the bookstore at GRHC.
1996 Odessa3, St. Petersburg Archives, Glückstal (free)
Image and Photo Galleries
GCRA Monument in Glückstal — On 24 May 2002, the Glückstal Colonies Research Association erected and dedicated a monument in the former colony of Glückstal to honor all of our ancestors who were born, lived and died there.
Churches — A collection of images and photos related to churches. Time period: circa 1845–2019.
Confirmations — A collection of images and photos related to confirmations. Time period: TBD.
Weddings — A collection of wedding images and photos. Time period: TBD.
Funerals & Obituaries — A collection of images and photos of funerals and obituaries. Time period: TBD.
School Days — A collection of images and photos related to schools. Time period: TBD.
Military — A collection of photos of Glückstalers and their descendants who served in the military in Czarist Russia, Soviet Russia, Germany, Canada, and the United States. Time period: circa 1877–1960s.
Advertising: Travel to the Americas — A collection of period images of advertisements and ephemera related to travel from Russia to the Americas. Time period: circa 1892–1934.
Advertising: Farm Implements — A collection of period images advertising equipment and tools related to farming.
GCRA Collection at GRHC
The Glückstal Colonies Research Association (GCRA) Collection at the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection (GRHC) at the North Dakota State University Libraries in Fargo, ND, is an archival collection of genealogical research files. It was created by individual members of the GCRA and other researchers and donated to the GRHC. It includes general family surname files, files relating to Germans from Russia who lived in Glückstal, periodicals, maps, and books about genealogy relating to people of German descent. The collection has a finding aid and a booklist you can consult prior to visiting the GRHC in Fargo.
Glückstal Family Websites
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
Ehrman Family – Harold Ehrman's webpage of Ehrman and Glückstal colonies research. (archived link)
Eisenbeisz Family – Site by Clyde Eisenbeis.
Raile Family- Genealogy information about the Raile family.
Roll Family- Genealogy information about the Roll family - created by Mitch Roll
Schnaidt Family – Jacob Schnaidt Family Collection, hosted at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD.
Organizations & Genealogy Web Sites
American Historical Society of Germans From Russia (AHSGR) - 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."
Black Sea German Research – A free, volunteer-run website that is focused entirely on the Black Sea Germans of South Russia. They have a vast library of documents, translations, photos, maps, as well as a genealogy database comprised of donated GEDCOMs and indexes of EWZ files, town books, and much of the Dale Wahl collection. The site is updated weekly with new information.
Bessarabiendeutscher Verein e.V. (Bessarabian German Association) - A German organization in Stuttgart focused on Germans who settled in Bessarabia and Dobrudscha.
Die Dobrudscha – A German organization focused on the German settlements in the historic region of Dobrudscha (Romania and Bulgaria today) between 1840 and 1940.
Federation of East European Family History Societies (FEEFHS) - 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 .
Germans From Russia Heritage Collection (GRHC) - 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.
Germans From Russia Heritage Society (GRHS) - 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 is a state-of-the-art, on-line, digital library supporting genealogical research focused on Germans from Russia. The Library provides a browsable 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.
Society of German Genealogy in Eastern Europe (SGGEE) - SGGEE devoted to the study of those people with German ancestry who lived in present-day Poland and northwestern Ukraine. Special emphasis is placed on those who lived in the pre-WW I province of Volhynia (generally from the city of Kiev on the east to the present-day Polish border on the west) and on the pre-WW I region of central and eastern modern Poland known as Russian Poland or Congress Poland.
South Dakota Germans from Russia Cultural Center - Housed at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, "Our mission is to preserve the history and heritage of South Dakota Germans from Russia. Located at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, we host collections of documents, relics and recorded oral history interviews. We also feature temporary exhibits highlighting the lifestyle, religion and education of German-Russian culture."
The Volga Germans – The Volga Germans website serves as a global online home for family and historical research of this unique ethnic group that migrated from Western Europe to Russia from 1764 to 1767. It is a free site, volunteer-run site, and actively updated.
Some Germans who went onto settle in the western part of the Russian Empire sometimes first settled in areas of the Austria-Hungary Empire. The sites below may be helpful for researching ancestors in the following areas.
Bukovina Society of the Americas - From 1775 to 1918, Bukovina was in the easternmost crown land of the Austrian Empire, now divided between Romania and Ukraine. As a multi-ethnic province, its name has several spellings: Bukowina or Buchenland in German; Bukowina in Polish; Bucovina in Romanian; and Bukovyna in Ukrainian.
Donauschwaben Villages Helping Hands - The Danube Swabian/Donauschwaben society began during the Swabian Migrations that came to be known as "Der Grosse Schwabenzug" or "The Great Swabian Trek" which occurred in three intervals between the years 1722-1787.
Galizien German Descendants - Beginning in 1774 the rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire issued Settlement Charters which invited 'foreign' settlers into its newly acquired province of Galicia ('Galizien' in German). German settlers attracted by offers of transportation and special status emigrated from Germany to Galicia. This organization is dedicated to family history research of these German settlers and their descendants.
This is a collection of publicly available video documentaries about Germans from Russia. These documentaries may help you understand various cultural and historical aspects of your Germans from Russia heritage.
Page last updated 16 June 2023