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The following items are available for purchase directly from the Glückstal Colonies Research Association. See the the full list of GCRA Publications along with where you can purchase them on the Publications page.

All prices shown are in U.S. dollars and do not include shipping and handling unless specifically stated.

GCRA Member Bundles

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Deal #1

  • Glückstal Colonies Research Association Newsletter Collection, Volumes 1–33

  • Glückstal Colonies Research Association 2021 Data Drive


Price: $110 for members. Price includes shipping in the U.S. only. For international orders, please contact us for shipping costs.


Deal #2

  • Glückstal Colonies Research Association Newsletter Collection, Volumes 1–33

  • Glückstal Colonies Research Association 2021 Data Drive

  • Sophie's Grandma


Price: $125 for members. Price includes shipping in the U.S. only. For international orders, please contact us for shipping costs.

Glückstal Colonies Research Association 2021 Data Drive

Date: November 2021

Publisher: Glückstal Colonies Research Association, Frisco, Texas

Format: USB Flash Drive (Mac and PC compatible)

Price: $55 for members, $80 for non-members. Price includes shipping in the U.S. only. For international orders, please contact us for shipping costs.


The latest release of the GCRA Data Drive contains all data previously digitally published on the 2015 flash drive plus an updated Points-of-Origin file containing authenticated origins of people living in the Glückstal Colonies and some neighboring enclave colonies. New to this release are MVD (Ministry of Internal Affairs) File Extractions concerning individuals/families who were relocated from the Glückstal, Hoffnungstal, Beresan, and Liebental areas during the repression years. Read more about it here.

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Glückstal Colonies Research Association Newsletter Collection, Volumes 1–33

Date: June 2021

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

Publisher: Glückstal Colonies Research Association, Frisco, Texas

Format: PDF digital archive on USB flash drive (Mac and PC compatible)

Price: $81 for members, $141 for non-members. Price includes shipping in the U.S. only. For international orders, please contact us for shipping costs.


The Glückstal Colonies Research Association Newsletter has been published twice a year since 1987. Within this 33-volume, 66-issue digital archive, there is a wealth of information about your Glückstal Colonies ancestors in these past newsletters, including history, family stories, photos, and documented points of origins. Each issue has been digitized and converted into searchable PDF format and put on a convenient USB flash drive. Years covered are 1987-2020.

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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

Price: $25. Price includes shipping in the U.S. only.

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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 in this richly illustrated and charming tale.

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A donation to the Glückstal Colonies Research Association will help with ongoing research and documentation of the Glückstal colonies. This includes coordination the efforts of individuals researching descendants of the Glückstal colonies and locating, gathering, and organizing access all sources pertaining to researching descendants of the Glückstal, Neudorf, Bergdorf, Kassel, and their daughter colonies.

Page last updated 7 March 2022