Research & Tools
Sacramento Valley Chapter of Germans from Russia
Sacramento Valley Chapter of Germans from Russia genealogy resources include Genealogy Articles & Presentations, Member Stories, Photos, and Maps, and a Library Search Engine (books, journals, articles).
Sacramento Valley Chapter Villages & Surnames
Research conducted by: Linda Anderson and Linda Boehm
SVCGR members provided the names of Russian villages and family surnames from their Germans from Russia ancestors. Includes alternative village spellings and English meanings of the surnames.
Enhancing Old Photos - MyHeritage
Article by Lee Macklin
This how-to guide demonstrates how to use MyHeritage's photo enhancement features to improve old photos which are yellowish hue, are not quite in focus or were taken with a camera that was way lower resolution, are blurry, black & white, etc. Included are how to add color an old photo.
Enhancing Old Photos - Ancestry.com
Article by Lee Macklin
This how-to guide demonstrates how to use Ancestry's photo enhancement features to improve old photos which are yellowish hue, are not quite in focus or were taken with a camera that was way lower resolution, are blurry, black & white, etc. Included are how to add color an old photo.
1950 Census - First Look and Tips
Research conducted by: Douglas Roth
This population census was the 17th decennial census of the United States. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has digitized the census and will provide free online access to the 1950 Census population schedules for U.S. states, enumeration district maps, and district descriptions.
Genealogy Research in Volhynia, Ukraine
Three very good resources
For those searching for information on their ancestor in the Volhynia, Ukraine area, this article contains detailed descriptions of three very good resources.
Christmas in Volhynia
by Paul Peltz
The Volhynian Germans have a rich, deeply rooted set of traditions. The fact that this small group of people remained thoroughly German in their lifestyle in spite of Polish and Ukrainian influences was largely due to their traditions. Tradition was, so to speak, the substance holding together the Germans who once lived in Volhynia, as it linked them with other German-speaking peoples and perpetuated their German identity.
Genealogy Articles & Presentations
Lee Macklin's Germans from Russia Ancestors
Where they lived, their migration timelines, their occupations, where they landed in the U.S. Posen, Prussia, Saxony, Prussia, Bialystok, Poland, Zhitomir, Volhynia, Russia was the "old country". Includes maps and brief information about the Volhynia area, stories about their trip from Bremen, Germany to Kerrick, Minnesota plus several photos.
Master Relationship Chart - Genealogy + DNA
This is a master chart that shows exactly how two people are related from both Genealogy and the DNA perspectives based on your Common Ancestor and your Degrees of Separation. The amount of DNA you share for each degree of separation is clearly illustrated.
Some Maps of the GR Areas in Russia/Ukraine
Germans who immigrated to Russia mainly settled in the following areas: Bessarabia, Black Sea, Volga River, Volhynia and Siberia. Here are some maps of these respective areas.
History of Ukraine
A Germans from Russia Perspective
by Wayne Garman
The recorded history of Ukraine spans some one thousand years. Rich natural resources, especially for agriculture, are plentiful across its landscape. Over the centuries, these resources, along with Ukraine's location, have made it a target of neighboring empires. Ukraine's history is one of much tragedy and sadness. Our German ancestors who lived there were significantly affected by Ukrainian history. This presentation will cover the following topics:
Ukraine geography & geopolitical situation
Middle Ages: Kyivan-Rus state, Mongol invasion, Polish Lithuanian empire
Expansion of the Russian Empire to the northern shores of the Black Sea
Invitation to farmers to settle the newly conquered territories
Ukraine development in the 1800s: Abolishment of serfdom, Codex of the Colonists
World War I, the Russian Revolution and civil war
Collectivization and famine
World War II
Crimea to Ukraine
Recent developments of Ukraine, relations with Russia