HSGPV is a Canadian non-profit society, operated solely by volunteers, dedicated to preserving and promoting the historical and cultural heritage of Germans from Poland & Volhynia. We maintain a research library
located in Edmonton, Alberta in Western Canada.
Library Hours & Public Access: Thursday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors welcome! Guest WIFI available! Volunteer librarian available to assist patrons.
Our origins stem from showcasing the private holdings of Ewald Wuschke, a major contributor to research in these areas. Donations over the years have increased our library collection to include over 2000 books, periodicals, maps, etc. Research materials also include other European, Canadian localities & global and cultural groups to facilitate genealogical pursuits. Enjoy perusing our resources in Library Collection!
VOLHYNIAN VILLAGE ADVENTURE TOURS May 20-30 and September 7-17, 2019. See Advertisment and ROOTS TOUR BROCHUREfor more information. ANOTHER DATE ADDED!June 10-19, 2019: This particular tour will be in Ukraine, particularly Western Volhynia as well as in Poland. This would be a unique opportunity to see two countries in one trip. We will see two capitals and would visit the most attractive places in Poland and Ukraine. If you are interested in this proposal please do not hesitate to contact me for more details. I’m sure all of you have your Must see villages. If you make your reservation before March 15, I guarantee you 20% off my regular time! This saves you 400 USD. Best regards, Alex
Do you have family stories you would like to share? The HSGPV newsletter is always looking for content so if you have any family stories, historical research or announcements such as birthdays, anniversaries, or obituaries, please send them to the HSGPV office. Collecting stories? How about orally … and digitally?Edmonton Public Library has a kit for you can borrow! See our Resourcespage for more information.
Descendants of John Schmidt and Magdalena Kopfenstein Our immigrant ancestors, John Schmidt and wife Magdalena Kopfenstein and six of their children left Petersthal, Russia, sometime after 1883, after their last child was born. In 1887, they lived in Hutchinson County, Dakota Territory, now the state of South Dakota, when their daughter, Margaret and Paul Wallman applied for a marriage license in October 1887. By 1891, we find John and his …Continue reading →
Our Falkenberg Family 1767 – 2000 This Falkenberg book is the history of our people and of the land from which they came. Our German Ancestors were a minority groups living in settlements in Poland and Russia where tenure of their land was never fully secured. If ever we ponder why we live in this land of freedom and riches, it is because our forefathers had the courage and the …Continue reading →
Heritage of the Grift Family 1846-1985 Johannus and Cornelia Grift and Family Here are some land title transfers at different times [1880s onwards], the family movements throughout the years. The Homestead papers were found at Manitoba Lands Branch…..It tells who homesteaded and purchased and and eventually owned by families Grift, Hilhorst and Vandersteen. Numerous family members provide personal histories or memories. There are many original documents depicted and many pictures accompanying the …Continue reading →
Heritage of Hope Leonhardt Legacy The name “Leonhardt” is limited to one main family in Drumheller [Alberta, Canada]; however it is a very common name. ….. All of the Leonhardts seem to have from German colonies in Russia, and they all are Protestant. The families used the same names for several generations ….. The editor continues to describe how the research was compiled. Some chapters describe the historical background and …Continue reading →
Bessarabian Knight A Peasant Caught between the Red Star and the Swastika Immanuel Weiss’s True Story I still dream that the Russians are after me, like when the Germans drafted me and I was on the Eastern Front In February of 1944. …….. Immanuel Weiss suffers from other nightmares – of being an unarmed Romanian soldier facing a Russian tank when his Bessarabian homeland was invaded….. Immanuel and Johanna’s ancestors …Continue reading →
The Effa Family History 1883 – 1983 I have set out to compile family data collected for many years, and put it into print. This was done with the goal to enable us, and the succeeding generations, to know a bit of our heritage and understand some of the hardships encountered by our courageous forefathers. I have attempted to show how our family, so different culturally, upon arriving into Canada …Continue reading →
In Search of Heimatland Memoirs of my faith journey from Wolhynia to Canada Alma (Pinno) Kisser With Lorene and Erhard Pinno Thank you….To all of my family, I present the story of our heritage with the hope that you will continue to tell this story and your story to future generations. This is Alma’s story, but not just her story. Her story is deeply rooted in the history, language, culture, …Continue reading →