SGGEE Family History Summaries

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A Journey of Discovery: Genealogy of the Lenz/Wilke Family of Yellow Grass, SaskathewanLenz, Karl A.Lenz: “This book represents about forty years of research …. of my family and of studying the history of German-speaking peoples.”
General Section: Acknowledgements, Introduction, Brief Overview of Origins of Families, Ancestral Lands and German Migration, References, Index of Family Names on Family Charts A to Q [Appended].
Lists: Maps (6); Family Pedigree Charts (2); Documents (4); Photographs (46)
Appended Sections, with page numbers in ( ):
A. Lenz/Lemke (93) B. Wilke/Birkholz (62) C. Altwasser/Wiesner (38) D. Patzwald/Otto (29) E. Frieske/Wall (19) F. Klatt/Fliegener (16) G. Wille/Eichhorst (30) H. Radke/Drewans (16) I. Köbernik (10). J. Schulze/Farr (12) K. Dahlmann/Zuther (13) L. Fritz/Zank (7) M. Weber/Fredrich (39) N. Deutschländer/Litschel (29) O. Schneider/Franz (11) P. Megelin/Marwitz (15) Q. Matz/Bulmann (10)
Pages: 510; Copyright: 2005
A Kuehn Family Scrapbook: Volume 1 – January 1992 edition.
(Draft copy)
Kuehn, Felix G.Records, Documents, Charts and Maps Pertaining to the History of the Kuehn, Dittmann, Schaeler Luek, Rosze, Weisz, Weiszschnurr, Heier, Luebeck, Trapp, Zielke, Krekel, Woltmann, Otto and Kowaleski Families in Brandenburg, Poland, Russia, Brazil, the United States of America and Canada.
Michael Andreas Kuehn (1765-1855) from Brandenburg married Marianne Dittmann and they lived in Gostynin, Poland. They had two children, and the son Michael Kuehn (1806-1876) is an ancestor of the author. Michael Kuehn had three wives, and seventeen children. All the connections are associated with this Michael Kuehn and his sister, Anne Gottlieb (Luek) (born 1814).
This booklet includes a genealogical compilation to the fifth generation in some cases, an extensive family history chart, family stories, extra information the author was able to obtain about individuals, a note on German family names, maps, illustrations, photos, and a timeline of the Kuehn Family.
Pages: 100; Copyright: January 1992.
A Kuehn Family Scrapbook: Volume 1 – July 1992
(2 copies)
Kuehn, Felix G.Records, Documents, Charts and Maps Pertaining to the History of the Kuehn, Dittmann, Schaeler Luek, Rosze, Weisz, Weiszschnurr, Heier, Luebeck, Trapp, Zielke, Krekel, Woltmann, Otto and Kowaleski Families in Brandenburg, Poland, Russia, Brazil, the United States of America and Canada 
Michael Andreas Kuehn (1765-1855) from Brandenburg married Marianne Dittmann and they lived in Gostynin, Poland. They had two children, and the son Michael Kuehn (1806-1876) is an ancestor of the author. Michael Kuehn had three wives, and seventeen children. All the connections are associated with this Michael Kuehn and his sister, Anne Gottlieb (Luek) (born 1814).
This booklet includes a genealogical compilation to the fifth generation in some cases, an extensive family history chart, family stories, extra information the author was able to obtain about individuals, a note on German family names, maps, illustrations, photos, and a timeline of the Kuehn Family.
Pages: 100; Copyright: 1992.
A Place To Call Home: R & E BelterRatzlaff, Dijie As Told toWar destroys. All that we had before the war was gone – money in the bank, a little money at home. When it was over I did not have a cent. I had to borrow money from my aunt to buy a stamp to get word out where I was living. Nobody knew if I had lived through the war.
War changes a person. After the war when you get things you never hold it so tight. You think, today I have it and tomorrow it could be gone. You have to take each day how it comes and be happy.
If I could live my life again I nothing would change. … I do not have regrets. [Erna Belter]
Erna Ritz (1920-2007) was born in Milaszew, Volhynia, Poland and married Hermann Belter from Volhynia in 1939. Hermann was drafted into the German army and died in 1944, leaving Erna pregnant with their third child. Rudolf Belter (born 1924) from Mydzk, Volhynia, Poland was Hermann’s brother. He entered the German army in 1942, was captured in 1943 on the Russian front, and spent over six year in several Russian prisoner of war camps. Erna found out through the Red Cross she had surviving family members. In 1950 Erna, her children, and Rudolf escaped from East to West Germany, and followed several Belter relations to Canada. They immigrated to Lacombe, Alberta, and in 1950 were married in Edmonton, AlbertaThese are the stories of Erna and Rudolf Belter. The stories intersect after the war, and each continues on separately, giving their own history.
Included are maps, family photographs, pedigree family trees, and timelines for Rudolf and Erna.
Pages: 155; Copyright: 2008.
Against the Odds: The Ernest and Bertha (Petzke) Schultz Family of Woodman, Stutsman County, North DakotaSchultz, DonnaTracing the Schulz family with extensive information and stories:
1. Descendants of Christoph and Anna (Maschke) Schulz,
History of Józefów, Poland – The Old Country,
Sons of Johann and Wilhelmin (Matthei) Schulz
2. Descendants of Heinrich and Teofilie (Schulz) Schulz
3. Ernest and Bertha (Petzke) Schultz
4. New Home and Woodworth Communities
5. Helen Schultz 6. Leonard Schultz 7. Otto Schultz
8. Elda Schultz. 9. Oswald Schultz 10. August Schulz
Includes: many maps and pictures, family trees, bibliography and index; many items are in colour.
Pages: 261 Copyright: 2007
And they built an Altar … the History and Heritage of the Brokenhead Lutheran CommunityThe Brokenhead Lutheran Historical SocietyBrokenhead is located northeast of the provincial capital, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Table of Contents:
I. This Man Alone Sees the Truth [Middle Ages in Saxony, German onwards]
II. The Heritage of the Brokenhead Lutheran Community
III. Settlement comes to the Brokenhead District
IV. A Parish East of the Red River
V. Those Who were Called…. The Pioneers, …Pastors
VI. Family Histories [See also Looseleaf Surname & Place Names Index]
VII. A Brokenhead Scrapbook
Pages: 463; Copyright: 1983
Chronik Altwasser: Die Altwasser Herntier FamilienKöllner, Elfriede &WolfgangContents: Vorwort; Entstehung Wolhynien; Familien – Ursprung
Familie Johannn Altwasser / Anna Hillerr; Familie Karl Altwasser / Anna Hunker
Familie Karl Altwasser / emilie Muth; Zur Geschichte 1. und 2. Weltkrieg
Familie Gustav Altwasser / Pauline Langner; Familie Michael Martin / Pauline Langner
Familie Michael Martin / Pauline Langner; Familie Ida Altwasser / Ludwig Sonnenberg
Familie Eduard Altwasser / Adel Bohl; Familie August Altwasser / Jakobine Herntier
Familien – Ursprung Herntier/Herendier ect.; Georg Herdier / Maria Lutz / Heftke
Familie Georg Herntier / Albertine Haak; Familie Jakob Hertier / Marcelina Grochowska
Errinnerungen / Lieder / Gedichte / Speisen; Reiseberichte
Filled with colour photos, documents, maps, pedigree charts
Pages: 155; Copyright: 2013
Chronik der Sippe Weiss/WeißWeiss, KurtTable of Contents:
Einleitung zur Sippe Weiss
Was die Polen über die Deutschen denken
Literatur; Mein Dank an die Familienforscher; Der Barnim
polnische Vokabeln; Meine Erlebnisse während der Internierung im Sept. 1939
Kartenmaterial: Brief des Schulzen Adamiak; Geburts-Heiratskunden
Bilder – auf den Spuren unserer Vorfahren; – Die Firmen; Lebensläufe
Archiv ostdeutscher Familienforscher: Stammliste: Weiss, Fender, Pinkowski, Kowalewski, Scheibe, Jenske, Bakus, Stebner, König, Mundt
Familienkarten, Familientafeln, Ahnentafeln
Pages: About 500; Copyright: 2000
Dogs on my HeelsArndt, Edmund TRACING the family roots back to 1774, the story follows the ancestral German settlers of the Arndt Family from 1776 in Prussia to Russian Poland, then Germany and landing in Calgary, AB, Canada in 1967.
From Rozorki, Prussia, destroyed in 1806, moved to Smolniki, then to Lubsin, and an eventual escape to Germany in 1945.
The 200 years are related in bold detail as the author shares family intimacies, humorous anecdotes and the reality of war and its afrermath. Whether describing brutal atrocities in a chilling “matter-of-fact” manner or telling a charming rales of young love, this powerful narrative never fails to deliver. (back cover)
Includes Family Tree: Arndt, Janke, Wieser, Makus, Raduns, Schmidke, Quast, Gores; maps & pictures.
Pages: 315 Copyright: 2011
ERRINERUNGEN ERLEBNISSE ERFAHRUNGENKrebs, EdmundAs Pastor Krebs begins to share his memories and experiences, Volhynian German readers’ thoughts and memories will instinctively be drawn into this story because it is also a part of their family story. These stories are set and moulded in the dreadful historical crucibles of the times – WW I and the forced relocation of many Volhynian Germans; the chaos and return to Volhynia in the immediate post-war years; survival and prosperity in the 1920’s; hopes dashed in the 1930’s; a forced return to their original “Heimatland” in the winter of 1940; WW II; the “Große Flucht” (Great Escape) in 1945-1946; and new hopes and opportunities in the post-WW II years in West Germany and the New World. A detailed 4-page Table of Contents provides a good overview of the Krebs family story. Photos, poems. a few documents, and a map of Volhynia, are included in the book.
Pages: 245; Copyright: 1996
Faith Under Four Flags
A Personal Diary of Russia’s Germans
Roleder, Emil J.The Roleder family history. Table of Contents:
1. General History of the Germans in Russia 1763-1914
2. Diversified Regions of German Settlers in Russia (Volga, Black Sea, Bessarabia, Caucasus, Volhynia)
3. The Lutheran Church in Russia
4. Life in the Congregation
5 & 6. From Childhood to Marriage (Emil, Maria)
7. Our Life Together
8-11. The Families: Rohleder, Matthaeus, Schmidt, Mahr
Pictures, Maps, References
Pages: 100; Copyright: 1978
Family Rachui: 1785 to 1939 in Poland, Volhynia, and CanadaStein, DickExcerpts from “Our Rachue/Rackway/Rachel/Walters Family” by Richard (Dick) Stein, 2004
“These excerpts tell the story of my great grandfather, Adolf Rachui/Rachue, and his three wives, Pauline Abram, Pauline Saar, and Justine Kitzmann. All were forn in Volhynia before 1900 into German families that had migrated from Poland. The Rachui ancestry is traced back to the 1780s in the Sompolno area of Poland, and several otyher family lines are traced back to the early 1800s. Adolf Rachui and his family migrated to Leduc, Alberta, Canada in 1909.”
Main surnames: Rachui, Drews, Abram
Minor surnames: Kitzmann, Saar, Wolter, Mantei, Boelter, Passut, Kuhn, Glaesel
Other surnames: Fergin, Spitzer, Behnke, Pshlke, Konecki, Jahnke, Schwanke”
Pages: i, I. 5-27 II. 283-327 III. 333-342 & 415-426; Copyright: 2004
Firgens Family 1830 – 1995Firgens Christensen, Eleanor Isabel & Firgens DescendantsEleanor Firgens is the great granddaughter of the primary individual of the Firgens family tree. She began a listing of the descendants of that family about 1980. Since that time, with information contributed by many of the family, this record of her memory is complete through 1995. The contributors are all descendants of Christian and Albertinea Gobel Firgens [Generation #1]. Nine children were born to this union. Christian and five children died in Germany. Albertina immigrated to the U.S. in 1886. The other four children are listed as Generation #2: Carl Firgens born 1856, Frederick Firgens b. 1858, August Firgens b. 1864, Marie Firgens b. 1866.
Pages: 83; Copyright: 1995
Frederick and Karoline KITZMANN née Nuernberg and their descendantsBoettcher, AdelaideFrederick Kitzmann (born 1834) married Karoline Nuernberg (1835-1890) in Germany, and the family eventually moved to Volhynia. Starting in 1895, grandchildren began emigrating to the United States (mainly Wisconsin).
This author has focused on the first three generations of Frederick and Karoline Kitzmann; however, she has included generations to the 1990’s in her extensive family trees and family records. She also included some family stories, maps, and many photographs.
Pages: 476; Copyright: 1997.
From Prussiato Russia to North America: 300 Years; Tracing the Mennonite story from the 1500’s & the family tree of Peter P Harder and Gerhard P Quiring familiesHarder,Peter S & Quiring, Mary GFrom Prussia to Russia to North America: 300 Years: documents the early history of the Anabaptists, the Mennonites in Prussia, in the New Russia, and their subsequent migrations to North America, Brazil, Mexico, and other countries. Written as a concise history of the Mennonites in the Ukraine, it includes documentation of the southern Minnesota Quiring, Siemen, Harder, and Sawatzky families that located in the Mt Lake and Butterfield, MN area. The Mennonites were invited to settle in Prussia due to their known expertise in reclaiming wetlands. Over time the Mennonites became prosperous, leading to a clash with the political interests of their time. That’s where our family history picks up. Written with extensive use of footnoting and references to source materials, it has proven useful to many a novice Mennonite genealogist. Description from link: [Paperback, colour]
Library copy is b&w, coil book, and may not be the latest printing.
Includes: maps, pictures, pedigree charts, index.
Pages: 142; Copyright: 1998.
Germans from Russia Including Biberdorf & ManteiMantei, Arthur W.Generally a listing of names and known genealogical information. Gottlieb Biberdorf is the earliest known ancestor and lived in Gdansk, Poland in the 1700s. His children trekked east to present day Ukraine. Generational information is traced leading to Augusta (Biberdorf) Mantei. Included is an alphabetical index of descendents names and address of current known descendents (2 pages).
Pages: 84 Copyright: October, 1985 (as per description of addresses)
Gustav Henschel 1874 – 1963Henschel, GustavThe life and times of an Ellerslie Pioneer who emigrated to Canada from Volhynia Russia in 1893 and settled on the Papaschase Indian Reserve in Strathcona County (now Ellerslie) in South Edmonton.
Gustav’s parents were Andreas Henschel and Karoline (Soch) Henschel (both born in Lowic Province Warschau), who had eight children in the colony of Dombrufka, Russia. Gustav describes his life growing up, how he came to Halifax, Canada, sought to homestead in both Alberta and US (some family was already here), and eventually settled in the Ellerslie area. He married Luise Lemke in 1896, and they had nine children. Lawrence Kublik is a nephew of Gustav.
Pages: 22; Copyright: 2010.
Gustav Kwast – Bertha Bothe: Their Ancestors and DescendantsKwast, Harold A. Author Harold Kwast writes about his parents, Gustav Kwast and Bertha Bothe. They made three moves in their lives: 1. from Russia to West Prussia, Germany, because of the Russian-Japanese War 2. from West Prussia to East Prussia, because of unfavourable border changes mandated by the Treaty of Versailles following World War I 3. Hyperinflation in Germany in 1923 prompted their final major move, namely immigrating to the USA.
All of thier descendents shgould feel fortunate and be thankful that these moves occurred. As the events in this book unfold, you can see the horresdeous hardships the relatives who chose to remain in Europe were forced to endure, such as, starvation, imprisonment, slave labor, deportation to Siberia, and execution by the Soviet secret police.
Beginning of the book includes: Dedication, Acknowlegements, Contributors, Introduction
Part 1: GERMANS FROM RUSSIA (Volhynia)
Part 2: OUR FAMILIES (Early Kwast / Quast and Bothe)
Part 3: MY PARENTS (Prussia, WWI, America)
Part 5: GENEALOGY TRAVELOGUE (Roots Tour to former Prussia and Ukraine)
Part 6: PHOTO ALBUM (Photos in colour & b&w throughout, as well)
APPENDIX 1 & 2: Descendents of Quast/Kwast and Jakob Bothe (extensive & detailed)
Pages: 265; Copyright: 2007
Heels of Gold: Six Families from Kreis Rummelsberg, PommeraniaKuehn, Felix G.A Synopsis of the History of the Neumann, Trapp, Geschke, Truhn and Bauschke Families
1. A Banner Year at Thalberg
2. Kreis Rummelsburg and Kreis Rowno
3. A Return to Kreis Rummelsburg
4. The Romantic Brokenhead
5. Brokenhead North, Torbonufke and Thalberg
6. Brokenhead South, Greenwald
7. Gottes Kinder saeen zwar; traurig und mit Thraenen
8. Second and Third Generation Family Members
9. Fourth Generation Family Members
Pages: 106; Copyright: 1992, February
Home at Last! A Novel; 1000 Days in a Soviet Labor Camp & Death by Firing SquadMiller, Donald N.Don Miller: This is a historical novel. I was intrigued by the false arrest, imprisonment and exile of my uncle, Heinrish Micgaelovich Mueller, to a Soviet labor camp (Gulag). Later, he was temporarily freed, then re-arrested and imprisoned and ultimately shot to death by firing squad. I often wondered what webnt through his mind during those three and a half toruous years, from Mary 1934 to November 1937, and how he even survived.
This prompted me to comb the KGB archives and read every book I could get my hands on dealing with the forced labor of millions of people, including “The Gulag Archipelago” by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsy. Gradually a picture began to form in my mind of how it might have happened. This is that story.

Includes: maps, photos
Pages: 39; Copyright: 2002
Homeland Lost: A Three-Generational Saga Based Upon True EventsPatterson, GJ RachelBrave Women Facing the Exuberance of Life Love Loss; Their Tragedies & Triumphant Survival
Patterson narrates in a creatve nonfiction genre a story based on twelve years of genelogical research of her ancestral roots-a three-generational saga filled wtth perils and triumphs. Names have been altered or changed throughout the story to protect the innocence of the living descendants. This story is based on actual events. The timeline of the major character, Emila née Ramien Poratheim (Porat) begins in 1894 in Masovia. Then includes a 1915 Warsaw exile to Saratov / Tsaritsyn / Sarepta, a trek through Canada in 1927, culminating in a trek to the hamlet of Falun in Alberta, Canada in 1934, and her passing away in 1970.
Major Surnames: Ramien, Porat
Included: photos, maps, genealogical timeline and family tree
Table of Contents: Book One: Homeland Lost 1908-1927; Book Two: The Barefoot Prairie Girl 1934-1939
Pages: 335; Copyright: 2014
In the Midst of Wolves: A History of German Baptists in Volhynia, Russia 1863-1943Miller, Donald N.Don Miller: The German Baptists first appeared in the province of Volhynia around 1863. ……They built their churches and spread their faith, sometimes against insurmoutable odds. At the outbreak of World War I in 1914, they numbered nearly 10,000. In 1915 they were transported wholesale to the far reaches of Russia, Central Asia and Siberia, and their churches were plundered. Four years later less than half of them returned. ….They rebuilt their churches. Membership flourished. Soon their numbers were again up to 10,000, but it didn’t last.
As communishm spread in the late 1920s and began to take hold, persecution and struggle again emerged. The German Baptists lost their land. Their churches were turned into granaries, clubhouses, schools and dance alls. Some escaped to Canada, the United States and South America. Those who remained suffered untold hardships. Many were arrested, imprisoned and senytenced to work in forced labor camps, called Gulags…..Others starved to death.
Almost all were uprooted and left destitute…..Thousands were shot or just vanished……Then came World War II. There was more suffering and devastation. In October 1943, approximately eighty years after the German Baptists settled in Volhynia, the few who remained retreated with the German Army. The rest is history.
Thie is their story. It is a story that has never been told.

This resource has maps, photos, indexes of interest, supporting source documentation
Pages: 301; Copyright: 2000
Kobzar’s Children: A Century of Untold Ukrainian StoriesSkrypuch, Marsha Forchuk, EditorThe kobzars were the blind minstrels of Ukraine, who memorized the epic poems and stories of 100 generations. Travelling around the country, they stoppped in towns and villages along the way, where they told their tales and were welcomed by all. Under Stalin’s regime, the kobzars were murdered. As the storytellers of Ukraine died,m so too did their stories.
Kobzar’s Children is an anthology of short historical fiction, memoirs, and poems written about the Ukrainian immigrant experience. The stories span a century of history; and they contain stories of internment, homesteading, famine, displacement, concentration camps, and this new century’s Orange Revolution. Edited by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuck, who has been honored as a Canadian Udrainian Woman of Influence, Kobzar’s Children is more than a collection; it is a moving social document that honors the tradition of the kobzars and revives memories once deliberately forgotten.
Pages: 199; Copyright: 2006
Krüger Kin and Related Families from Niederhagen, Countz Regenwalde, Pommern, PrussiaBittner, Bernadette M.; Enz, Bernice; Ryan, CarolKrueger family history from early 1800s to 1977 is extremely detailed. They originate in Pommern, Prussia and enter the United States in the 1850s. 8 generations are described, and includes pictures and maps.
Chapter 1: Michael and Dorothea Ann (Rusch) Krueger
Chapter 2: Christian Krueger (Johann) and Christine Boettcher
Chapter 3: Joachim Krueger and Anna Sophia Rusch
Chapter 4: Eva Pauline Krueger and Joann Behnke
Chapter 5: ______ Krueger and John Boettcher
Pages: 259; Copyright: 1977
Marsch: A History of the Marsch Family in Europe and North America
(2 copies)
Hildebrand, Charles; Marsch, John; Wuschke, EwaldThis book is an attempt to provide a “benchmark” for future generations of Marsch descendants by recording not only the chronological data of the family, but also how European history and geography influenced the lives of our ancestors. … this book is dedicated to our ancestors as a tribute to their hopes, joys, and their courage in facing indescribable hardships in the pursuit of a livelihood. … the Marsch name is said to be traceable to the time of Charlemagne (Charles the Great 742-814 AD) and the Holy Roman Empire.
The Marsch’s who settled at Rosenfeld, Manitoba did not have too many relatives from the paternal Marsch family. Emil Marsch and his father, had married into the large Singbeil and Buss families.
Emil Marsch (1857-1958) from Xawerowe, Dombie, Poland married twice. In 1884 he married Pauline Singbeil (1865-1906) in Dolganitz, Volhynia, and they had eleven children. The family with six of the children emigrated in 1900 to the Roseau Reserve, Manitoba. In 1907 Emil married Pauline Mazinke (nee Pokrant) (1864-1951) in Rosenfeld, Manitoba, and they had two children, in addition to Pauline’s seven children. This book covers ancestors, siblings, and descendants of Emil Marsch.
The author has included genealogical information for Marsch, Grams, Singbeil, Zado, Pokrant, and Eckert families; and up to six generations of Marsch’s. There are Marsch letters, family stories, maps, and indices of names and places.
Pages: 248; Copyright: 1993.
Miller Country: A Brief Chronology of My Family Spanning Eight Generations 1770-2014Miller, Donald N.Don Miller: For over 50 years now I have been gathering information about my family. Unfortunately, my ancestors left little written history behind, so it has been necessary for me to undertake an extensive research to gain a better understanding of their origin, migration patterns, interests, values, character, and lifestyle.
In the process, I have talked to hundreds of people… countless books, searched numerous website, visited scores of archives, retraced many of the steps of my forefathers in Volhynia, including the steppes of Siberia, and engaged the services of several professional researchers. ….. I have limited my research to the direct paternal line of the Miller family…..
I hope thiss book will give you …an appreciation… of Heinrich Mueller [Don’s great grandfather], and his grandfather, Gregor Mueller, the first known ancestor of our family.

This resource has many maps, photos (colour and b&w), documents, etc.
Pages: 152; Copyright: 2014
My Childhood in Siberian ExileDischer, AlicsThe author writes her account of her exile in Siberia during her childhood. Her hope “is to make others realize how fortunate they are to be a part of this great country we call America.” Her grandparents left Koenigsbuerg, Germany in 1880 and settled in the village of Sabarra, in the Novagrad Volinski area, about 50 kilometers north of Zitomer. The author’s parents, Matilda Gutsche and Daniel Klimenko, were married in 1910. Cossacks and Bolscheviks on June 5, 1915 ordered all of German descent to be ready for the expelled journey to Siberia. Those who refused were tortured or shot. After months of travel, mother and children were unloaded on a farm in a small farm village called Busuluk, located near the Ural Mountains in southern Siberia. In 1921 a great famine caused by Russian soldiers destroying everything caused the Russians to decide it would be better thant expellees return to where they came from. The trek back to Nova Rudnya took over a year. All this time her father had no knowledge of where his family was. When arriving at Nova Rudnya the father was able to contact them and started making arrangements to send them to America. They reached New York on July 9, 1923 and St. Paul on the 23rd, where they were met by her father, uncles and families.
Pages: 50, Copyright: About 1985
My Kashubian Heritage: A Collection of Short Stories Covering the Land of My Ancestorsvon Pazatka Lipinsky, PeterPeter von Lipinsky: It took many years of research collecting and examining historical dta, artifacts and information for this booklet …..Several visits to Germany and Poland helped me …. enhance my overall understandingh of the Kshubian culture and history.
Table of Contents:
1. A Collection of Short Stories covering the Land of My Ancestors
2. Peter von Pazatka Lipinsky Conference Participation in Canada
3. Kashubs in Uniform from Two Continents
4. Family Pictures
5. Published Articles and Notable Mentions
6. Artifacts from the Private Collection of Peter von Pazatka Lipinsky
7. & 8. Correspondence; Web site and E-mail
9. Memories of Kashubia
10. About the Author
Pages: 159; Copyright: 2009
My Life Experences and Struggles
(2 copies)
Sonnenburg, Leontina (née Ulmer)This is the story of Leontina Sonnenburg (Ulmer), translated from German by her great granddaughter, Shelley M Popke Russell. Leontina was born in 1906 (1906-1997) in Karlswalde, Russia. The story starts when she is nine years old during the First World War, and the deportation of the ethnic Germans into Russia. She marries Adolf Sonnenburg (1899-1976) in 1924 in Grunthal, Volhynia, Russia, and they have 11 children from 1925 to 1949.
Her fascinating story covers forced resettlements, deportations, imprisonments, escapes, immigrations, and life through two World Wars in Russia, Poland and Germany. The family eventually immigrates to New Hamburg, Ontario, in 1950.
Table of Contents: Leontina’s chronological story, a Family History Timeline of Events, parents and siblings of both Leontina Sonnenburg (Ulmer) and Adolf Sonnenburg, and the children and family members. There are also maps, and a collection of family letters in an Appendix.
Pages: 181; Copyright: 2002.
My Son, My Son: One man’s arduous journey from the old country to a brave new worldMiller, Donald N.This brief account concerns the Sam Miller family who settled in Camrose, Alberta, Canada. It is intended to provide some historical background to their unique identity and to relate something of their long and arduous journey and took them nearly half way around the world. … it also concerns the Adolph Schulz family, the Ed Lange family … the Reinhold Lamprecht family … and Wilhelm Sagert family. … although the name Miller was alternately spelled “Muller” and “Mueller” and was not officially changed until the 1930’s, for the sake of uniformity, Miller will be used throughout.
Sam Miller (1903-1986) from Korytyszcze, Polish Volhynia, married Tusnelda “Sneida” Schultz (1909-1993) from Alexia, Russia, in 1926 in Alexufka, Volhynia, Russia. The author has covered ancestors and descendants of Sam and Tusnelda. In 1927 with the rise of Communism, petty politics, increased hardships and suffering, they decided to move to Canada. They had eight children from 1927 to 1949, all born in Camrose, Alberta, Canada.
This book contains many family stories of escaping from Russia to Canada, maps, photographs, and many Family Group Charts. It also contains an interesting case of the Criminal Record of Heinrich Michael Miller (1893-1937), imprisoned for counter-revolutionary activity and anti-Soviet agitation (with no documentation) and was executed by firing squad in 1937. There are statements by witnesses, by the accused, and interrogations, and then the appeals requested in 1957 that cleared his named due to lack of evidence.
Pages: 125; Copyright: 1997.
Our Falkenberg Family 1767 – 2000Effa, Lucille FillenbergThis Falkenberg book is the history of our people and of the land from which they came. Our German Ancestors were a minority group 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 foresight to express their ideals of life in this new land. Here are stories of extreme hardship and sacrifices that were endured in order for their vision to be fulfilled.
Preface: Dedication, Acknowledgments, Foreword, Introduction, Thoughts on Genealogy, Thoughts on Family & Home, Roots, Belonging to God’s Family
1. Background of Our Roots
2. The New ‘Heimatland’
3. Genealogies of Our Falkenberg, Forefathers and Descendants
4. Falkenberg Castles, Towns & Villages, Other Falkenberg Family Trees
5. Blank Personal History Pages, Index
Pages: 669; Copyright: 2000.
Our Grandfather’s Axe: from Krumbeck to Canada by way of Poland and Russia 1756-1961Buse, Adolf and Buse, Dieter K.Buse family history from Krumbeck to Canada by way of Poland and Russia 1756-1961, complemeted by many pictures and maps.
1. Prussian and Saxon Subjects, Briefly (1795-1815)
2. Russian Subjects, Not so Briefly (1815-1918)
3. Polish Citizens, Doubtfully (1918-1939)
4. German Citizens, Temporarily (1939-1948)
5. Canadian Citizens, Eventually (1948-1961)
A. Partial Genealogy of Earliest Generations
B. Aunts, Uncles and Cousins
C. The Descendants of Gustav Buse and Helene Schütz
Sources and Bibliography
Pages: 407, Copyright: 2010 – 2nd revised printing
Our Schalin Family 1770 – 2003Effa, Lucille Fillenberg, Researcher/CompilerThis family book has been produced to remember our courageous forefathers who through their ceaseless toil and perserverance made our life that much easier. … I contacted Ewald Wuschke, genealogist, who provided me with the name of our forefather Martin Schalin of the 1700’s as recorded in Poland Lutheran church records. … Several generations following, of our Schalin family, were found still living in Poland. Further records indicate they moved to Volhynia, Russia sometime in 1863.
This book is an extensive genealogical compilation. It includes a complete family tree of the descendants of Gottlieb Schalin (born 1828) from Maliniec, Babiak, Poland, and Julianne Zander (1833-about 1906) from Ruchenne, Poland, to lthe seventh generation. They were married in 1851 in Dabie, Kolo, and had twelve known children in Poland and Volhynia. Gottlieb was a grandson of Martin and Dorothea (Rosno) Schalin.
Table of Contents:
Section One: Background of Our Roots – provides a brief background of our ancestors’ homeland in Poland and Volhynia
Section Two: The New ‘Heimatland’ – follows our forefathers across the seas to a new homeland, mainly in Alberta, Canada
Section Three: Genealogy and History of Our Schalin Forefathers and Descendants – stories and data gathered from respective Schalin families of yesteryear to the present time (2003)
Section Four: Further Thoughts on our Roots
Section Five: Additional Family Records Blank Pages (templates for family group records, pedigree charts for ancestors and family trees for descendants)
Section Six: Index of Names
As well as the above, the book contains numerous family stories, photos, maps and some copies of original documents. It also includes articles or excerpts of articles written by others, mainly about subjects in Section One and Two.
Pages: 743; Copyright: 2003.
Our Search for th Plitt-Frank ancestryStahl, Len (compiler) This report is a revision of an earlier report published in 1995, titled Genealogical Report on the Frank Family compiled for Sadie Frank of Kansas, USA. The Table of Contents is extensively detailed and a sampling includes:
Introductory remarks, and correspondence with Sadie Frank
August Friedrich Frank and Carolin Baltzer
Births, Deaths and Marriages of various surnames: Baltzer, Frank, Wolf, etc.
Maps, Photos, LDS Genealogy Library, Family Groups, Documents, etc.
Letter to Speaker of the Alberta Legislative Assembly – April 2004
Pages: 77; Copyright April 2004
Remembering the Flight for Survival: A step ahead of the Russians in 1945Riske, Edith Edelgard (Krebs); with Pietz, AnneEdith traces her family history to the Eighteen Century, where her ancestors followed Catherine the Great’s call and settled in Volhynia. In the 1870s they searched for a new home, due to compulsory military service being imposed. Chapter 2 describes her parents: Assaph and Lydia Krebs, married in 1919 and living in West Prussia. They immigrated to America in 1926 and settled in Milwaukee. Nostalgia brought them back to German in 1933 and settled in East Prussia on a farm. Edith also provides a background to her mother’s family – Wieser and Sorge. Edith’s draft into the German working army (Arbeitsdienst) came at age 18 in 1940 and she married Herbert Riske in 1942. By summer of 1944 Herbert was drafted into the German army on the Russian front. Edith kept a diary starting in the fall of 1944, describing the Russian advancements and her life as a refugee, as well as the fates of many relatives and friends. She reunited with her husband in 1948, after being released from a Russian prison in Czechoslovakia. In 1950 they went to America and settled in Texas.
Various pictures in colour and black & white intersperse the stories, with the last chapter 24, entitled “Retracing Our Steps” describing a trip to Germany in 1993.
Pages: 119; Copyright: 1993
Riverlore: The Headwaters of the Assiniboine Will Always be HomeFenske, Harold J.Riverlore explores the qualities of a family, burned out on the parairie during the Depresson, starting over again on the edge of the northern forest. Harold Fenske takes his grandchildren on a trip to eastern Europe to explore the family’s roots – and we’re invited along for the ride. His story leads to the Porcupine Hills and the upper reaches of the Assiniboine River where he fell in love the forest and the people who live in it and around it.
Will Chabun, Regina Leader-Post: “A warm and affectionate portrait of a fascinating part of Saskatchewan’s geography and history.”
All stories are based on real places and people, with one exception noted.
Pages: 338; Copyright: 2002
Shukar Balan: The White Lamb … The Story of EvalizLindsay, Mela MeisnerA historical factual novel, about a 16-year old Russian-German peasant girl called Evaliz in the 1890s, from the Russian steppes to immigration into America. The author draws from personal experiences of her forefathers and augments the narrative with her own research and imaginatiion.
The author stipulates that this is also the story of all Russland-Deutschen, descendants of the German colonists who settled in the Volga region in the 1760s …. detailing the day by day struggle of these people who have come to know Russia as their homeland, but accept nothing that is Russian, preferring to remain wholly German in their communities, their homes, and their churches.
The first half of the book ends after the Russo Japanese War of 1904-05, with Russian soldiers back from the Manchurian front plundering rich estates…..resulting in the story’s family fleeing to America. The second half of the book deals with the “Ploughing of the Prairie” in western Kansas, and ends in the early 1920’s.
The White Lamb is designed to …. give voice to the ….thousand Evalizes…who cannot speak for themselves, [missing history] and to unfold for future generations experiences too real to be forgotten. (As per author, living in Colorado)
Pages: 288, Copyright: 1976
Stories from Die Heimat (Interniews by Linda Marks Pauling) Pauling, Linda Marks (Interviews by)Interviews by Linda Marks Pauling:
1. Olga Jabs Eddinger; Borkowo, RusPoland (11 pages)
2. Adolfine Renn Wollenberg; Bialasy, Rypin (17 pages)
3. Adolfine Renn Wollenberg and Margarethe; Schwartz Parnoff (10 pages)
4. Adolfine Renn Wollenberg and Marilyn Wollenberg; Kronenberger (16 pages)
5. Adolfine Renn Wollenberg and Natalie Hoff Ruppel (13 pages)
6. Albert jabs Dembe Wielki; Wloclawek (4 pages)
7. Edmund and Natalie Hoff Ruppel; Sierpc, RusPoland (34 pages)
8. Edmund and Natalie Hoff Ruppel; Sierpc, RusPoland (19 pages)
9. Albert and Emilie Repke Steinnagel; Lipno, RusPoland (16 pages)
10. Alfred Kleister; Sierpc, RusPoland (15 pages)
11. Letters compiled by author: Johann and Eva Wunsch Family; Blizno, RusPoland (8 pages)
Various pictures, maps, pedigree charts, etc. included throughout.
Pages: 165; Copyright: 1998
The August Fellenberg Family 1850 – 2004Effa, Lucille FillenbergThis book is an extensive genealogical compilation. It includes a complete family tree of the descendants of August Fellenberg (1850-1930) from Poland, and Auguste Radke (1866-1939), to the seventh generation. They were married in 1866 in Russia, and had ten known children in Poland and Volhynia. In 1903 the family came to Canada, settling in the Ellerslie area in Alberta.
Table of Contents:
Section One: Background of Our Roots – provides a brief background of our ancestors’ homeland in Poland, of Volhynia in Russia, and then their new-found homeland of Canada.
Section Two: Genealogy and History of August Fellenberg Forefathers and Descendants – stories and data gathered from respective descendants of August and Auguste (Radke/Ratke) Fellenberg. Includes a complete family tree.
Section Three: Other Fellenbergs (not related?)
Section Four: Further Thoughts on our Roots
Section Five: Index of Names
As well as the above, the book contains numerous family stories, photos, maps and some copies of original documents. It also includes a time-line of the history of Edmonton and family German recipes.
Pages: 272; Copyright: 2004.
The Descendants of Martin & Julian GLUCH and Georg & Eliabeth WENDLAND; and the Associated Family of August Schultz, John Spletzer and Gustav Schattschneider (copy 1 of 2) Collins, Charles A. …. And the Associated Families of August Schultz, John Spletzer, and Gustav Schattschneider
In the late 1870’s both the families of Martin and Juliana [Draeger] Gluch and George and Elizabeth [Kaptschinski] Wendland moved to the Ukraine, from Posen (Polish: Poznan) area of Prussia (now Poland). Twenty years later, all of the children of Martin Gluch had immigrated to the United States and Canada, apparently starting with August and Ottilie [Wendland] in 1893. Ottilie’s mother Elizabeth, who remarried to Julius Huff after George died, eventually immigrated as well. The second daughter of George and Elizabeth (and the last member of the two families to emigrate), Louise (Wendland) Spletzer, immigrated to Canada after World War II.
This is a compilation of the descendants of these families, with family stories, photos, copies of original documents, and an extensive collection of maps showing where the families originated.
Pages: 281; Copyright: 1994.
The Gustav Draeger FamilyBook excerpt ?Gustav Draeger was the only member of the family to live much of his life in Manitoba. Uncle Gustav was born in Wulke in 1873 and married Wilhelmine Ernestine Gartz from the neighbouring colony of Friedrichsdorf. Early 1900s thet moved to Manitobal, Canada, speciically Interlake country of Manitoba, then known as the Tranter district. Various information is provided about their lives until about 1940.
Pages: 5; Copyright: ?
The Leonhart Busch FamilyBusch, WilliamWilliam Busch: ” An era has ended in the Busch clan. They were a special generation….a story of great sacrifice, a following of a vision for a better time.”
Table of Contents:
The Busch Crest
1. Preface & Dedications
2. The Leonhart Busch Family Story [mid-1800’s to 1994]
3. Family Charts of the Leonhart Busch Families. [pages 75 – 154]
4. The Search for Grandfather Leonhart’s Forebears
5. The Galician Busch Families
Appendices: maps, Survey System, Homestead Act, map of school districts surrounding the Busch school.
Pages: 204; Copyright: July 1994
The Life Story of John Bahrke and Anna nee MantheiJenson, Orville L. Bahrke family history is traced back to early 1700’s. The author’s grandparents are Johann Martin Bahrke Jr. and Anna Manthei, born 1843 and 1845 respectively in or near Lobsens, Posen. Stories of the grandparents and descendents are provided in great detail, from their lives in Posen to immigrating to America. Pictures are included for various descendents. Author Jensen is great-grandson of John Barke’s brother, Martin, and has researched the parents and grandparents of John, as well as editing the history contained in this resource, which was originally provided by the daughter, Hulda Hartwig nee Bahrke.
Pages: 58; Copyright: Unknown – 1993 or later.
The Old Country: Real Life stories by those who have their roots in Volhynia, Russia (Ukraine)Miller, Donald N.These stories speak of everyday life, happy childhoods, sudden and forced separations, tragic circumstances, unanswerable questions, miraculous escapes, eternal hope and the courageous new beginnings of a minority group of people called the Volhynian Germans withing the Soviet Empire. The book is essential reading for a fuller grasp and understanding of the turbulent times in which they lived. – D.N. Miller
1. LAND OF PROMISE (1861-1915)
2. ROAD OF TRIBULATION (1915-1920)
3. HOPES AND FEARS (1920-1929)
4. THE WORST OF TIMES (1929-1943)
5. ON THE RUN (1943-1945)
6. DISPLACED PERSONS (1945-present)
Each section includes Historical Setting.
Maps, Pictures Index of Authors
Pages: 327, Copyright: 2006
The OTTOS – Our Family Connections on Three Continents (Den Zusammenhalt in unserer Familie in drei Erdteilen) Part IV – The Hemminger and Gierschewski ConnectionBook excerpt ?The history of the Ottos documents the marriages of various Ottos – prior to their departure from Kreis Rowno – with Ischlers, Kopps, Luebecks, Morans, Boldts, Gertz, Dumras, Gitersonkes, Backus, Essigs and the Kuehns. There are two other Old Country families whose names have appeared so frequently in this record that they merit an entire chapter = the Hemminger and Girschewski families. Original home of Ottos and Girschewskis was Pommerania in early 1800s. Economic conditions in the mid-1800s resulted in extensive immigration out of Pommerania to the United States or Volhynia, Russia (Kreis Rowno). Within the chapter there are the following sections:
The Old Country; Coming to Manitoba; The First News of Brokenhead; How the Kuehns almost came into this Connection; The Blessed Hope of all Famers; More Marriages, Births and Deaths
Pages: 45, Copyright: ?
The RussländlerBirdsell, SandraWinner of the Saskatchewan Book Awards for Fiction, for Book of the Year, and the Regina Book Award, and a finalist for The Giller Prize
Katherine (Katya) Vogt is now an old woman living in Winnipeg, but the story of how she and her family came to Canada begins in Russia in 1910, on a wealthy Mennonite estate. Here they lived in a world bounded by the prosperity of their landlords and by the poverty and disgruntlement of the Russian workers who told on the estate, But in the wake of the First World War, the tensions engulfing the country begibn to intrude on the community, leading to an unspeakable act of violence. In the aftermath of that violence, and in the difficult years that follow, Katya tries to come to terms with the terrible events that befell her and her familty. In lucid, spellbinding prose, Birdsell vividly evokes time and place, and the unease that existed in a country on the brink of revolutionary change. The Russländler is a powerful and moving story of ordinary people who lived through extraordinary times.
Pages: 397; Copyright: 2001
The Seventh Son: The Autobiography of Dan BoettcherBoettcher, DanDaniel Boettcher (1897-1995) was the seventh son of ancestors who had migrated from Germany to Poland, and then Russia. In 1913 he and a brother left for Bruderheim, Alberta, to join two other brothers already there, and finally homesteaded in Myrtle Creek, Alberta. He married Bertha Hauer (died 1984) in 1919 in Bruderheim, and they had five children. He eventually operated a lightning rod business from 1918 to 1974 with his brother Emil. Daniel has extensive reminiscences about all the events and relationships (personal and business) in his life. He has included a genealogy, starting with his great grandfather who moved to Poland and had his grandfather in 1828. He has also included many photographs.
Pages: 232; Copyright: 1975.
The Tragedy of the Soviet Germans (A Story of Survival)Philipps, John John Philipps, Diplom Agronom a.D.-(Graduate in Agricultural Science, Ret.): It has been my ambition for some time to write a book about the Germans in the Soviet Union, especially about the Beresan Colonies near the Black Sea, where I was born…..I belong to the generation which was born in the time of Czar but grew up under the Soviet system. This generation is gradually dying off. This book is intended for general public informationand for all the Germans of Russia. …. The contents are, to a great extent, created from the reservoir of my recollections as a student, my work as an agricultural advisor, the war, military occupation, evacuation and exile. After the war, the Germans from Russia fared worse than any other people. ….. I alone am responsible for the contents of this book. I am greatly indebted to Herman Wildermuth for his generosity in translating this book for me.

This resource has maps, pictures and many chapters, as per the following sampling:
History, Political and Administrative Arrangement of South Ukraine, Call of German Farmers and Craftsment to Russia, Immigration of Beresan Colonists, [Various Colonies], Building Style, First Wave of Destruction 1917-1920, Famine Year 1921-22, New Economic Politics, Second Wave of Purges 1928-1934, Soviet State Farm, Third Extermination Wave 1936-1938, Fourth Wave of Destruction 1941, Liquidation…Resettlement to Warthegau, Flight of Winter 1945, Release of the Exiles, My Own Fate, Soviet Germans as Reflected in 1979 Census, Bringing Families Together.
Pages: 184; Copyright: 1983, Reprinted 1991
The Wandering Bergsträsser Clan: Family Histories of Johann and Julianna (Vogel) Bergsträsser, their anscestors and descendantsLess, Virginia & GerhardtFamily histories of Johann and Julianna (Vogel) Bergstrasser, their ancestors and descendants.
Johann Bergstrasser (1822-1887) from Heimtal, Heimtal Parish, Volhynia, Russia Ukraine, married Julianna Vogel (1829-1904) from Donnersruh, Gostynin, Poland. They had 13 children.
Table of Contents: The History, Charts, and Maps of the Bergstrasser and Vogel families in Bessarabia, Poland, and Volhynia; Johann & Julianna (Vogel) Bergstrasser and their Descendants covering three generations
The author has included many maps with a map index, pictures, Volhynia village names, an index of individual names, and personal stories with the Family Genealogy.
Pages: 462; Copyright: 2001.
The Way It Was [Story of Wilhelmina Busch & Adolf Weis – Ukriane and United States]Weiss, Erma G.Adolf and Minnie Weis were born in Volhynia, and lived in the village of Sokolow, not far from Zhitomir, the provincial seat of government. Minnie was born in 1884 to Karl and Carolina Busch, who had a farm hear Sokolov, and an overview with pictures is provided. Minnie is married to Adolf in 1906 in Sokolov, and they lived with his parents, who were also farmers. In 1909 Adolf went to America, and Minnie joined him in 1911, after some harrowing experiences trying to leave Russia. In 1925 they decided to move to Canada, all the while receiving distressing news from relatives in Volhynia. Karl Busch and his wife Agusta and their four children joined them in Saskatchewan in 1926. The personal details from memories or diaries, as well as pictures and pedigree charts provide further enhancements to this family history. Marvin Geske provides a one-page additions and corrections to the original contents, dated 2000. The latest date noted in the author’s work in 1984, hence 2 copyright dates.
Pages: 71. Copyright: 2000, 1984
The Zados and the Masses – Chapter VI: The Johann Zado Family: A Beautiful Brooch and a Strange NecklaceBook excerpt ?The story reminisces about contacts made at her Grandmother Mutscher’s funeral in 1964 in Manitoba – Carman cemetary. She meets Grandmother Keen’s cousin, Fred Massey and his wife, Mary Massey. The stories unfold about life in the Old Country, as well as Canada. There are many details provided through further research of people and events.
Pages: 24, Copyright: ?
They Came from Volhynia [Grandparents and father of author] Geske, Marvin L.German Russians from Volhynia of Baptist persuasion settling in St. Paul. Minnesota, Colorado, and Alberta, Canada tracing the ancestors of the author and where cousins are presently. Sources of information collected is provided throughout.
Part I: An Overview of European History
Part II: The German Russians Who Migrated to St. Paul, Minnesota
Part III: The rest of the family who came before WWI.
Footnotes, References, Websites, Timeline, Maps, Documents
Descendents of Christof Jeske & Anna Krueger & Johann Gotlieb Beier & Elizabeth Volgt
Pages: 98; Copyright: 2000
Those Who Were Left Behind: The deportation and fate of my family in the Soviet UnionMiller, Donald N.Don Miller: This is a story about the deportation and tragic fate of the Mueller family in the Soviet Union. For much of my adult life I have been the family historian. Part of that calling includes the preservation of an accurate record and description of what happened to the German people under Stalin. It is one of the most under-reported acts of inhumanity in modern-day history. I want the world to know about the repression, the exile and the resettlement of my people. And I, want them to know about it from firsthand sources. That’s why I rely so heavily on the personal experiences of my family…..This is to a large extent an ‘eyewitness’ account.
Pages: 97; Copyright: 2011
Through Sunshine And Shadows: The Long Road HomeProppe, MarthaThe Sass and Janke Story, from the 1800s to 2008
Between 1860 and 1865 Martha’s [author] ancestors from both sides of her family left Germany and settled in Polish Volhynia, close to Pow Kostopol near the city of Rowne, and remained there for many years. Conditions were primitive at best, but they worked hard and were content until early in the 1900’s, when many of these settlers were forced into Siberia. There they remained for many years. Some died there, but others managed to get back to Volhynia, where they tried to rebuild and start over.
The lives they rebuilt didn’t last long. When Martha was five years old, in 1939, Hitler ordered her family from Volhynia – they journeyed by train to a camp near Dresden in East Germany, and [then] to Wartegau, Poland. Again, in 1945, they were forced from their home …..and headed to East Germany. Russians caught up with them in the village of Parrel….A year of hardship followed.
In 1946, the Janke family made their way to Achtum, Germany, where they stayed with a local German farmer – here, the Jankes found employment and security. …. Even still, the family felt like stangers in their own land. In 1952 the Jankes made the difficult decision …. to move to … Canada. After fulfilling a two-year contract to work in the sugar beet fields of Coaldale, Alberta, the family moved to Calgary – and it here that the family finally found a place to call home. (Excerpted from back cover.)
Includes: maps, pictures, charts of: Descendants of Gottlieb Sass, August Janke
Pages: 140; Copyright: ?2008, as per p.129
Torn Roots: A bicentenniel history, genealogy and directory of a family called Wentland 1776-1976Wentland, TheodoreA bicentennial history, genealogy and directory of a family called Wentland (1776-1976)
our family name, “Wentland”, takes us back to two geographical areas in Europe, one modern, the other ancient: Volhynia and Wendland.
The very recent past tells us that we are descendants of central Europeans who settled in Volhynia during the 19th century. Therefore, a good portion of this book portrays the actual life of German colonists in that province, a onetime wilderness area in the Ukraine region of Russia.
And to go further back in time, since our family surname contains the root word Wend, it seemed only fair to make some reference … to the Slavic people called Wends … the tribesmen who once roamed the ancient territory of Wendland.

August Friedrich Wentland I (born 1786) and his wife were the first generation of Wentlands, living in Poland. The author has compiled seven generations of their descendants. Included are family stories and photos, illustrations, maps, a bibliography, family trees, copies of original documents, and a name index.
Pages: 115; Copyright: 1976.

Under Arrest: Repression of the russian Germans in the Zhitomir Region, Ukraine, in the 1930sMiller, Donald N.For years we have heard whispers about the horrors inflicted on millions of people during the Stalin years. The opening of archives in the former Soviet Union has helped researchers to uncover the teuth about what happened. In this unforgettable book, the author reveals the fate of dozens of people, helping to put faces and names on the madness of the times. Cited: Dave Obee, President FEEFHS
Chapters: GERMAN SETTLEMENTS; RISE OF COMMUNISM; FORMER TOP SECRET FILES; DESTRUCTION AT NOONDAY; THE GREAT TERROR; REHABILITATION OF HISTORY; Other: maps, pictures, Groupcase with pages of names, birthyear & last residence, record of baptist pastors, glossary, index, endnotes includes alphabetical list of names and personal information.
Pages:238, Copyright: 2004
Where the Heart Is
Hanna, NellThe first section deals with stories of the Steinbring family, such as School and Bread; Christmas Glitter; Maria’s Wedding, Loss; The Old Order Changeth. “Then one day an official government an nouncement, posted in all public places……decreed that the lands of all people not of Russian origin would revert to the Czarist governement upon their deaths. No son, whether of Russian birth or otherwise, could fall heir……This was a bitter blow to many…… Shortly afterwards another edict forbade the use of any language but Russian in any school, and forbade also any but Orthodox religious instruction in schools,. ….. Evidently Czar Nicholas II was becoming uneasy with the mutterings of his far-reaching dominions and grasped at what he could to bring stregth and unity to his crumbling empire.”
The second section section starts in 1989 near Fort Edmonton.
Contents: Volhynia, Ukraine (10 Chapters) & Alberta, Canada (15 Chapters)
Pages: 115; Copyright: 1980
Wherever You GoJanssen, RuthThis is the story of Hertha Schoenrock (Bucholtz) (1897-2012) as told by her daughter. It starts with Hertha’s birth in Volhynia, Russia, marriage to Gottfried Schoenrock in 1918, and provides stories and life experiences as they had eight children and moved from country to country, finally settling in Canada, farming in Lunnford, Alberta. Whether in Tsarist Russia, postwar Germany, United States, or Canada, Mother’s life was one of hardship and courage, of sacrifice and triumph, of adversity and success.
There are many family stories told along with her mother’s story. The author has included many photographs, and descendants of her grandparents and parents.
Table of Contents: Part I. Russia 1896-1919. Part II. Germany 1919-1923. Part III. United States Part IV. Canada 1935-1989. Appendices include: Children and Grandchildren of Friedrich Bucholtz and Albertina Heise; Descendants of Fred and Hertha Schoenrock; and Mother’s Favourite Expressions. There is also an Index of Names.
Pages: 102; Copyright: 1989.