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Alexander, Dale T (Scotland)The Alexander Chronicles
Ancestors and Descendants of Michael Alexander
Michael Alexander, born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1810, followed in his family's footsteps and became a weaver. In 1835 he married Margaret Hammond, an Irish immigrant whose family had come to Scotland to escape the harsh conditions in Ireland. Michael and Margaret emigrated to an area eventually known as Pontiac County, Quebec.

The overcrowding, the exploitive nature of the nEwald Wuschke industrial mills and the general breakdown of social services, caused other visitors to describe Glasgow as one of the most wretched, evil places in any civilized country.

Living in this troubled atmosphere Michael and Margaret Alexander decided to try for a nEwald Wuschke life elsEwald Wuschkehere. Sometime between 1841 and 1844, they emigrated to Canada and began farming. At this distance, we cannot know what reasons finally prompted the young family to seek a nEwald Wuschke beginning. Perhaps it was the constantly falling wages and the fact that the hand loom weavers were rapidly being displaced by the nEwald Wuschke steam-driven looms. Perhaps it was the overall deterioration of social conditions in the city. Perhaps it was the fact that two of their infant children had already died within a year of their births. Or perhaps it was simply a desire to find a better life.

Table of Contents: 1. Myths from the Mists of Time. 2. The Clans. 3. Heraldry. 4. The Ancestors and Descendants of Michael Alexander [8 generations] 5. Notes and References. 6. Coming to Terms (Glossary). 7. Name Index

This is a genealogical compilation of descendants up to the 8th generation (1970's to 1980's), including any other historical facts the author was able to find about Scotland and Quebec. Many maps, pictures, and pedigree charts are included throughout.
Pages: 492; Copyright: 1993.
Manning, Donald1. Descendants of Friederich George Altwasser
2. Descendants of Andreas Grams
1. Descendants of Friederich George Altwasser
Friederich George Altwasser (1775-1833) from Czepow dolny Poland, married Anna Louise Weisner before 1815.
This is a genealogical compilation of descendants up to the 7th generation (1960's to 1980's), including any other facts the author was able to find. (# Pages: 14)

2. Descendants of Andreas Grams
Andreas Grams married Ann Marie Mogdans; they had one child, Martin Grams, born 1792 in Szczapanow, Parish Dabie, Poland.
This is a genealogical compilation of descendants up to the 7th generation (1960's to 1980's), including any other facts the author was able to find. (# Pages: 26)

Pages: 40; Copyright: (?1998)
Wuschke, Ewald The Arndt Family
Of Neudorf, Lang, and Yellow Grass SaskatchEwald Wuschkean
There were many Arndt families in the Wladyslawow Church entries between 1776 and 1800. … This Arndt familly was living in Aschforth, Posen …

Michael Arndt and Elizabeth Guderjan were the parents of Michael Jr born at Aschenforth, Rogasen, Posen, between 1786 and 1790. This is a genealogical compilation of descendants up to the 4th generation and beyond, including any other facts the author was able to find. The author also included maps of Posen and other areas.
Pages: 12; Copyright: 1990.
Arndt, Nikolaus Und Stebner, TatjanaDie Familien Arndt Und StebnerDie Familien Arndt und Stebner kannten sich flüchtig bereits aus dem Jahren vor dem Ersten Weltkrieg......

Die Arndts:  Die Familie wuβte in Wolhynien bereits  in groben Zügen über ihre Herkunft Bescheid, doch 1943 lieβ es sich Carl Arndt amtlich bestätigen, daβ sein Vater und Großvater aus Schwiebus in der östlichen Mark Brandenburg stammten. .....

Die Stebners:  Über die Stegner-Vorfahren sind recht wenig Angaben überliefert.  Sie wanderten um 1875 aus der Gegend von Kuno in Mittelpolen nach Wohlynien ein und siedelten in der Kolonie Fürstendorf, russisch Lessnaja, Kreis Östrog. ......

Die Hartels und Titzes:  Es ist ein angenehmer Zufall, daβ durch den Titzeschen Zweig der Harte-Linie viele Begegnungen zustande kamen ........

Stammbaum:  Ahnen- und Nachfahrentafel der Familie Arndt und Stebner im Jahre 1996.

Bildteil: Seiten 47 - 121.  Zahlen und Buchstaben in Klammern geben die Zugehörigkeit in der Ahnentafel an.

Bildband über Familienzweige aus Ostdeutschland, Wolhynien in der westlichen Ukraine, aus Polen, dem Ostsudetenland und aus Franken.
Pages: 132; Copyright: 1996.
Neuman, RonSampolno To StrathconaThe history of Neuman and Arndt families leads us from modern 20th century North America to Poland in the 19th century and then back to Germany in the 18th century.  For us to have a proper understanding of the life and migrations of our ancestors, we must have an elementary knowledge of the political situation in north-central Europe in the period from 1750 to 1900. ......

Chapter Titles : Origins in Germany,  German Colonization fo Sompolno, One Hundred Years in Poland, Life in A German Colony "That Darn Riske Was Here Again!", Sompolno to Strathcona, Edmonton in 1990 "The Land Where You Walk on Roses", Homesteading in Canada, ....A Generation Later, German Farm Life in Canada, Family Reunion 1983, Genealogy [Family Tree, plus 100+ pages of Family Group Forms  linked to the Neiman-Arndt Genealogy Family Tree]

Includes: 100+ pages of Family forms
Pages: 264; Copyright: 1984.
Arndt, NikolausDie Shitomirer ArndtsEine Familienchronik auf dem Hintergrund 150 Jähriger Geschichte der westlichen Ukraine.  Gottlieb Arndt, 1802-1832, als Weber von Schwiebus nach Zgierz.  Julius Arndt, 1827-1907, der “Großvater” als Begründer der Shitomirer Arndts und seine Töchter.  Julius Arndt, 1860-1933, der erfolgreiche “Mühlsche Herr” von Beresowka. Karl Arndt, 1877-1966, vom Richter der Zarenzeit zum führenden sowjetischen Experten für Heilpflanzenanbau.  Johann Arndt, 1867-1930, “Wohynische Sphynx” und Landwirt in Tscheremoschno.  Register der Namen und Orte.  Wort-und Sacherklärungen.  Literaturverzeichnis.  Seiten 151 Copyright: 1970
Wuschke, Ewald The Klatt FamilyThis is research into the Klatt families in Poland, going into Church Records to discover various Klatts and trying to connect them. The records are from 1776-1806, 1832-1865, 1820-1867, and 1826-1867. In particular Johann Klatts, Michael Klatts, and Martin Klatts are being investigated.

The author has included a letter, Descendant Reports, Trau Registers [Marriage Registers], and a Todten Register [Death Register].
Pages: 18; Copyright: (?2010).
Sonnenburg, LeontinaMy Life Experiences And StrugglesThis 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 NEwald Wuschke 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.
Wuschke, Ewald Gottlieb Benke Jr. Family 1901-1902In 1988 in Russia, Gottlieb Benke (1862-1947) from Lipigur, Kalisch, Poland, married Charlotte Adeline S Hafer (1870-1934) from Scharlottental, Dauland?, Germany. They had eight children--two born in Wolhynien, Russia, and six born in the state of Michigan, USA.

This is a genealogical compilation, including letters and maps. There is an extensive Descendant Report of the Gottlieb family. The author has also included Parts I and II from the SGGEE Journals dated December 2001 and March 2002--"Drang nach Osten" (The German Migration to the East), presented by Jerry Frank to the Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe Convention, 2001.
Pages: 60; Copyright: 2002.
Berendt, ErichSeven Generations Of Alexander Berendt's Family HistoryAlexander Berendt was born on December 25, 1898 in the village of Alexandrovka-Bronitska in the region of Volynia (Ukraine) Russia. …
One characteristic, above all others, seems to stand out in the history of the Berendt family. They have willingly risked themselves in adventure enduring difficult circumstances, moving from place to place in the hope of a better life.

This is the story of Alexander Berendt (1898-1984), starting with his life in Volynia, under Polish and Russian rule. He married Alma Jahr (1906-1952) from the village of Serijefka in 1923. In 1927 they sold all their possessions, and, with three very young girls, set out for Moscow. They hoped to go to Canada, but couldn't get any visas, so went to Mexico instead. They lived in Juarez, Mexico, until 1929 when they were finally sponsored to come to Edmonton, Canada. Alexander was very musical--he sang in the choir at the Trinity Lutheran Church, and eventually directed the choir and arranged musical scores.

Included is an etymology of family names and the Berendt Family Tree.
Pages: 17; Copyright: 1978.
Less, Virginia, Less, GerhardtThe Wandering Bergstrasser ClanFamily 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.
Wuschke, Ewald The Bergstrasser Family…We believe this is the Johann Bergstrasser that married Julianne Vogel who was born in 1828 as well. At some time this family moved to the Novograd Volynsk area in Volhynia. They had seven known children. Johann died in 1890 and his wife Julianne died in 1924 at the age of 96. ...

This is a genealogical compilation of the descendants of Johann and Julianne. It also includes where the Bergstressers intermarried with the Bieberdorfs in Volhynia, and the Bergstressers of Radisson, Sask.
Pages: 8; Copyright: 1992.
Gray, Arleen (Brenner), Brenner, Verna (Sinclair)The Bessel TreeThis year (1991) marks the hundredth year of our ancestors settling at Langenburg, SaskatchEwald Wuschkean.

This is about Christian Bessel (1842-1912) and Emilie Bankowski (1846-1928), their life, and their descendants from five children. We know that both Christian and Emilie were adventurous and had rugged determination. Christian was almost 50 and Emilie was in her mid forties when they took up a nEwald Wuschke life in a foreign country.

Christian and Emilie Bessel resided in Germany until they emigrated to Russia in 1872 and took up farming in the Volhynia district. Around 1891, the family (including the youngest children) escaped by crossing the border into Germany, and eventually setting sail for Canada. They travelled by train to Langenburg, and took up a homestead.

The authors have included genealogy, a small history of each of the descendants, a Name Index, and many family photographs throughout.
Pages: 300; Copyright: 1991.
Biberdorf, EmilSpreading Branches
The Biberdorf Family Tree
Gottlieb Biberdorf lived and died in Danzig. He left a widow, given name unknown and three sons, Peter, John, and Fred. His widow married again and in about 1790 to 1800 during the Napoleanonic wars, the family left for Russia, trekking through Poland.
The Biberdorf family's movements in Russia are not clearly recorded; however, ... they eventuallly settled in the Volhynia region of the Ukraine, in the area of Dermanka and Annette. Here they enjoyed their right to worship according to their faith, and to pursue their capabilities as able farmers as well as tradesmen and craftsmen.

In 1928, after World War I and under Communist rule, the author's family decided to emigrate. They eventually settled in Frobisher, SaskatchEwald Wuschkean, and continued farming.

The author has included a list of descendants, some of the family stories, and some photographs.
Pages: 57; Copyright: 1976.
Porter, Elene (Bieberdorf), Yoast, Theo (Bieberdorf)Bieberdorf - Biberdorf
Our Family Book
Gottlieb Bieberdorf was a sea captain who lived before 1790 at Bohnsack, South and East of Danzig, with his wife and 3 sons, Peter, Friedrich, and Johann. Gottlieb died at sea, about 1790. … In 1801 the owner of the estate of Philipowitsch, near Novograd Volynsk, invited German farmers from the Danzig area, Poland, and Galicia to "work" his land, ...

This is a genealogical compilation of the Gottlieb Bieberdorf descendants, sometimes to the 9th generation. Included are: maps, copies of original documents and letters (with translations), a Name Index, and family stories.
Pages: 500; Copyright: (?1987).
Bjorkquist, Constance (Connie) (Sweden)Bjorkquist Family HistoryThe Bjorkquist family traces their roots back to the island of Gotland, a major island in the Baltic Sea betweeen Sweden and Finland. The first generation starts with Marten Larsson Bjorkquist (1751-1823), a farmer, who was married twice. In 1772 he married his first wife, Margarita Villebrantsdotter (1745-1790), and they had five children. In 1791 he married his second wife, Stina Cajsa Gantin (1764-1815), and they had two children. A number of the families spread eventually to the United States and Canada.

The author covers five to eight generations of family lines. Various family stories, photographs, copies of original documents are included throughout, as well as family trees.

Table of Contents: Part 1: The Beginnings of the Bjorkquist Family. Part 2: The Beginnings of the Olofsson Line. Part 3: Joining of the Blomquist's and Bjorkquist's. Part 4: The Family of Carl and Betty Bjorkquist. Index of Names.
Pages: 167; Copyright 2005.
Teske, JaneNine Children Who Started Our WorldJohann Breitkreutz (1856-1933) was born in Perterkau, Kliscow, Poland, and together with his wife Karolina (1858-1935), a son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter immigrated from Volhynia to Stony Plain, Alberta, in 1912. They followed a son who had already emigrated to Canada, and other children emigrated later.

Volhynia was a place of beauty and diversity. In the northern country... lush wet lands, in the mid-country... rolling hills and in the south... rich black soil. It was also a country bridging some of the most powerful nations. Volhynia was for the most part occupied by Russia, Poland and Germany.

I've divided our family history into Nine chapters, one for each child of Johann and Caroline Breitkreutz. These childen are referred to as the " Elders ". The nine Elder chapters, then have subheadings revealing their children. This book is about familiarizing ourselves with the life stories of the Elders and the children of the Elders ...

The author has also included maps, timelines, many photographs and family stories, and genealogy for six generations.

Table of Contents:
Part One: The Volhynia Story: A Family in Comparison. [Our Breitkreutz history parallels with many of the Germans of that time. Part One, was completely written by RON NEUMAN, as part of his families life story, A Lippert History . I chose to use his story as a parallel to the Breitkreutz family since they led a similar life. ...the Lipperts were not relatives but most likely friends and / or neighbours to the Breitkreutzes.] 1. Origins in Germany. 2. Migration to Poland. 3. Lippert Experience in Volhynia. 4. Volhynia to Canada.
Part Two: Breitkreutz Elders. I. A Narrative of Johann & Karoline. II. Our Immigration Line. III. Nine Children Who Started Our World
Pages: 260; Copyright: 1996. [Grammar and spelling are reproduced from the book.]
Gray, Arleen, Brenner, VernaA Tree In B.U.D. -  Brenner-Ulmer-DusterhoftWe dedicate this book to Hulda (Brenner) Betke. At the time of this writing she is in her 82nd year. She has been given the opportunity to tell her story and that of her ancestors. We have had several interviEwald Wuschkes with her.

Carolina Dusterhoft (died 1919 in Russia) married Karl Brenner (born 1876 in Rowno, Russia), and they had six children all born at Studzin Vohlynia, Poland (later known as Tuczyn, Russia): Bertha, Wanda, Henry, Theodore, Hulda (born 1911), and Leon. Karl desired to go to America (the land of milk and honey), and in 1913 left Carolina to support her children as best she could.

Karl came to Canada, eventually moving to Millwood, Manitoba, and in 1927 married Elizabeth Ulmer (born 1889 in Austria). They had one child, Ruth Lydia Brenner. In 1929, Karl wrote to Hulda in Poland, asking her to come to Canada. She was matched with Heinrich (Henry) Betke and married him in 1930 in Millwood, Manitoba. They had four children.

Part 1 covers the histories of Carolina (Dusterhoft) Brenner and Karl Brenner. Part 2 covers the histories of the children (and grandchildren): Wanda Brenner, Henry Brenner, Hulda Brenner, and Ruth Lydia Brenner.

The authors have included a Name Index, and copies and translations of several original documents pertaining to Hulda (Brenner) Betke in an Appendix. Of particular interest: Baptism Certificate; a Canadian Pacific Railway, Warsaw Office, ticket to Millwood Canada; Certificate of Morality.
Pages: 22; Copyright: 1992.
Janssen, RuthWherever You GoThis 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; Desendants of Fred and Hertha Schoenrock; and Mother's Favourite Expressions. There is also an Index of Names.
Pages: 102; Copyright: 1989.
Two printouts done in March 2007Altstädt Information From SGGEE Website FilesThese are printouts from genealogical searches done on the Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe's website. They cover different spellings of "Altstadt", and demographic data for these individuals. The earliest birth date is in the year 1788, and the latest in 1966.
Pages: 13; Copyright: N/A
Criddle, Alma (England)Criddle-De-Diddle-EnsisThis is a biographical history of the Criddles of Aweme, Manitoba, who were pioneers of the 1880's. It begins with Percy (1844-1918) and Alice (1849-1918) Criddle. Percy starts his diaries in Surrey, England, and moves his family in 1882 to farming life in Manitoba. Percy chronicled the events of his daily life for almost thirty-five years. His diaries painted in word pictures the way of life, for this pioneer settler at least, in Manitoba -- the good times and the bad -- and perhaps unwittingly, offered a revealing glimpse into the mind and heart of the writer. The diaries contain countless details of commonplace things -- the daily items that made up pioneer life...

The book contains many family stories, illustrations and photographs, and a bibliography.
Pages: 288; Copyright: 1973.
Wuschke, Ewald The Damaske Family
(Damaschke, Dumaschke, Thomaschke)
The author has compiled genealogical information from various sources to locate the earliest information on the Damaske family. Johann Damaske was born between 1720 and 1740, and had two sons, Johann George and Daniel, born about 1760 in Slawsk Holland, Poland. The author also investigates many other Damaskes, including the records for the first Damaske family in Manitoba.
Pages: 8; Copyright: 1993.
Wuschke, Ewald , Lenz, KarlThe Deutschlaender FamilyThis is a genealogical compilation starting with George Deutschlaender (born 1702) and Rosina Nitschke (born 1712), a family from the Kobylin and Dabie areas of Poand. It extensively covers several generations.
Pages: 30; Copyright: (?1997)
Wuschke, Ewald The Domres Family
(Also Domries, Domreis, Dumries, Domroese, etc)
This is genealogical compilation of the earliest Domres families.

The original Domries (spelled Dumroese) family was part of the early 1780's movement from Posen and the Neumark to Poland.... around 1790, they settled permanently in the village of Tarnowe, near Wladyslawow.

The parents, Michael Dumroese and Anna Maria Kurtz (Curtin) were married somEwald Wuschkehere in Posen or Neumark before 1778, and had at least five children (Erdman, Anna Maria, Gottlieb, Johan, and Gottfried), between 1778 and 1798.

It also includes two other Dumres at Wladyslawow, Kristof Dumres and Johan Domries.
Pages: 10; Copyright 1989.
Domes, Herb, Domes, ArtA Century Of Doms History In Western CanadaThis book is dedicated to the sons and daughters of Ludwig, Wilhelm, and Gustav Doms…. We are using the spelling of DOMS, in recognition of the way the name was spelled in Poland and Russia, prior to coming to Canada. In the book itself, we are using DOMES as it is being spelled by the Yellow Grass, Lang and Biggar Clans; and DOHMS, as the name is spelled by the Fenwod Clan.

Ernestyny Hein (born 1828) married Ludwik Doms (born 1829), recorded in Chodecz, Poland. They had five children (August, Karolina, and Ludwik in Chodecz; and Wilhelm and Gustav in Lutzk, Volhynia) between 1852 and 1866. August and Karolina chose to stay in Russia, but Wilhelm, Gustav, Ludwig (Ludwik) and their families eventually emigrated to Saskatchewan, Canada (1894 to 1901).

The Focus of this book is on the third generation of Domes' and Dohms'. We have asked them to provide us with the stories of their grandparents, their parents and their own stories which include their children and grand children. In most cases the book covers six generations.

Table of Contents: Part I. Descendants of Ludwig and Rosalia Dohms. Part II. Descendants of Wilhem and Julianna Domes. Part III. Descendants of Gustav and Ottilie Domes. Part IV. Descendants of Ludwig and Juliana Domes.

The authors have included maps and country histories, numerous photographs and family histories, a Name Index, and copies and translations of some original documents. There is also an introduction written by Ewald Wuschke, "A People's History".
Pages: 380; Copyright: (?1990)
Effa, Lucille M The Effa Family History 1833-1993I 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 and the USA, struggled to adapt, to integrate and become proud Canadians and Americans. ……..

Parts:
1. Background of Our Roots: OverviEwald Wuschke of Poland, Brief Political History of Poland, Background of German Settlements in Poland, Lutherans and Baptists in Poland; Maps
2. Genealogies and Family Histories
Including: Effa, Stebner
3. Potpourri
Including: Twin Trivia, 1988 Reunion Pictures, Other Effa Families, Songs, Recipes, Name Index
4. Additional Family Records
Blank chart forms and pages for personal family records
Pages: 364; Copyright: 1993.
Petznik, Joyce (Esslinger)Esslinger / Eslinger 1787-1999
Tracing the "Family Roots" from Europe to Canada
It is the purpose of this book to record some of our family stories and life experiences, and to document names and data before family links become too widely scattered and irretrievable. Our family Pioneers were involved in the history of Canada, in the history of their church, and in the history of life in Europe. Their focus was to forge a life reflecting benefit to their community and country. Among us still are some whose parents and grandparents were a part of the homesteading era in Canada. Pioneer days and those early times ae still within living memory, but only barely so, for all memories fail and those who remember at all become pitifully fEwald Wuschke.

The family history starts with George Heinrich Esslinger (born in Guglingen, Calwirter, Wurtemburg, Germany) with his wife and four children in Neu Sulzfeld, Poland, in 1801. The "Beresina" settlement in the NorthWest Territories (the province of SaskatchEwald Wuschkean) was founded in 1888. The name came from their origin in the old country. The author includes genealogical information for nine generations, and stories and pictures about what life would have been like during those times.

Table of Contents:
Part I: Our European Roots.
Part II: Our Canadian Roots.
Part III: History of Esslinger - Related. (Their lives in Canada, photos and family trees of descendants)
Part IV: Esslinger - Not Related - Canada.
Part V: Esslinger Reunions
Pages: 321; Copyright: 1999.
Effa, Lucille M (Fillenberg)Our Falkenberg Family 1767 - 2000This 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 nEwald Wuschke land. Here are stories of extreme hardship and sacrifices that were endured in order for their vision to be fulfilled.

Sections:
Preface: Dedication, Acknowledgments, ForEwald Wuschkeord, Introduction, Thoughts on Genealogy, Thoughts on Family & Home, Roots, Belonging to God’s Family
1. Background of Our Roots
2. The NEwald Wuschke ‘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.
Freehling, RuthOur Kith and KinThe author has written a family history of her grandparents and parents from Volhynia. Her mother, Adolfine Pauline Raboldt (1886-1967) had three children with her first husband, Albert Richter (1884-1914), married in 1908. To get out of Russia (about 1920), a friend posed as her "German citizen husband" with false papers and photographs, enabling her to go to East Prussia.

Her second husband, Ferdinand Schneider (1876-1955), from Marianin, Volhynia, had lost his first family at the beginning of World War I when they were deported to Siberia while he was in America trying to become a US citizen. Ferdinand was in North Dakota in 1921, when he wrote to Adolfine's relatives, requesting information for a German woman, with or without children, who would be interested in marrying him. After an exchange of pictures and letters, Adolfine and her two children came to the US, where she married Ferdinand in 1922, and they became US citizens. The author, Ruth, was born in 1923.

This is the second part of Ruth's story, about her ancestors (pages 39-112). The first part (not included) is about her husband's family. She has included family stories, maps, photographs, and copies and translations of original documents and family letters.
Pages: 112; Copyright: 1990.
Arnold, Corinne, Arnold, MartyFritz-Ke Family TreeWilhelm Fritz or Fritz-ke (1827-1907), married several times: Juliana Gloff married 1849 in Poland (two children), Augustine Graumann ? or Wilhelmine ?, Justine Graumann (1840-1889) married approx 1859/60 likely in Poland (eight children), and Anna Susanna Henke Gloff Graumann (1840-1929) married 1890 in Wolhynia (nine children from two previous marriages). Of Willhelm's ten known children, at least five came from Wolhynia to North America, settling in Hubbard, SK, and Wisconsin, US, amongst other areas.

The author has included genealogical research up to the sixth generation in some cases (1970's to 1980's) with various family stories, photos, maps, and copies of original documents.
Pages: 475; Copyright: (?1997).
Gabert, Fred T (Reverend)My Life In ReviewThese are the memoirs of Reverend Fred Gabert (1910-2005). His father, Friedrich Wilhelm Gabert (1881-1944) came to Canada in 1896 from Volhynia, Russia with his parents, brothers and sisters, and they farmed in Bruderheim, Alberta. His mother, Maria Sophia Christiana (Weder) (1885-1918), emigrated to Canada from Mansfeld, Germany, in 1887 at the age of two years with her parents and married Friedrich in 1909 in Beaver Hills.

The author's memoirs cover his ancestors, growing up and experiences on the farm, going to school, attending Seminary school, and various Lutheran Church Ministries in Alberta and British Columbia. He married Renata "Lillian" Schneider (1912-2016 ) from Edmonton in 1937, and they had three children (Lucille, Sylvia, and Howard). He retired in Vancouver, BC, where he had served as a vacancy pastor in the Fraser Valley area.

Included are various family photos, and family trees for both the Gaberts and the Schneiders covering seven to eight generations up to 1970's.
Pages: 45; Copyright: 1984.
Gerlinger, JackFour of Us Made ItJack Gerlinger, the fifth of seven children of Frederick and Maria (Mauer) Gerlinger, was born on April 9, 1905 in Samara, Russia. About 1923 Jack emigrated to Saskatchewan, Canada, from Germany In 1932 he settled in the Peace River area of Alberta, where he married Sophie Knudtson in 1934 at Hythe, Alberta. They had five children, and operated the post office and general store for 37 years in Lymburn, Alberta, after farming for a few years. In 1973 they retired to Edmonton.

His story starts at age of six in Orlov Gai and Hoffenthal, close to Krasny Kut, Russia. Most of the story and reminiscences are situated in Russia, Germany, coming to Canada, and the arrival in Lymburn, Alberta in 1931. The story itself finishes at his retirement in 1973.

There are some family photos included.
Pages: 101; Copyright: (?1973)
Jouan, Marion L. (Scotland)Grahams Of MontroseThe land of Montrose, situated on the North East part of Scotland was given to the Graham clan by Robert Bruce, as the price a battle of Cardross on Clyde…. James Graham, Marquis of Montrose was born in 1612…. and executed in 1850…. We now begin the story of Robert's Branch of the Graham family tree.

Robert Maxwell Graham was born in Scotland 1815 and died in New Brunswick about 1904... In Scotland, when he refused to marry his father's choice of a bride, his father immediately cut his son off of all inheritance, and all family ties were broken. He married his sweetheart, Margaret Sinclair, and immediately bought passages on a sailing ship to Canada, about 1842 or 1843, eventually landing in St. John, New Brunswick. He worked as a baker, and from 1845 to 1848 had five children (the eldest son of the eldest son traditionally called Robert Maxwell).

The author includes numerous personal family stories and photographs from this Robert Maxwell Graham descendants from across Canada.
Pages: 216; Copyright: 1980.
Wuschke, Ewald 1. Volhynian Heritage (2 copies) 
2. Die Schwaben Und Die Kaschuben
These are two presentations given in 1993 by Ewald Wuschke as Editor and Publisher of The Wandering Volhynians.

1. Volhynian Heritage is a synopsis of the history and problems of the Germans from Volhynia, and starts in the 1500's. (# Pages: 5)

2. Die Schwaben Und Die Kaschuben is an insight on two groups of Germans in Poland. The rivalry between the two was intense. The Shwab had a thousand years of culture to be proud of and preserve. The Kashub, in turn, was proud of his ability to adjust and turn wilderness into productive communities.... It has been almost 200 years that the two groups began to rub elbows in Poland and now, in the younger generation, are they beginning to accept one another. (# Pages: 5)
Pages: 10; Copyright: 1993.
Wuschke, Ewald The Descendants of Martin GramsMartin Grams was born about 1796 and he was married twice. Martin's first wife was Rosine Meier and they had three children. Martin's second wife was Appolonia Krentz and they had nine children. He lived in the village of Szczapanow, Parish Dabie, Poland.

This Review of the Martin Grams family is an abbreviated version of the past history and only covers the descendants for two generations. This was done to make it easier to understand the different branches of the family.....The information covers the years 1826 - 1880.

The author includes reference entries to the Zhitomir data base, and Grams in Canada not belonging to this family.
Pages: 21; Copyright: 1994.
Lenz, Karl AEmil Greve FamilyFor the occasion of the 50th wedding anniversary of Emil Greve and Martha (Elke) Greve, it was decided to record the family history as we know it today.

Emil Greve (1891-1980) was born in Illinois, USA, and in 1906 when he was one year old moved with some of his family to Lanigan, Saskatchewan, when land became too expensive in Illinois. He first married Wilhelmine "Minnie" Stephan (1897-1924) in 1917 and they had five children. His second wife in 1930 was Martha Elke (1908-1990) and they had six children.

The author has researched the ancestors of Emil Greve to before the 1750's in Badbergen, Bishopric of Osnabrueck, German-Roman Empire; Minnie Stephan to Prussia and Germany in the 1860's; and Martha Elke to Poland in the 1830's.

The author has included genealogical charts on the Greve, Stephan, and Elke families; family histories, photographs and stories; maps, and a history of family and town through pictures.
Pages: 87; Copyright: 1980.
Grift, Edward D (Netherlands)Heritage of the Grift Family 1846-1985Johannus 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 land 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 stories.
Pages: 215; Copyright: 1988.
Nolan, Joyce (Gussie)The Gussie FamilyThis book is dedicated to the Gussie Family Reunion of August 1995, and includes families of Guse, Gusse, and Gussie.

August Guse (1877-1924) married Adela Engol (1882-1910) in Volhynia and they had four children. Due to conditions in Volhynia, the familly emigrated to Canda in 1909, and farmed in Beausejour, Manitoba. August's second wife was Julianna Shwark, married in 1921, and they had at least two children.

One of the sons, Edward Guse (1905-1956) married Albalena "Lena" Prill (1907-1955) in 1929, in Green Bay, Manitoba, and they had twelve children (including the author).

The author has included family trees, siblings of both Edward and Lena, and histories and family stories of her brothers and sisters and their descendants. Many family photos throughout.
Pages: 130; Copyright: 1995.
Hennig, Carl J (Reverend)The Carl J. Hennig Family HistoryMy "history" is to be just what the name implies, a record of things I did and what happened to me, and later to my wife and family, but it will also reflect the times and conditions during the early years, especially during the Depression.

The author's story starts with his grandfather, Christian Hennig (1850-1933), a tailor from Galicia, Austria. In 1896 Christian and children, with his second wife, were sponsored by a cousin to come to America and farm. Valentin (1882-1940), the author's father, came to Stony Plain Alberta in 1897, farmed, and in 1905, married Elizabeth Lutz (1886-xxxx), also from Galicia. Carl was one of twelve children and writes about his early life, going to school, going to Seminary school, and life as a pastor in Alberta and British Columbia. He married Lydia Riske in 1938, and they had five children between 1941 and 1949. They retired in 1972 to Surrey, BC.
Pages: 40; Copyright: 1983.
Leonardt, Betty (Volga Germans)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 cultures of the family from the 1760s onwards: Catherine the Great, Empress and Autocrat of Russia issued her famous manifesto on July 22, 1763 in the hopes that foreigners would come into Russia as settlers and occupy the acres of empty lands there.

Most of the 100+ chapters are individual stories of members of the family, culminating in an overviEwald Wuschke of a reunion planned in 1983 in Drumheller. There are many original records and pictures interspersed throughout the book.
Pages: 304; Copyright: 1983.
Krause, Bertha Louise SchmidtDescendants of John Schmidt and Magdalena KopfensteinOur 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 family living on a homestead in the Northwest Territories, now known as SaskatchEwald Wuschkean.

In the fall of 1900, their oldest son, John and his wife, Elizabeth and eight children, left Petersthal, Russia to join their parents….

My parents, Henry and Anna [Tschetter] Schmidt moved to Montana in 1912, where Dad applied for a homestead…..We moved to Portland, Oregon in 1925, and have lived in the United States since.

Table of Contents: Various Family stories, including:Schmidt, Kopfenstein, Schmid, Daffe, Lehman, McKen, Tschetter, Schauer, Vollmer, Miller, Schiner, Morgan, Schock, Wallman, Baney, Kimmel, Batke, Gabert; Index of Names

Many original documents and pictures included throughout.
Pages: 387; Copyright: 1989.
Weiss, Immanuel, Wieland, George FBessarabian 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. Our unit was outnumbered maybe five to one. …….. 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 left Swabia in south-western Germany at the beginning of the nineteenth century to take up the Russian Tsar’s offer of free land in Bessarabia. Five generations later, Immanuel and Johanna and their fellow Bessarabian Germans still typified the Swabian culture and values: they were independent-minded, religious, fanatic about work, and frugal.

This book will use the words of Immanuel Weiss and his wife Johanna to describe the life of Bessarabian peasants as they went from the peaceful years of the 1930s to the Soviet invasion of 1940, of being “saved” and resettled by the Nazis in Poland, and then living through the madness of the fighting on Germany’s East Front. ……. The words of this story come from five years of interviEwald Wuschkes, letters, phone conversations, and written memories. ……

Table of Contents: 1. Bessarabia 2. In the Romanian Army 3. The Russians Come 4. Drafted Again 5. On the Western Front 6. Flight of the Women and Children 7. Prying the Family Loose From the Communists 8. Refugee Life 9. Land of Opportunity 10. Surviving as a Farmer Today 11. The Next Generation 12. German Success Breeds Hatred 13. Visiting the Communists 14. Bad Dreams Bibliography Map
Pages: 149; Copyright: 1991.
Pinno, Erhard, Pinno, LoreneIn Search of A Heimatland (2 Copies)
Memoirs of My Faith Journey from Wolhynia to Canada - Alma (Pinno) Kisser
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, and life of her ancestors, the Wolhynian Germans. …. We know from oral family history that the Lengerts and Pinnos were long-time residents of Wolhynia. Gottlieb Pinno, Alma’s father, seemed to think that Wolhynia was their ancestral home for 200 years.

Chapter Titles: Ancestral Journeys, Alma (Pinno) Kisser Genealogy, Return to The Heimatland, At Home in Matyldow, Clouds of War, Resettlement In Warthegau, Die Große Flucht, At “Home” in Laase, Venturing Into The Unknown, Discovering My NEwald Wuschke Heimatland, Bound Together In Love, God Made A Way, Life In The Promised Land, A Home Of Our Own, The Everlasting Heimatland, Entering The Valley, Through The Valley Of The Shadow, The Journey of Walter’s Family, Bearing Fresh Fruit Along The Way, My Three Brothers, Connecting With The Past, Seventy-Five Years of God’s Faithfulness

A variety of black & white/colour pictures and maps are interspersed within the content.
Pages: 191; Copyright: 2008.
Pinno, Erhard, Pinno, LoreneIn Search of A Heimatland (2 Copies)
Memoirs of My Faith Journey from Wolhynia to Canada - Alma (Pinno) Kisser
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, and life of her ancestors, the Wolhynian Germans. …. We know from oral family history that the Lengerts and Pinnos were long-time residents of Wolhynia. Gottlieb Pinno, Alma’s father, seemed to think that Wolhynia was their ancestral home for 200 years.

Chapter Titles: Ancestral Journeys, Alma (Pinno) Kisser Genealogy, Return to The Heimatland, At Home in Matyldow, Clouds of War, Resettlement In Warthegau, Die Große Flucht, At “Home” in Laase, Venturing Into The Unknown, Discovering My NEwald Wuschke Heimatland, Bound Together In Love, God Made A Way, Life In The Promised Land, A Home Of Our Own, The Everlasting Heimatland, Entering The Valley, Through The Valley Of The Shadow, The Journey of Walter’s Family, Bearing Fresh Fruit Along The Way, My Three Brothers, Connecting With The Past, Seventy-Five Years of God’s Faithfulness

A variety of black & white/colour pictures and maps are interspersed within the content.
Pages: 191; Copyright: 2008.