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Genealogy and family history
by Alf Redekopp
Hiebert/Huebert: I am looking for the parents of Abram, Jacob and Peter Hiebert. These brothers were born around 1865-1875 and likely grew up in Neukirch, Molotschna. Abram settled in Wanderloo, Terek. Since 1907, Jacob was a partner with Franz B. Redekopp of a large mill in Kamenskaya, Don Gebiet. Peter was a schoolteacher in Schoental, Crimea. Contact: Leona Gislason, 442 Castlefield Ave., Toronto, ON M5N 1L5 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Epp: Seeking information on parents and siblings of Peter Jacob Epp born 1855 in Blumenort, Molotschna. Possible brother named Wilhelm (son of Jacob Epp and Maria Martens) who came to US 1878-1884. Peter moved to Wohldemfuerst in about 1864, later married Maria Ch. Schmidt. Three sons include Jacob, Johann and Nicholas. Documentation indicates possible move to Russia in 1845. Contact: Carol and Herbert Epp, 27427 Sunnyridge Road, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274-4038.
Klassen: Looking for the descendants of Heinrich Klassen and Katharina Dueck who came to Canada from Schoenhorst, Russia in 1923. The Klassens worked on farms around St. Anne and Arnaud, Manitoba. In 1932 they had five sons and one daughter. The oldest son, Peter was born in Canada in February 1924. Katharina was born ca. 1900 as the daughter of Deacon Heinrich and Katharina Dueck of Schoenhorst. In 1959 the Klassens were living on Minto Street in Winnipeg. Contact: Isaac Unger, 80 Bridgecrest Dr., Winnipeg, MB R2C 3S4.
Pankratz: Looking for information on Peter P. Pankratz who came from Russia in 1893 and settled in Mt. Lake, Minnesota. He immigrated with his parents Peter J. Pankratz (1830-1910) and Anna Kahn/Kohn/Kuhn (1835-1903) from Paulsheim, Russia. The familys ancestry can be traced to the Warsau region of Poland and immigrated to the colonies in Russia around 1835. Are there any writings or diaries where these people are mentioned? Contact: M.H. Derksen, 676 Ladore, Grand Junction, CO 81504 or e-mail: email@example.com.
Falk: Searching for information about the family history and genealogy of David Falk (1759) and his wife Sara Martens who settled in the village of Schoenwiese, South Russia. Does anyone have or know of writings such as diaries, articles or birth, death and marriage records from Schoenwiese. Contact: M.H. Derksen, 676 Ladore, Grand Junction, CO 81504 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dyck: Searching for information on the descendants of Wilhelm Dyck b. 1872 in Einlage, Chortitza, Russia d. 1918 of Typhus and married to Susanne Woelk (1874-1918). Children include: Jacob b. 1900, Anna b. 1902, Susanne, Wilhelm, Aganetha b. ca. 1910 and Peter b. 1913 d. 1992. Contact: Egon Bickelmann, Michelbach Hauptstr. 14, D-74582 Gerabronn, Germany.
Robert G. Dirks. Our Dirks Ancestors Pilgrimage from Holland to North America 1500 AD to 2000 AD (Kamloops, BC: Private publication, 1998) 280 pp.
This book contains the ancestors and descendants of Heinrich H. Dirks (1832-1894) and Aganetha Buller (1832-1911) who were born in Karolswalde, Volhynia region of Poland/Russia and died in Marion, South Dakota. The Dirks ancestral line is traced back to a David Dircks and Sarcke Schmidt married in 1701. Heinrich H. and Aganetha migrated from Volhynia in 1874 and settled in South Dakota. The book also includes photographs, copies of various legal documents such as homestead records, maps and background information about the geographical areas where the family lived. Contact: Robert G. Dirks, 1948 Sheffield Way, Kamloops, BC V2E 2M2
J.R. Kehler. The Descendants of Peter Kehler 1836-1876: Johann Kehler 1864-1927. Feature Edition. (Steinbach, MB: Private publication, 1997) 107 pp.
This book traces the descendants of Peter Kehler (1836-1876) who lived emigrated from the Bergthal Colony in 1874 and settled in Manitoba. He passed away in 1876, leaving a widow with 5 children. At least some of these children were given to adoptive families. The book includes genealogical data, photographs and some images of original documents. Contact: J.R. Kehler, Box 20737, Steinbach, MB R0A 2T2.
Am Trakt Village Census on FEEFHS Website
The Federation for East European Family History Societies (FEEFHS) was founded in June 1992 by a small group of American and Canadian genealogists with diverse ethnic, religious and national backgrounds. From a beginning of eleven societies accepted into its membership the first year, it has grown to include over 170 member organizations. Their motto is UNITY-HARMONY-DIVERSITY as they welcome all societies and individuals into their membership, regardless of present or past strife in the homelands of Central and Eastern Europe.
FEEFHS communicates with its individual and organizational members in many ways such as a quarterly newsletter, sponsoring national and regional conferences, publishing resources such as the Resource Guide to East European Genealogy and hosting an Internet WWW (World Wide Web) site.
FEEFHS HomePage on the Web since May 1995 consists of 108.5 megs of data (equivalent to 3,631 pages) with a 211,898 word search engine index, surname databases, maps and cross-indexes to related sources. The URL (Web Address) is: http://feefhs.org.
One significant discovery for Mennonites at this web site is the census list for the first two villages established by Mennonites emigrating from Prussia in 1855 and 1856 to the Trakt Settlement located in the province of Samara on the Volga River. This document contains the names and ages of all the residents of the villages of Hahnsau and Koeppental as of 1857. The specific URL is: feefhs.org/frl/ru/volga/samara/revlist/1857.html.
Send inquiries to Alf Redekopp, 600 Shaftesbury Blvd., Winnipeg, MB R3P 0M4.
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