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Medicine Hat and District

Germans from Russia Society

Some Basic Genealogy Websites

General Sites

www.familysearch.org             LDS site

www.cyndislist.com                genealogical links

www.rootsweb.com               free pages - collaborative collection by users

www.ancestry.com                 Some free pages;  user-pay sites incl. US & British Censuses

http://ellisisland.org                                        Ellis Island

http://www.genealogical.com                         Genealogy Warehouse (Books, etc)

http://www.higginsonbooks.com/                   Higginson's Books

http://www.cyndislist.com/occupatn.htm        General Ancient Occupations

http://www.immigrantships.net                       Passenger lists of ships  on-line free

http://germans-from-russia-settlements.blogspot.com                  Old German settlements in Russia


http://www.archives.gov/index.html                 National Archives (NARA)

http://www.rootsweb.com/usgenweb/               US  Archives - census, wills, marriage bonds, etc

http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/                       Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records

www.ngsgenealogy.org                                    National Genealogical Society

http://www.mayflower.org/                              Mayflower Lineage Society

httn://www.founderspatriots.org/                      American Founders & Patriots

http://www.firstfamilies.org/db/                       First Families 1600's Database

http://www.newenglandancestors.org/            New England Historical & Genealogical Society

http: //www.newenglandancestors.org/


http://www.archives.ca/                                    1901'Census + WW1 Canadian Forces

www.archives.ca/                                            1906 Census for Western Provinces: AB, SK, MB only

http://www.acadian.org                                             Acadian website

http://www.uelac.org/                                                United Empire Loyalists


http://nsgna.ednet.ns.ca/gim/                                       Genealogical Institute of the Maritimes

http://www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/                                      NS Archives

http://archives.gnb.ca/APPS/GovRecs/vISSE/?L=EN   NB: on-line search for Births, Deaths, Marriages in NB

http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/                                 ON Archives

http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/archives/genealogy/gen text/index.html    MB Archives

http://web2.gov.mb.ca/cca/vital/Query.php                MB:  Births, Deaths, Marriages

http://www.saskarchives.com/web/index.html             SK Archives  SK: Deaths on-line

http://search.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca/                             Births, Deaths, Marriages in BC











www.genuki.org.uk                                          UK Genealogical Links

http://freebmd.rootsweb.com                           Free listings of Civil Registration in Eng & Wales, 1837-1983 http://www.globalgenealogy.com/globalgazette/index.htm






Starting Family History Research

In genealogy/family history, we are trying to find out more about our families. Many books and websites will give you a step by step method to follow. Start with yourself and record what you know about your family. Ask help from people close to you for details and documents which can help. Find out about people or resources which can help you from friends, relatives, genealogical societies, libraries, and websites. As you work from the known to the unknown, record your findings with notes on sources.

Websites - Beginning Family History

How To Begin - Library and Archives Canada - Canadian Genealogy Centre collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy

How Do I Begin? FamilySearch - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Research Helps - Guidance familysearch.org


Finding Your Family on the Internet by Michael Otterson

Genealogy for the first time by Laura Best

Genealogy Online for Dummies by Matthew L. Helm and April Leigh Helm

Handbook for Researching Family Roots with emphasis on German-Russian heritage by Diane J. Wandler and Prairie Chapter Members

The Canadian Genealogical Sourcebook by Ryan Taylor

The Everything Family Tree Book by William G. Hartley

Tracing Your Family History by Lise Hull

Finding Your Canadian Ancestors A Beginner's Guide by Sherry Irvine and Dave Obee

Genealogy Research: The Basics by Carolyn Schott

GRHS Heritage Review Vol. 38, No. 4, December 2008, pp. 31-37

Germans from Russia Research

American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (ahsgr.org)

Germans from Russia Heritage Society (grhs.org)

Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe (sggee.org)

The Federation of East European Family History Societies (feefhs.org)

East European Genealogical Society (eegsociety.org)

Galizien German Descendants (galiziengermandescendants.org)

The Bukovina Society of the Americas (bukovinasociety.org)

Landsmannschaft der Deutschen aus Russland (deutscheausrussland.de)

Bessarabiendeutscher Verein e.V. (bessarabien.de)

These are just a few of the helpful societies for beginning and experienced GFR researchers. Other helpful organizations can be found by doing a search using "Germans from Russia" or the name of a region or GFR village. AHSGR has a helpful handout, available at the Branch Library, called Frequently Asked Questions. GRHS has on its website under Research Resources Frequently Asked Questions and An Elementary Tutorial on German-Russian History. The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection (library.ndsu.edu/grhc) is a rich source of valuable resources and information.

Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe (sggee.org)

The Federation of East European Family History Societies (feefhs.org) East European Genealogical Society (eegsociety.org) Galizien German Descendants (galiziengermandescendants.org) The Bukovina Society of the Americas (bukovinasociety.org) Landsmannschaft der Deutschen aus Russland (deutscheausrussland.de) Bessarabiendeutscher Verein e.V. (bessarabien.de)

Searching Records

While some will gather information on both sides of their families at the same time, others will select one ancestor/family name and work their way back. This can depend on whether the Branches come from the same village/region/country. Check family history holdings of libraries, GR societies, and websites for evidence of research completed on the names you've selected.

Two essential elements of genealogical research are names of people and places. Many German-Russian names have a variety of spellings and have been changed to English equivalents. Check family documents and interview relatives to discover DIFFERENT SPELLINGS OF NAMES. Resources will have to be checked using all possible variations. Finding a GR ancestor's TOWN or VILLAGE of ORIGIN may be a challenge. An obituary or family history may just give Russia, Ukraine, Rumania, Volhynia, or Odessa as the birthplace. Finding the village of origin when you begin will definitely make your journey easier.

Resources for Finding Family Names and Villages of Origin

Bibles and Other Family Documents Family History Books and Family Websites Obituaries


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS - Check news columns submitted by small villages surrounding a city. For example, communities such as Pashley, which no longer exists, submitted news articles to the Medicine Hat News. Funeral announcements for an ancestor's immediate family or other relatives may lead to the needed village name.

These obituaries are often on a newspaper's website; some have archives with notices that may go back six years or more. To see the notice's full text, a fee may be charged.

COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS where ancestors lived for short periods - If your ancestors lived in the United States, check the newspaper of the village where they lived. Many genealogical societies have obituary indexes on their websites.

Alberta Genealogical Society - abgensoc.ca/databases.html

Germans from Russia Heritage Society - grhs.org

Obituaries - odessa3.org/collections

American Historical Society of Germans from Russia -ahsgr.org/obituaries.htm Saving Our Ancestral Records


Obituary Project - The Lower Volga Villages - webbitt.com

GERMAN NEWSPAPERS - Some indexes have been made for German obituaries. Copies of the obituaries can be ordered.

Mennonite Historical Society of British Columbia - msbc.com/genealogy.html Mennnonitsche Rundschau Der Bote

Germans from Russia Heritage Society -grhs.org

Dakota Freie Presse Dakota Rindschau

American Historical Society of Germans from Russia - ahsgr.org Odessa3.org/collections

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CHURCH NEWSLETTERS - Churches belonging to one regional group may have published a newsletter containing obituaries.

FUNERAL HOME WEBSITES - Some of these have included notices.

OBITUARY WEBSITES - These are websites with notices from Canadian and U.S. newspapers. Often one needs to pay a fee or take out a membership to obtain/view a desired copy. Examples are obituaries.com and newspaperarchive.com

Naturalization Applications

For immigrants that lived in the U.S., naturalization applications can contain a wealth of information about a family, its home village, and its arrival in North America. Later applications, after 1906 in North Dakota, are especially worth checking. Historical Society websites can list naturalization applicants.

The North Dakota Naturalization Records Index is at


For South Dakota, it's sdhistory.org/arc/naturalizationarchives/firstpaperslist.asp. After finding your ancestor in the index, copies can be ordered.

Passenger Ship Lists

Ship lists can give the last residence (village) of the passenger and/or a relative's village in the homeland. Check the document, "Germans from Russia Websites" for some helpful sites.

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