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2021 Conference, Germans from Russia Track

Germans from Russia Track – Class Descriptions and Time Schedule (sorted by time slot)

All presentations in the Germans from Russia track are in Room 3.

All times are Mountain Daylight Time.


Germans from Russia: An Overview (Ellie Vance), Thursday August 12, 2:45 PM, Room 3

This course provides a broad overview of emigration from Germany into Russia, the formation of mother and daughter colonies, migration within Russia and immigration to the Americas. Understanding the broader story helps us better understand our ancestor’s individual story. Also an overview of using gazetteers and websites to locate your town and the jurisdictions that will help you find records.


Germans from Russia: Revision Lists (Ellie Vance), Thursday August 12, 4:00 PM, Room 3

Aside from church records, revision lists (ревизские скзки) are some of the most important records for Germans from Russia genealogical research. Like U.S. census records, revision lists records each member of the family, providing names, ages, and relationships. For this reason, they are essential for validating family relationships, ages and tracking a family through time. This course will teach you about the history of revision list records, as well as how to locate and read an original revision Russian revision list for your Black Sea or Volga Germans from Russia ancestor.


Germans from Russia: Locating Church Records (Ellie Vance), Friday August 13, 11:00 AM, Room 3

Focus on Lutheran, Catholic, and Mennonite in the Black Sea and Volga areas – where to access records, both indexed and original.


Coming from the East: Little Known Resources for Tracing Germans from Russia (Edie Adam), Friday August 13, 1:30 PM, Room 3

An introduction to four little-known resources that shed light on the experiences of the “Volksdeutsche” of World War II. The speaker will use examples from her own family to introduce you to EWZ records, village reports gathered in Ukraine, post-war records of displaced persons, and memoirs from survivors of the Soviet Gulag. You’ll also get a brief introduction to the history of ethnic Germans in Eastern Europe and Russia as well as the ethical issues embedded in several of these collections.


Germans from Russia Case Study (Dave Obee), Friday August 13, 2:45 PM, Room 3

Metrical books and transcripts, revision lists and supplements, 1897 census, Russian government map sets, SPISKI.