German Origins

Were your ancestors French Huguenots?

By Maggie Hein | September 19, 2021 | German Origins

We call ourselves "Volga Germans".  While most of the settlers in Volga (and later Black Sea) villages were German, there were also settlers from other European countries.  Many settlers in Russia were French, or came from French-speaking areas of Europe.  Some of these French settlers were Calvinist or Reformed Protestants (Huguenots) who fled religious persecution in France. 

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The Stumpp Book

By Maggie Hein | June 27, 2021 | German Origins

The Emigration from Germany to Russia in the Years 1763-1862 by Karl Stumpp was first published (in German) in 1972.  Several editions have been published since then, including English language translations of portions of the book.  

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Where is Hanau?

By Maggie Hein | February 13, 2021 | German Origins

Where is Hanau?  That might seem like a silly question.  Anyone with a computer can search for "Hanau" and learn that it is a city in Germany, just east of Frankfurt.  "Hanau" might also refer to a region in Hessen that was formerly known as the County of Hanau.

But this is Volga German genealogy research, and it isn't always that simple.

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What do these four places have in common?

By Maggie Hein | January 15, 2021 | German Origins

What do these four places have in common?

  • Gebershein, Hanau 
  • Heckeberg, Hanau 
  • Höhenbergheim, Hanau 
  • Deckerbergheim, Hanau 

You will not find villages with these names on a map of Germany.  In spite of that fact, all four of these places appear in the published translations of the First Settler’s Lists.  “Gebershein" and “Heckeberg” are reported as origin locations on the Kolb First Settler’s List, and “Höhenbergheim” and “Deckerbergheim” are reported as origin locations on the Walter First Settler’s List. 

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