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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The First Settlers Lists

By Maggie Hein | March 16, 2021 | Russian Records

The 1767 Census, often called the "First Settlers List", is the primary source document for determining the origin locations of Volga German settlers.  

The information reported varies somewhat depending on the village you are looking at, but generally these lists include the following details about each family:
•    Names and ages of each family member
•    Religion
•    Profession of the head of the household
•    The town or region that they came from

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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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