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Welcome to the Black Sea German Research Website!

Our ancestors' historic and often perilous migratory journey in the early 1800s took them from their homes in Germany, Alsace, Poland, and Hungary to the Black Sea region of South Russia (now Ukraine). Their subsequent journeys led them to the plains of the United States, Canada, South America, and elsewhere around the globe.

Inspired by our genealogy mentor, Dale Wahl, we're committed to the following:

Free Research


* A database of over 2 million names and growing daily

* Helpful research links and research guidelines

* Maps and photos of the region and environment of our ancestors


Connecting German-Russian researchers worldwide


* Submit your own GEDCOM to the database and connect with others

* Chat with fellow researchers, inquire about culture, history, etc. 

* Share your travel or family photos on our Facebook page

* Visiting ancestral villages

We think this is a good place to get started on your search. Grab the beverage of your choice, a comfy chair, and start searching for your family!

 Black Sea Research Group

We are a virtual group of volunteers wanting to freely share with fellow researchers. Therefore, there are no membership dues or fees for anything we provide on this site. 

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Glueckstal/Hoffnungstal, Odessa Families (updated)



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