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Research Repository


When we started the website, our focus was on family trees that were searchable in a database. Recently, we started receiving other forms of documents (pdf, doc, excel, etc) from researchers who want to freely share their findings but they are not suitable in GEDCOM format. So we are adding a new Research Repository to our website to accommodate these additional research materials that hopefully will answer some of your research questions. And what's even better, our google search engine will search these documents making it easier for you to find what you are looking for.

General research:
Documents Concerning the Black Sea Germans in the Odessa Archives
Photo Albums
Research Aids
Research Organizations

Major research categories:
* Area/town/village specific
* Church/parish
* Customs/folklore
* Letters/stories/recollections
* Resettlement (includes travel to and from Russia)
* Surname specific  

If you have a website or document that focuses on Black Sea German villages, families, or research and you would like to share it with other researchers, please email the URL of your website or a copy of the information to  

Our site focuses on Black Sea German research. If you're one of our German-Russian cousins from the Volga, unfortunately, we don't have much to help you. But contact AHSGR or the Center for Volga studies and they might be able to help you out. 


Major Contributors


R. Reuben Drefs was born and raised in southeastern South Dakota to German-Russian parents. He attended seminary, ministering as a chaplain and supervisor for clinical pastor education in a variety of healthcare institutions. Read more...


Allen Konrad
Allen Konrad was born and raised in the heart of North Dakota’s “German-Russian triangle” in Pomona View Township, LaMoure County, near Kulm.  He is Black Sea German through and through with both his father’s and mother’s families coming from Bessarabian villages, specifically Paris, Klöstitz, and Alt-Posttal.  His wife’s (Mary Lu Patton) Black Sea German ancestors come from the villages of Rohrbach and Worms in the Beresan district.  Read more...


Ralph WisemanRalph Wiseman
(1944-2013) was a dedicated genealogy researcher, who started digging into his family roots in the 1970s to fulfill a request from his mother to continue the work she'd started on her Pfaff family roots. He was especially instrumental in translating the St. Petersburg church records for Odessa and Freudental, which are now included in the Odessa Region Families tree in the Black Sea German database. Read more...