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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 searchable database of over 575 trees with over 2.6 million names

* A searchable Research Repository with over 950 research documents (PDF/HTML)

* Maps (over 429) and photos (over 2,550) 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

* Visit ancestral villages (virtual or in person)

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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Snegirewka, Cherson 1942 Inhabitants
Bitz/Heier/Lowenstein/Zerr (updated)
Schremser (updated)

Berdjansk, Taurida births 1868-1885 (updated)
Berdjansk, Taurida deaths 1868-1885
Berdjansk, Taurida marriages 1868-1885
Zürichtal Parish deaths 186x
Nikolajew Parish births 183x
Nikolajew Parish deaths 183x
Beresina births 188x


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