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Re: Question re: Germans in Ukraine
Posted by: Jerry Frank (ID *****1996) Date: March 29, 2012 at 07:10:53
In Reply to: Question re: Germans in Ukraine by Susan Sammons of 12149

Until WW I, Odessa was a province of Russia so there is no conflict in your information. Most certainly there were numerous Germans (several hundreds of thousands by 1900 - some sources suggest up to 800,000) in what is today known as Ukraine. As Hania has pointed out, most of the Germans were Catholic and Lutheran but there were also numerous Mennonites. In the minority were some Baptists and Moravian Brethren. There were many Jews throughout the region but not necessarily German.

Hania suggested the link to AHSGR but that group focuses on the Germans in the Volga River region, further east into Russia. For your interests, I would suggest http://www.grhs.org .

Not sure what your family religion was. If Catholic, stick to the GRHS link. If Lutheran, go to http://www.odessa3.org/search.html . Use the first search box and set the search for St. Petersburg Archives. Look for Hirsch and you will find numerous hits. Note that these records stop at 1885 so they might not catch your specific individuals.


Jerry


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