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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 database of over 530 trees with over 2.4 million names

* Research Repository with  598 research documents and growing daily

* Maps (over 350) 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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1860 Rohrbach parish births for Johannestal/Waterloo
1869 Neu Fruedental Parish births
1870 Neu Freudental Parish births
1871 Neu Freudental Parish births
Alt Elft births 1842-1880
Dennewitz births 1835-1841
Kischinew Parish deaths 1920-1940


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