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.
Major research categories:
* Area/town/village specific
* 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.
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.