Visit Ancestral Villages (virtual or in person)


Visiting your ancestral village can be one of the most memorable moments of your genealogy research. To walk down the streets where your ancestor walked … to see the house where your family once lived … to visit the church or school that your family attended … it’s something most of us want to experience at least once.

Most of the German villages in the Black Sea region now have Ukrainian names. Many of the cemeteries are gone, and many churches were destroyed or turned into community centers during the Soviet period following WWII. But most of the houses, and memories of our families, remain.

Several tour agencies, run by fellow German-Russians, specialize in planning tours to the Black Sea German villages. The books we’ve referenced can help you plan your trip.



Visiting Your Ancestral Town

  Ukraine Lonely Planet Travel Guide

Ukraine: The Brandt Travel Guide  





Colonists of Deutschenfeld© is a board game that lets you experience life as a colonist in a Black Sea German village. The game is based on historical events and circumstances for the first 20 years of colonies in the Black Sea region. First released in 2009, the educational and fun board game has been sold out for several years. The game’s creator, Dwayne Janke, has been researching his Black Sea German family history for nearly 40 years. He is now making the game available again, in new packaging and at a greatly reduced price.  Find out more on Facebook [ ] or YouTube[]. For more information or to order, email Dwayne at






Fromm Custom Tours to Ukraine


Robert Schneider Tours to Ukraine


Journey to the Homeland Tours


Virtual visit to your ancestral village