.Germans From Russia Living in the Dakotas
citizens who immigrated to Russia and then immigrated to the
By Coleen (Walker) Mielke
paternal grandfather was JAKOB WALKER (originally spelled Walcker). The
Walcker's originated in Steinheim, Marbach, Württemberg, Germany. In
1817, they left Germany (due to war and famine) and moved to Neu-Freudenthal,
Russia, where they were promised
freedom, farming land and no mandatory military service. In 1885, when it looked as though they would
be forced into military service, the Walcker's left Russia and immigrated to McPherson County South Dakota.
paternal grandmother was ROSINA OPP. The Opp family originated in Rockenhausen,
Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. The Opp's left Germany in 1784 (due to war and
famine) and temporarily settled in Tscherwenka, Hungary until 1805. From
Hungary, they moved to Glueckstal, Russia.
In 1884, the Opp's immigrated to America, settling in McPherson County, South Dakota. All of my paternal grandparents (Walker and Opp) are buried in the Ashley Cemetery, McIntosh County, North Dakota.
Paternal grandparents: Jacob Walker and Rosina Opp in 1915
with their children:
(left to right) Welentina (b.1915), Leah (b.1913), Adolph (b. 1909),
Pauline (b. 1906) and in back is Samuel Walker (b. 1899)
grandfather, JacobWalker (b.1873 Neu Freudenthal) is the son of
Jakob Walcker and Magdalena Hoffman.
Rosina Opp, my grandmother (b.1880 Glueckstal) is the daughter of Daniel F. Opp and Magdalena Klein.
and Rosina Walker farmed in the Eureka and Long Lake area for many years
before they retired
to Ashley, North Dakota.
My grandparents were very proud people, perhaps that is why they never learned to speak English
(they spoke the Schwäbisch German dialect). Perhaps it was their way of holding on their German heritage; I wish I could have asked them
about so many things.
German Russian names that I am researching:
My (direct line) family names are Walcker, Klein, Opp, Eberle, Renschler, Wolf, Brandner, Bentz and Hoffman.
Other branches I've researched are: Bauer, ,Beck, Bertsch, Bieber, Dockter,
Fauth, Fischer, Flemmer, Fuchs, Gaub, Gohl, Hausauer, Hilgemann, Jacober,
Jahraus, Jundt, Kaul,Ladner, Lautt, Leicht, Mehlhoff, Meidinger, Mettler, Neuharth
Retzer, Scheuffele, Spitzer, and many others.
I invite you to browse through the surname links listed below to see if you find any familiar names.
you are searching for a surname listed ABOVE, but you don't
see it in the list BELOW, click on the WALCKER or OPP link and you'll
find them INSIDE of those files)
WALCKER - WALKER
If you are looking for birth,
marriage or death records for your German Russian ancestors, I urge you
to check out
the Odessa Web site. It has tons of information, including pre-immigration records from St. Petersburg. My only warning is
that the web site is VERY spelling specific, so try any/every spelling variation of your surname that you can think of.
FAMILY SURNAMES FROM ENGLAND
Furniss/Furness Family Research (more Furniss links below) England
Tinworth Family / Elmdon, Essex, England
Bailey Family History - Stetchworth England
Wiseman Family / Ringwood, Hampshire, England to Wisconsin
OTHER FAMILY SURNAMES
BRANDNER FAMILY PHOTO's
Click Here for More German Russian
German-Russian Village Name Information
The History of the German-Russian Village of GLUECKSTAL
A Note about myself:
My husband and I were born in Alaska. I've been researching my family (as well as my husbands family) tree for 30+ years.
It is a hobby that I find very rewarding and I love helping people solve genealogy puzzles.
Because all of my grandparents were born outside of the United States (my paternal grandparents were born in Russia and my mother& maternal grandparents were born in England), I did not have the pleasure of being raised near grandparents, aunts, uncles or cousins. Maybe that is the reason I feel so compelled to learn all I can about them; where did they came from? Why they came to America? How do I fit into that picture?
are over 10,000 surnames in my family genealogy, however,
I've only included
names through approximately 1975 on this web page for privacy reasons.
pages are dedicated to my parents and grandparents pioneering
their strength and sense of adventure.
You For Visiting
You are Visitor #
I have worked very hard to extract the information you see on these
web pages. You are welcome to link back to my pages, however,
please respect my efforts by giving credit where credit is due.
If you choose to link back to any of my pages, I would appreciate a courtesy e-mail.
John & Coleen
The Alaska Flag
You can e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Census Records | Vital Records | Family Trees & Communities | Immigration Records | Military Records Directories & Member Lists | Family & Local Histories | Newspapers & Periodicals | Court, Land & Probate | Finding Aids