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.Germans From Russia Living in the Dakotas 

German citizens who immigrated to Russia and then immigrated to the United States
By Coleen (Walker) Mielke

coleen_mielke@hotmail.com   

My 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.

My 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.


My 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) 

My  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.

Jacob 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.

(If 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

BRANDNER

BENTZ

 OPP

 

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.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ODESSA WEB SITE


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


Mielke Family / Germany to Minnesota 

 Fraasch Family / Germany to Wisconsin 

Klint Family / Sweden to Minnesota

Gustafson Family / Sweden to Minnesota

2nd Lt. Luther Sidney Gustafson 

Baker Family History


Tscherwenka, Hungary Info

 

*Alaska Genealogy (looking for your roots?) *
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PHOTO LINKS
 BRANDNER FAMILY PHOTO's 

   WALCKER-WALKER-OPP-RENSCHLER-HOFFMAN-BENTZ-WOLFF 

   OPP - KLEIN PHOTO'S 

   FURNISS - FURNESS - TIN(S)WORTH - NUNN - OFFLEY - TARRANT

  BAKER FAMILY PHOTO's 

  KLINT FAMILY PHOTO's 

  GUSTAFSON FAMILY PHOTO's 

Hardin, Montana 1932 Class Photo


 
Click Here for More German Russian
Research Information:


  German-Russian Village Name Information
   The History of the German-Russian Village of GLUECKSTAL

ROCKENHAUSEN
 
 


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?

There 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.

These pages are dedicated to my parents and  grandparents pioneering spirit,
their strength and sense of adventure.

Thank You For Visiting
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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.

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John & Coleen
Alaska


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    You can e-mail me at: coleen_mielke@hotmail.com












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