Guide to the Collection of Genealogical Research on Germans from Russia in Northern Colorado

Prepared by Karen Spilman
Colorado State University Archives and Special Collections
Copyright 2015 Colorado State University. All rights reserved.
Finding aid encoded in EAD Version 2002 by Karen Spilman, 2015.
Creator: Hayes, Elizabeth
Title: Collection of Genealogical Research on Germans from Russia in Northern Colorado
Dates: 1900-2013
Bulk Dates: 1970-1999
Quantity: 20+ linear feet
Identification: MEHC
Abstract: The Collection of Genealogical Research on Germans from Russia in Northern Colorado focuses on families who immigrated from Russia to northeastern Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, and the Portland, Oregon, area and consists of census records, family histories, passenger lists, obituaries, birth, death, and marriage records, and regional histories on areas of Russia settled by Germans.
Contact Information: Archives and Special Collections
Morgan Library
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1019 USA
Phone: 970-491-1844
Fax: 970-491-1195
Email: library_dl_specialcollections@mail.colostate.edu
URL: https://lib.colostate.edu/archives
Restrictions on Access
Some files in Series 7 contain Social Security numbers and are restricted until reviewed by staff. There are no other access restrictions on this collection.
Restrictions on Use
Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Colorado State University Libraries online catalog. Researchers seeking materials about related subjects, persons, organizations, or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Subjects:
  • Genealogy.
  • Russian Germans.
Places:
  • Frank (Russia).
  • Norka (Saratovskai︠a︡ oblastʹ, Russia).
  • Saratov (Russia).
  • Volga River Region (Russia).
Elizabeth Hayes is a descendant of the Kahler's, Germans who settled in Norka, Russia, and later immigrated to Colorado. She is a member of the American Society of Germans from Russia, Denver metro chapter, and the First Congregational Church of Loveland.
The Collection of Genealogical Research on Germans from Russia in Northern Colorado consists of documents dated 1900 to 2013, with the bulk falling from 1970 to 1999. The collection consists of obituaries and other genealogical information on Germans from Russia who settled in Larimer, Weld, Morgan, and Logan counties in northeastern Colorado, various counties in Nebraska and Kansas, and the Portland, Oregon area.
The bulk of the materials consists of copied or clipped obituaries pasted to index cards and filed alphabetically by last name. These cards are an extensive record of Russian German immigrants in Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oregon. There are also photocopies of Colorado church records from churches historically founded by Russian Germans, as well as photocopies and printouts of census records, family histories, passenger lists, obituaries, birth, death, and marriage records, and regional histories on areas of Russia settled by Germans.
Preferred Citation

Collection of Genealogical Research on Germans from Russia in Northern Colorado, Archives and Special Collections, Colorado State University.

Acquisition

The Collection of Genealogical Research on Germans from Russia in Northern Colorado was donated by Elizabeth Hayes in November 2014.

Processing

Processing was completed in January 2015. Materials were rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes, and duplicate copies and publications were weeded.

Separated Collections

Most published materials by the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR) were removed from the collection and added to Special Collections.

Related Collections

The Sidney Heitman Germans from Russia Collection, University Archives, Colorado State University.

The Manuscripts Collection at Colorado State University has additional collections related to Germans from Russia.

Series 1: Obituaries and genealogical information, 1920s-2010s (12.5 linear feet)

This series includes clippings from various newspapers/news sources pasted to cards, filed alphabetically by last name. Primarily obituaries but may also include anniversary, wedding, birthday, and family reunion announcements, birth records, names of parents and children, and location of birth, death, and/or burial. Clippings cover Nebraska, northeastern Colorado, and Portland, Oregon, areas. Some cards have gotten out of order and variant spellings of a name may be filed together. A few unfiled, more recent clippings are in the last folder.
Box Folder
1 1 Aab-Adler. 1920s-2000s.
1 2 Adolph-Alles. 1920s-2000s.
1 3 Alles-Ament. 1920s-2000s.
1 4 Anderson-Aschenbrenner. 1920s-2000s.
1 5 Ashbaugh-Ballenger. 1920s-2000s.
1 6 Balthazor-Bath. 1920s-2000s.
1 7 Bath-Bauer. 1920s-2000s.
1 8 Bauer-Beckel. 1920s-2000s.
1 9 Becker-Belz. 1920s-2000s.
1 10 Bender-Berens. 1920s-2000s.
1 11 Bernhardt-Betz. 1920s-2000s.
1 12 Betzing-Bloom. 1920s-2000s.
1 13 Bloom-Blum. 1920s-2000s.
1 14 Blum. 1920s-2000s.
1 15 Blumkin-Bolling. 1920s-2000s.
1 16 Bolinger-Braun. 1920s-2000s.
1 17 Brehm-Burbach. 1920s-2000s.
1 18 Burbach-Burback. 1920s-2000s.
1 19 Burback-Bussard. 1920s-2000s.
2 1 Bussinger-Brownfield. 1920s-2000s.
2 2 Browning-Buntley. 1920s-2000s.
2 3 Cable-Clary. 1920s-2000s.
2 4 Claus-Colton. 1920s-2000s.
2 5 Colvin-Croissant. 1920s-2000s.
2 6 Croissant-Daubert. 1920s-2000s.
2 7 Davey-Deines. 1920s-2000s.
2 8 Deines-Dennis. 1920s-2000s.
2 9 Denton-Dill. 1920s-2000s.
2 10 Dilling-Dreher. 1920s-2000s.
2 11 Dreiling-Dykes. 1920s-2000s.
2 12 Eads-Ehrlick. 1920s-2000s.
2 13 Eich-Entzi. 1920s-2000s.
2 14 Erbes-Fagan. 1920s-2000s.
2 15 Fagler-Fahrenbruch. 1920s-2000s.
2 16 Fairfull-Feuerstein. 1920s-2000s.
2 17 Feit-Fink. 1920s-2000s.
2 18 Finkbeiner-Focken. 1920s-2000s.
2 19 Fogel-Fox. 1920s-2000s.
3 1 Fraedrich-Frank. 1920s-2000s.
3 2 Frantz-Fritchel. 1920s-2000s.
3 3 Fritzler-Fuchs. 1920s-2000s.
3 4 Fuchs-Gebhardt. 1920s-2000s.
3 5 Gehrke-Geist. 1920s-2000s.
3 6 Gemar-Gies. 1920s-2000s.
3 7 Giesick-Glenn. 1920s-2000s.
3 8 Goedert-Grassmick. 1920s-2000s.
3 9 Grauberger-Green. 1920s-2000s.
3 10 Greenamyre-Grott. 1920s-2000s.
3 11 Groves-Hahn. 1920s-2000s.
3 12 Hahn-Happel. 1920s-2000s.
3 13 Harbison-Hart. 1920s-2000s.
3 14 Hartfeil-Hazelet. 1920s-2000s.
3 15 Heardt-Hein. 1920s-2000s.
3 16 Heinemann- Helzer. 1920s-2000s.
3 17 Helzer-Henderson. 1920s-2000s.
3 18 Henrick-Hergenrader. 1920s-2000s.
3 19 Hergenrader-Hertha. 1920s-2000s.
4 1 Herzog-Hickmon. 1920s-2000s.
4 2 Hickox-Hines. 1920s-2000s.
4 3 Hinkhouse-Hoff. 1920s-2000s.
4 4 Hoffer-Hoffmann. 1920s-2000s.
4 5 Hoffner-Hoppal. 1920s-2000s.
4 6 Hoppe-Huck. 1920s-2000s.
4 7 Huck-Iverson. 1920s-2000s.
4 8 Jabaily-Jacoby. 1920s-2000s.
4 9 Jacobson-Johnson. 1920s-2000s.
4 10 Jolly-Kahler. 1920s-2000s.
4 11 Kaiser. 1920s-2000s.
4 12 Kalahar-Kaufmann. 1920s-2000s.
4 13 Kautz-Kemp. 1920s-2000s.
4 14 Kenagy-Kihlthau. 1920s-2000s.
4 15 Kilburn-Kindsvater. 1920s-2000s.
4 16 Kirk-Klein. 1920s-2000s.
4 17 Kler-Koehler. 1920s-2000s.
4 18 Koehler-Koester. 1920s-2000s.
5 1 Kohls-Krieger. 1920s-2000s.
5 2 Krieger. 1920s-2000s.
5 3 Krieger-Kukes. 1920s-2000s.
5 4 Kukuk-Lange. 1920s-2000s.
5 5 Langenbahn-Lebsack. 1920s-2000s.
5 6 Lebsack-Lehl. 1920s-2000s.
5 7 Lehman-Leopoldus. 1920s-2000s.
5 8 Lesser-Lind. 1920s-2000s.
5 9 Lindner-Long. 1920s-2000s.
5 10 Longley-Loyd. 1920s-2000s.
5 11 Lubke-Mai. 1920s-2000s.
5 12 Maier-Maser. 1920s-2000s.
5 13 Masker-McCune. 1920s-2000s.
5 14 McDaniel-Meis. 1920s-2000s.
5 15 Meisenbach-Meyers. 1920s-2000s.
5 16 Michel-Miller. 1920s-2000s.
5 17 Miller-Mills. 1920s-2000s.
5 18 Millstead-Moorhead. 1920s-2000s.
5 19 Morris-Myers. 1920s-2000s.
6 1 Naab-Neiderhaus. 1920s-2000s.
6 2 Neighbors-Northup. 1920s-2000s.
6 3 Nortier-Orback. 1920s-2000s.
6 4 Orback-Owen. 1920s-2000s.
6 5 Pabst-Pfannenstiel. 1920s-2000s.
6 6 Pfanstiel-Popenhagen. 1920s-2000s.
6 7 Popp-Raymer. 1920s-2000s.
6 8 Rea-Reiker. 1920s-2000s.
6 9 Reimer-Rigel. 1920s-2000s.
6 10 Rigoni-Roth. 1920s-2000s.
6 11 Roth-Rusch. 1920s-2000s.
6 12 Rusch-R unorganized. 1920s-2000s.
6 13 R unorganized-Sarchet. 1920s-2000s.
6 14 Sarap-Schafer. 1920s-2000s.
6 15 Schaffer-Schildt. 1920s-2000s.
6 16 Schiller-Schilling. 1920s-2000s.
6 17 Schilling-Schleiger. 1920s-2000s.
7 1 Schleining. 1920s-2000s.
7 2 Schleining-Schmidt. 1920s-2000s.
7 3 Schmidt. 1920s-2000s.
7 4 Schmidt-Schneberger. 1920s-2000s.
7 5 Schneider. 1920s-2000s.
7 6 Schneider-Schnell. 1920s-2000s.
7 7 Schnell-Schoeneman. 1920s-2000s.
7 8 Schoening-Schreiner. 1920s-2000s.
7 9 Schreiner-Schuldies. 1920s-2000s.
7 10 Schuldies-Schwartz. 1920s-2000s.
7 11 Schwartz-Schwindt. 1920s-2000s.
7 12 Schwindt. 1920s-2000s.
7 13 Schwindt-Seibel. 1920s-2000s.
7 14 Seifert-Sherrard. 1920s-2000s.
7 15 Sheuerman-Sittner. 1920s-2000s.
7 16 Sitzman-Smith. 1920s-2000s.
7 17 Smith-Spickert. 1920s-2000s.
7 18 Spitsnaugle-Stauffer. 1920s-2000s.
7 19 Steckel-Sterkel. 1920s-2000s.
8 1 Sterkel. 1920s-2000s.
8 2 Sterkel-Stills. 1920s-2000s.
8 3 Stitt-Strecker. 1920s-2000s.
8 4 Strecker-Stugart. 1920s-2000s.
8 5 Stump-Teter. 1920s-2000s.
8 6 Teufel-Traudt. 1920s-2000s.
8 7 Traut-Troudt. 1920s-2000s.
8 8 Trout-Uhrich. 1920s-2000s.
8 9 Uhrich-Vesper. 1920s-2000s.
8 10 Vetter-Waggoner. 1920s-2000s.
8 11 Wagner. 1920s-2000s.
8 12 Wagner-Walker. 1920s-2000s.
8 13 Walker-Walter. 1920s-2000s.
8 14 Walter-Walters. 1920s-2000s.
8 15 Walso-Weber. 1920s-2000s.
8 16 Weber-Weideman. 1920s-2000s.
8 17 Weidman-Weimer. 1920s-2000s.
8 18 Weimer-Weitzel. 1920s-2000s.
8 19 Weitzel-Wells. 1920s-2000s.
9 1 Welsch-Wiggett. 1920s-2000s.
9 2 Wigginton-Winder. 1920s-2000s.
9 3 Windler-Woelfle. 1920s-2000s.
9 4 Woelfle-Wyss. 1920s-2000s.
9 5 Yaeger-Yurk. 1920s-2000s.
9 6 Zabel-Zwetzig. 1920s-2000s.
9 7 Unfiled. 1990s-2010s.


Series 2: Kirchenbote and The Christian Messenger obituaries, 1937, 1943, 1947-1964, 1994 (0.5 linear feet)

This series includes photocopies of the obituaries published in Kirchenbote, a German language church messenger, and The Christian Messenger which was published by the Pioneer Press, Yankton, South Dakota. Copies of Kirchenbote date from 1947 to 1953 and 1959 to 1964, with a few copies from 1937 and 1943. All entries are in German. There is also an additional list of obituaries extracted from Kirchenbote from 1951 to 1963 and printed in English by the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia. The Christian Messenger copies date from 1957 to 1961. An index for both publications, in English, is also included.
Box Folder
9 8 Index to obituaries published in Kirchenbote and The Christian Messenger. 1994.
9 9 The Christian Messenger obituaries. 1957-1961.
9 10 Kirchenbote obituaries, extracted by AHSGR. 1951-1963.
9 11 Kirchenbote obituaries, in German. 1937, 1943, 1947-1950.
9 12 Kirchenbote obituaries, in German. 1950-1952.
9 13 Kirchenbote obituaries, in German. 1952-1953.
9 14 Kirchenbote obituaries, in German. 1959-1961.
9 15 Kirchenbote obituaries, in German. 1961-1963.
9 16 Kirchenbote obituaries, in German. 1963-1964.


Series 3: Passenger lists, 1988 and 1999 (0.75 linear feet)

This series contains photocopied and printed passenger lists of Germans from Russia arriving at the ports of Portland, Maine; Baltimore, Maryland; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Galveston, Texas. Arrival dates range from late 1870s through 1913.
Box Folder
9 17 Portland, Maine. 1988.
Entry dates circa 1877-1912.
9 18-20 Baltimore, Maryland. 1999.
Entry dates 1907, 1909-1911.
9 21 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1999.
Entry dates 1909, 1912.
9 22 Galveston, Texas. 1999.
Entry dates 1908-1913.
10 1-3 Galveston, Texas. 1999.
Entry dates 1908-1913


Series 4: Census records, 2005, 2010 and undated (1.0 linear feet)

This series includes census data on Germans from Russia residing in counties in Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, and Oregon, from the 1920 U.S. Census. Materials incldue both printouts as well as handwritten information taken from microfilm. Also included are photocopies of the publications "1834 Census of Dönhof in the District of Saratov, Russia", "1857 Census of Dönhof in the District of Saratov, Russia", "1834 Census of Dietel in the District of Saratov, Russia", "1857 Census of Dietel in the District of Saratov, Russia", and "1874 Census of Dietel in the District of Saratov, Russia", all translated by Brent Mai; and copies of the 1775 and 1798 censuses of the Popovka and Sosnovka regions.
Box Folder
10 4-5 1920 US Census, Logan County, Colorado. undated.
10 6 1920 US Census, Dickinson, Doniphan, Edwards, Gove counties, Kansas. undated.
10 7 1920 US Census, Beaverhead, Big Horn, Blaine, Broadwater, Carbon counties, Montana. undated.
10 8 1920 US Census, Valley, Wheatland, Yellowstone counties, Montana. undated.
10 9 1920 US Census, Yellowstone and miscellaneous counties, Montana. undated.
10 10 1920 US Census, Adams County, Nebraska. undated.
10 11 1920 US Census, Boone and Boyd counties, Nebraska. undated.
10 12 1920 US Census, Dixon, Fillmore, Hayes, Holt, Madison, and miscellaneous counties, Nebraska. undated.
10 13 1920 US Census, Baker, Clackamas, Umatilla, Washington, and miscellaneous counties, Oregon. undated.
10 14 "1834 Census of Dietel in the District of Saratov, Russia". 2005.
10 15 "1857 Census of Dietel in the District of Saratov, Russia". 2005.
10 16 "1874 Census of Dietel in the District of Saratov, Russia". 2010.
10 17 "1834 Census of Dönhof in the District of Saratov, Russia". 2005.
10 18 "1857 Census of Dönhof in the District of Saratov, Russia". 2005.
12 1 1775 and 1798 Census of Popovka/Kutter. undated.
12 2 1776 and 1798 Census of Sosnovka/Schilling. undated.


Series 5: Regional and family histories, 1931-1944, 1977-2013 and undated (1.75+ linear feet)

This series includes histories and information on particular families and Russian areas settled by Germans. Areas include the Dönhof, Kutter, and Walter colonies, and the Dietel, Frank, Franzfeld, Kautz, Jagodnaja Poljana, Norka, Volga, and Zhirnovsk areas. The series also includes information on Glen Haven, Colorado; Russell County, Kansas; Laurel, Montana; and Whitman County, Washington, areas where a number of Russian Germans settled after immigrating to the United States. Specific families include the Deines' and the Koehler's of Kansas. It also contains an extensive name index created by the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia and information collected around a variety of families. Materials include copies of articles and publications, newsletters, print outs of name and birth records, naturalization records, copies of genealogical research, obituaries, and an aerial map of the Volga region.
Box Folder
10 19 Dönhof, Kutter, Walter Colonies, surname index. 1996.
10 20 "Memories of Dietel" newsletter. 1993-1994.
Includes various genealogies of families from Dietel area.
10 21 "Description of the Saratov Colony of Medveditskoi Krestovoy Buyerak, also known as Frank". 1995.
10 22-24 "Families of Frank, Russia". 1987.
10 25 "Frank". undated.
10 26-29 Frank Data Bank, index to names. 1994.
11 1 Frank Data Bank, index to names. 1994.
11 2 History of the Village Frank. 1986.
11 3 Kolb Frank newsletter. 1997-1998.
11 4-5 The Village Frank Newsletter/The Village Brunnental Newsletter. 1992-1998.
11 6 "Changes in Land Ownership in Franzfelf/Odessa 1806-1822". 1980.
11 7-10 "Unere Leute von Kautz" (families from Kautz, Russia). 1979-1981, 1987, 1989, 1997-1998.
11 11 Jagodina Poljana newsletter. 1980.
11 12-13 Norka newsletter. 1996-2003.
11 14 Information on the Volga region. 1984, undated.
Drawer 1 1 Aerial map of the Volga region. undated.
11 15 "The History of the Zhimovsk Region, Chapter 5: Life and Fate of German Colonists". 1999.
11 16 "The Glen Haven Story". undated.
11 17 Russell County, Kansas. 1999.
11 18 Laurel, Montana. 1979, undated.
11 19 Whitman County, Washington. 1981.
11 20 "Deines Dynasty," pp. 144-418. undated.
11 21 Fahrenbruch, Baston, Foos-Fuss-Fox, Gettman, Kissler, Stroh, Trupp, list of family members. undated.
11 22 "The Koehler's 1766-1993, Fact, Fiction, and Family Fantasy". 1993.
11 23 Koehler/Schmidt family history and genealogy. 2013.
11 24-28 Name index. 1994.
12 3 "Germanic Genealogist," number 13-15. 1977-1978.
12 4 Petitions for Naturalization. 1931-1944.
12 5 Martha Schaffer obituary book. undated.
12 6 Miscellaneous histories on families and places. 1978, 1994, undated.


Series 6: Church records, 1900-2000 and undated (1.5 linear feet)

This series contains photocopied records of births, baptisms, confirmations, deaths, and members of German churches in Colorado and Nebraska. Many of the early photocopied records are in German. It also includes published church histories, anniversary booklets, and directory lists. Materials are organized alphabetically by church.
Box Folder
12 7-11 Christ Lutheran Church, Eaton, Colorado, birth, confirmation, death, marriage, and membership records. 1914-1965.
12 12 Congregational Church, New Windsor, Colorado, birth, marriage, and death records. 1908-1969.
12 13-14 Evangelical Lutheran Church, Windsor, Colorado, birth, marriage, and death records. 1914-1969.
12 15 Faith United Church of Christ, Windsor, Colorado, birth, marriage and death records. 1969-1992.
12 16 Faith United Church of Christ, Windsor, Colorado, anniversary booklets. 1950, 1964, 1979, 1989.
12 17 Faith United Church of Christ/Immanuel Church, Lincoln, Nebraska, anniversary booklets. 1991-1992.
12 18 First Congregational Church, Loveland, Colorado, black book. 1910-1925.
12 19 First Congregational Church, Loveland, Colorado, white book. 1926-1991.
12 20-22 First Congregational Church, Loveland, Colorado, membership directories. 1978, 1985-2000.
12 23 First Congregational Church, Loveland, Colorado, anniversary booklets. 1965, 1976.
12 24 First Congregational Church, Loveland, Colorado, history. 1992, undated.
12 25 First German Congregational Church, Arvada, Colorado, directory, policies. 1980, undated.
12 26 Free Evangelical Lutheran Cross Church, Fresno, California, 80th anniversary. 1972.
12 27 German Congregational Church, Milliken, Colorado, birth, marriage, and death records. 1919-1973.
12 28-32 Immanuel Evangelical Church, Fort Morgan, Colorado, birth, confirmation, death, marriage, and membership records. 1900-1992, undated.
12 33 Immanuel Reformed Church, Lincoln, Nebraska, birth records. undated.
12 34 Larimer County church histories. 1979.
12 35 St. Paul's, Denver, Colorado, notes. undated.
13 1-2 St. Paul's Church, Loveland, Colorado, birth, marriage, and death records. 1913-1955.
13 3 Unidentified church records. 1913-1916.


Series 7: Cemetery and funeral records, 1906-1996 (2.0 linear feet)

This series includes copy of cemetery records for Logan County, Colorado, as well as funeral records from funeral homes and chapels in Fort Collins, Colorado. Materials are organized by name of the organization. Many of the funeral records contain Social Security numbers and must be reviewed before allowing access.
Box Folder
13 4-5 Logan County, Colorado, cemetery records. circa 1984.
13 6-11 Allnut Funeral Services, Fort Collins, Colorado. circa 1906-1993.
Restricted
13 12 Bollinger Mortuary, Fort Collins, Colorado. 1996.
13 13-21 Reager Funeral Home, Fort Collins, Colorado. circa 1909-1975.
Restricted
13 22 Warren-Bohlender Funeral Chapel, Fort Collins, Colorado. circa 1933-1971.
Restricted
14 1-4 Warren-Bohlender Funeral Chapel, Fort Collins, Colorado. circa 1933-1971.
Restricted