10 March 2017

Finding Yarmi

Location of Bischofsfeld, Kutshurgan, Odessa (AKA Yarmi)
Cynthia Goetz Stone began her long search for her maternal German-Russian great-grandma Amelia's birthplace in 1999. 

Amelia Heier Hartman's death card very clearly stated she was born in Yarmi, Russia.  

The problem was no one had ever heard of Yarmi.  

The village was not mentioned in any of the research materials available at the time. For years she searched until she came across a reference to a village that sounded like it, Yereme, and learned the full Russian name of Yereme, the village her great-grandmother knew as Yarmi, was Jeremejewka.  

Later she learned the German name of the village was Bischofsfeld.

Bischofsfeld was was a Catholic daughter colony in the Kutschurgan district founded in 1887. Today Yarmi is called Yeremiivka (Єреміївка), located in the Odes'ka Oblast in Ukraine.

You can read Cynthia's touching story about her search for her great-grandma's beloved Yarmi in the latest edition (March 2017) of the Germans from Russia Heritage Society's journal Heritage Review.

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