Change History

This is the running data change history of the data posted on the maps.  This is for those who want details of all the additions and updates made to the data used to generate the maps.  Its purpose is to allow transparency into what goes into the maps and why. Best efforts are being made to keep it up to date. The most recent changes are at the top.

Date YYYYMMDDAuthorDescription
20220817SSPDeportation locations added: Zayarsk, Zelenogorsky, Zenkowo, Zhaksy (train station), Zhaksymai (train station), Zhaltyr, Zhana-Semei , Zhana-Turmys, Zhanaarka, Zhanazhol, Zharaspai, Zharovsky-Pogost, Zharyk, Zhdanovka, Zheleznodorozhny, Zhezkazgan, Zhuravlevka, Zhygalowo, Zimoviye, Zinka, Zlatoust, Zuyevka, Zvenigowo, Zyrianovsk (Altai), Yaborkowo, Yagodny, Yaisan, Yaiwa, Yakshur-Bodiya, Yakushykha, Yakutsk, Yambak, Yaroslavka, Yashkino, Yegorshino, Yelets, Yelizarowo, Yelniki, Yelovv-Padun, Yeltai, Yeniseisk, Yeranichv, Yerkendyk, Yerofeevka, Yesil, Yoshkar-Ola, Yug, Yugo-Osokino, Yukhta, Yurga, Yuzhno-Vagransky, Zabadskaya, Zamaraika, Zapalta, Zarechny, Zarenda, Zaria-Svobody, Zaruba, Zaton, Zaveltsovsky (district), Zayachia-Gorka, Yaluturovsk.

Settlement additions/updates: Alexander-Kolonie (Novgorod), Alexanderdorf (Kherson), Alexanderfeld (Mariupol enclave), Alexanderfeld (Prischib enclave), Alexanderhöh (Volga enclave), Alexanderkrone (Molotschna Colony), Alexanderpol (Ekaterinoslav), Alexandertal (Ekaterinoslav), Alexandertal (Fürstenland Colony), Alexandertal (Molotschna Colony), Alexanderwohl (Molotschna Colony), Alt Kronsweide (Chortitza Colony), Alt-Arzis (Bessarabia), Alt-Elft (Bessarabia) Alt-Montal (Prischib enclave), Alt-Nassau (Prischib enclave), Alt-Schwedendorf (Schwedengebiet enclave), Altonau (Molotschna Colony), Andreburg (Prischib enclave), Annowka (Ekaterinoslav), Arbeiterheim (Don), Askaniya-Nova (Taurida), Balitski Chutor (Glückstal enclave), Barbarastadt (Prischib enclave), Belaya-Krinnitsa (Mariupol enclave), Belowesch (Mariupol enclave), Berdjansk (Taurida), Bergtal (Bergtal Colony), Bergtal (Central Asia), Bergtal (Don), Berislaw (Kherson), Birten-Chutor (Mariupol enclave), Bischler-Chutor (Ekaterinoslav), Blumenfeld (Jewish Agricultural enclave), Blumenfeld (Mariupol enclave), Blumenort (Molotschna Colony), Blumental (Prischib enclave), Blumstein (Molotschna Colony), Bobrovy Kut (Jewish Agricultural enclave), Bogdanovka (Prischib enclave), Bogdanowka (Ekaterinoslav), Brandt-Chutor (Mariupol enclave), Brunnwald (Don), Chernoglazovka (Ekaterinoslav), Cherson (Kherson), Chortitza (Chortitza Colony), Christina (Beresan enclave), Chutor Chorsky (Glückstal enclave), Chutor Dautrich (Mariupol enclave), Darmstadt (Mariupol enclave), Darmstadt (Prischib enclave), Darowka (Taurida), Dawidorlowka (Grunau) (Don), Dornburg (Taurida), Dreilinden (Ekaterinoslav), Durbaily (Kherson), Durlach (Prischib enclave), Eichwald (Mariupol enclave), Eigenfeld (Mariupol enclave), Elisabethdorf (Mariupol enclave), Elisabethstal I (Ekaterinoslav), Elisabethtal (Molotschna Colony), Elisabethtal II (Ekaterinoslav), Eugenfeld (Prischib enclave), Fabrikerwiese (Molotschna Colony), Fedorowka (Don), Fedorowka-Chutor (Don), Felsenbach (Mariupol enclave), Felsental (Molotschna Colony), Fischau (Molotschna Colony), Frankfurt (St. Petersburg), Franztal (Molotschna Colony), Freidorf (Kherson), Freifeld (Don), Freifeld (Jewish Agricultural enclave), Freileben (Jewish Agricultural enclave), Freudental (Mariupol enclave), Freudental (Taurida), Friedenheim (Schwedengebiet enclave), Friedensburg (Molotschna area), Friedensdorf (Molotschna Colony), Friedensruh (Molotschna Colony), Friedrichsfeld (Mariupol enclave), Friedrichsfeld (Prischib enclave), Friedrichsfeld (Prischib enclave), Friedrichstal (Bergtal Colony), Friedrichstal (Mariupol enclave), Fürstenau (Molotschna Colony), Fürstenfeld I (Bessarabia), Fürstenfeld II (Bessarabia), Fürstenwerder (Molotschna Colony), Georgstal (Fürstenland Colony), Gerhardstal (Tcheroglas Colony), Glückstal (Bessarabia), Gnadenfeld (Molotschna Colony), Gnadenheim (Molotschna Colony), Gnadental (Molotschna Colony), Golubowka (Ekaterinoslav), Göttland (Mariupol enclave), Grosswerder (Mariupol enclave), Großweide (Molotschna Colony), Grunau (Mariupol enclave), Grünfeld (Don), Grünfeld (Kherson), Grünfeld (Mariupol enclave), Grüntal (Mariupol enclave), Grüntal (Prischib enclave), Gut-Chutor (Don), Halbstadt (Molotschna Colony), Hamberg (Molotschna Colony), Heidelberg (Prischib enclave), Helendorf (South Caucasus), Heuboden (Bergtal Colony), Hirschau (Molotschna Colony), Hochheim (Prischib enclave), Hochstädt (Prischib enclave), Hoffental (Ekaterinoslav), Hoffental (Kherson), Hoffental (Prischib enclave), Huttertal (Hutterite Colony), Illowajsk (Don), Iswar (St. Petersburg), Jamburg (St. Petersburg), Jarischew (Podolia), Jaufmann-Moser-Chutor (Taurida), Jekaterinowka (Don), Johannesruh (Hutterite Colony), Judendorf (Jewish Agricultural enclave), Jürgental (Prischib enclave), Juschanlee (Molotschna Colony), Kaiserdorf (Mariupol enclave), Kaisertal (Prischib enclave), Kalinindorf (Jewish Agricultural enclave), Kaltschinowka (Mariupol enclave), Kamenetz (Podolia), Kamenka (Podolia), Kampenau (Mariupol enclave), Kappental (Don), Karl Liebknecht (Molotschna Colony), Karlowka (Mariupol enclave), Karlsruhe (Prischib enclave), Keller (Volga enclave), Kipen (St. Petersburg), Kirschwald (Mariupol enclave), Klassen (Taurida), Kleefeld (Molotschna Colony), Klein-Liebental (Mariupol enclave), Klein-Liebental (Taurida), Klein-Orlovka (Mariupol enclave), Klein-Seidemenukha (Jewish Agricultural enclave), Klein-Werder (Don), Kleinwerder (Mariupol enclave), Klinken-Chutor (Mariupol enclave), Klippenfeld (Molotschna Colony), Kljutschewaja (Taurida), Klosterdorf (Schwedengebiet enclave), Klöstitz (Bessarabia), Knauers-Chutor (Mariupol enclave), Kolpino (St. Petersburg), Konteniusfeld (Molotschna Colony), Koschary (Liebental enclave), Kostheim (Prischib enclave), Krasnowka (Mariupol enclave), Kreschtschatik (Belowesch enclave), Krinitschin (Don), Kronau (Taurida), Kronsdorf (Mariupol enclave), Kronsfeld (Prischib enclave), Kronstädter-Kolonie (St. Petersburg), Krontal (Mariupol enclave), Kulikowa (Mariupol enclave), Ladekopp (Molotschna Colony), Landskrone (Molotschna Colony), Leitershausen (Prischib enclave), Leninfeld (Ekaterinoslav), Lenintal (Don), Lichtenau (Molotschna Colony), Lichtfelde (Molotschna Colony), Liebenau (Molotschna Colony), Liebental (Don), Liebental (Mariupol enclave), Liedtke-Chutor (Mariupol enclave), Lindenau (Molotschna Colony), Lindental (Ekaterinoslav), Lipowo (Ekaterinoslav), Ljubinowka (Ekaterinoslav), Ljubjanka (Ekaterinoslav), Lorenzberg (Ekaterinoslav), Ludwigstal (Mariupol enclave), Luisental-Chutor (Mariupol enclave), Luisino (St. Petersburg), Luzk (St. Petersburg), Lvova (Jewish Agricultural enclave), Margenau (Molotschna Colony), Marianowka (Don), Mariawohl (Molotschna Colony), Marienfeld (Ekaterinoslav), Marienfeld (Mariupol enclave), Marienfeld (Prischib enclave), Marienfeld (Taurida), Marienheim (Prischib enclave), Marienhof (Ekaterinoslav), Mariental (Molotschna Colony), Mariental Chutor (Ekaterinoslav), Mariupol (Ekaterinoslav), Marjanowka (Taurida), Medowka (Mariupol enclave), Mendeldorf (Jewish Agricultural enclave), Messaresch (Ekaterinoslav), Michaelsburg (Fürstenland Colony), Mirau (Mariupol enclave), Mook-Chutor (Mariupol enclave), Mühlhausendorf (Schwedengebiet enclave), Münsterberg (Molotschna Colony), Muntau (Molotschna Colony), Muraveinyk (Taurida), Nadeshda (Don), Neu Kronsweide (Chortitza Colony), Neu-Annowka (Mariupol enclave), Neu-Belowesh (Mariupol enclave), Neu-Blumenfeld (Mariupol enclave), Neu-Halbstadt (Molotschna Colony), Neu-Hoffnung (Don), Neu-Hoffnung (Taurida), Neu-Hoffnungstal (Taurida), Neu-Jamburg (Mariupol enclave), Neu-Kirschwald (Mariupol enclave), Neu-Klosterdorf (Schwedengebiet enclave), Neu-Kronsfeld (Prischib enclave), Neu-Mariental (Mariupol enclave), Neu-Montal (Prischib enclave), Neu-Nassau (Prischib enclave), Neu-Reinfeld (Mariupol enclave), Neu-Saratowka (St. Petersburg), Neu-Schabo (Taurida), Neu-Schwedendorf (Schwedengebiet enclave), Neu-Solnzewo (Mariupol enclave), Neu-Stuttgart (Prischib enclave), Neu-Stuttgart (Taurida), Neuborn (Molotschna area), Neudorf (Prischib enclave), Neudorf (Prischib enclave), Neuheim (Mariupol enclave), Neuheim (Molotschna area), Neuhof (Mariupol enclave), Neuhorst (Chortitza Colony), Neukirch (Molotschna Colony), Neukron (Taurida), Neumann (Mariupol enclave), Nikolai-Kolonie (Novgorod), Nikolaidorf (Molotschna Colony), Nikolaifeld (Prischib enclave), Nikolajewka (Don), Nikolajewka (Don), Nogaisk (Taurida), Novo Berislav (Jewish Agricultural enclave), Novorshev (Pskov), Nowyj-Sudaki (Taurida), Oktoberfeld (Prischib enclave), Olgafeld (Fürstenland Colony), Oranienbaumer-Kolonie (St. Petersburg), Orloff (Molotschna Colony), Ostheim (Mariupol enclave), Owcino (St. Petersburg), Pastwa (Molotschna Colony), Paulsheim (Molotschna Colony), Peter-Paul (Don), Peterhofer-Kolonie (St. Petersburg), Petershagen (Molotschna Colony), Pleskow (Pskov), Pobotschnoje (Siberia), Porchowo (St. Petersburg), Pordenau (Molotschna Colony), Prangenau (Molotschna Colony), Preobrashenka (Taurida), Prinzfeld (Mariupol enclave), Prischib (Prischib enclave), Ratendorf (Jewish Agricultural enclave), Regier-Chutor (Mariupol enclave), Reichenberg (Mariupol enclave), Reichenfeld (Prischib enclave), Reinfeld (Mariupol enclave), Resch-Chutor (Mariupol enclave), Roitdorf (Jewish Agricultural enclave), Rosalienfeld (Taurida), Rosenbach (Fürstenland Colony), Rosenberg (Mariupol enclave), Rosenfeld (Mariupol enclave), Rosenfeld (Taurida), Rosenfeld (am Nakhoy) (Volga enclave), Rosengart (Mariupol enclave), Rosenort (Molotschna Colony), Rosental (Chortitza Colony), Rosental (Prischib enclave), Roshdestwenskoje (North Caucasus), Rote Fahne (Taurida), Rückenau (Molotschna Colony), Rudnerweide (Molotschna Colony), Rundewiese (Mariupol enclave), Rykowa (Mariupol enclave), Saizewo (Don), Samoilowka (Taurida), Sandbrun (Taurida), Schardau (Molotschna Colony), Schlangendorf (Schwedengebiet enclave), Schmidt-Chutor (Ekaterinoslav), Schönau (Molotschna Colony), Schönbaum (Mariupol enclave), Schönbrunn (Mariupol enclave), Schönfeld (Bergtal Colony), Schönfeld (Don), Schönhorst (Chortitza Colony), Schönsee (Molotschna Colony), Schöntal (Bergtal Colony), Schönwiese (Taurida), Schönwiese-Chutor (Mariupol enclave), Seibel-Chutor (Mariupol enclave), Serebriakowo (Podolia), Seredinowka (Mariupol enclave), Sergeyevka (Fürstenland Colony), Sheromet (Hutterite Colony), Snamenski-Kolonie (St. Petersburg), Sparrau (Molotschna Colony), Srednaya-Ragata (St. Petersburg), Stalino (Don), Steinbach (Mariupol enclave), Steinbach (Molotschna Colony), Steinbruch (Don), Steinfeld (Molotschna Colony), Straßburg I (Bessarabia), Straßburg II (Bessarabia), Strelna-Kolonie (St. Petersburg), Strugi-Krasnye (St. Petersburg), Sudaki (Taurida), Talakowka (Mariupol enclave), Tiefenbrunn (Mariupol enclave), Tiefenbrunn (Prischib enclave), Tiege (Molotschna Colony), Tiegenhagen (Molotschna Colony), Tiegenhof (Mariupol enclave), Tiegenort (Mariupol enclave), Tiegerweide (Molotschna Colony), Tiergart (Mariupol enclave), Wagnerfeld (Mariupol enclave), Waissbriken (Jewish Agricultural enclave), Waldheim (Mariupol enclave), Waldheim (Molotschna Colony), Walldorf (Prischib enclave), Wasserau (Prischib enclave), Wasserreich (Mariupol enclave), Weinau (Prischib enclave), Weinberg (Mariupol enclave), Werbowka (Don), Wernersdorf (Molotschna Colony), Wesental (Don), Wickerau (Mariupol enclave), Zürichtal (Kherson).
20211006SSPUpdates/additions made after 21 September 2021: Alexanderfeld (Prischib enclave), Alt-Montal (Prischib enclave), Alt-Nassau (Prischib enclave), Andreburg (Prischib enclave), Barbarastadt (Prischib enclave), Blumental (Prischib enclave), Bogdanovka (Prischib enclave), Darmstadt (Prischib enclave), Durlach (Prischib enclave), Eugenfeld (Prischib enclave), Friedenstal (Crimea enclave), Friedrichsfeld (Prischib enclave), Friedrichsfeld (Prischib enclave), Groß-Werder (Belowesch enclave), Grüntal (Prischib enclave), Heidelberg (Prischib enclave), Hochheim (Prischib enclave), Hochstädt (Prischib enclave), Hoffental (Prischib enclave), Irkutsk (Siberia), Jürgental (Prischib enclave), Kaisertal (Prischib enclave), Karlsruhe (Prischib enclave), Kazan (Kazan), Kostheim (Prischib enclave), Krasnodar (North Caucasus), Kronsfeld (Prischib enclave), Krutaja Gora (Vyatka) , Leitershausen (Prischib enclave), Marienfeld (Prischib enclave), Marienheim (Prischib enclave), Neu Huttertal (Hutterite Colony), Neu-Kronsfeld (Prischib enclave), Neu-Montal (Prischib enclave), Neu-Nassau (Prischib enclave), Neu-Stuttgart (Prischib enclave), Neudorf (Prischib enclave), Neudorf (Prischib enclave), Nikolaifeld (Prischib enclave), Nishini-Nowgorod (Nizhegorod), Oktoberfeld (Prischib enclave), Orbeljanowka (Tempelhof Colony), Penza (Penza), Pleskow (Pskov), Poltava (Poltava), Prischib (Prischib enclave), Reichenfeld (Prischib enclave), Rosental (Prischib enclave), Sadki (Kyiv), Sadovoye (Voronezh), Samara (Samara), Simbirsk (Simbirsk), Tiefenbrunn (Prischib enclave), Tomsk (Siberia), Ufa (Ufa), Walldorf (Prischib enclave), Warowsk (Kyiv), Wasserau (Prischib enclave), Weinau (Prischib enclave), Wischenka (Hutterite Colony), Wjatka (Vyatka), Yekaterinoslav (Ekaterinoslav).
20210921SSPComplete reorg map to focus on provinces/governorates/guberinias in the final years of the Imperial Russian Empire. Too many additions, corrections, souce updates, and shifting of colonies into correct provinces to mention. Now that the colonies are more appropriately categorized for this project and its intended outcome, future change histories will better reflect the changes made.
20210314JK, DG, SSPLink updates for new Galizien German Descendants website.
20200702JK, DG, SSPAdded Antoinettental to Bessarabia.
Updated Other Names to Königsau in Galizien.
20200507JK, DG, SSPUpdate to Manasterz, Galizien - District/Parish and coordinates.
20200207SSPFixed URL for SGGEE Congress Poland Gazetteer for all Vistula colonies.
Fixed name Georgental, Vistula.
Added Zuzinów, Vistula.
20200207JK, DG, SSPGalizien – Add Google links to defunct villages and updated some coordinates for the following villages: Bronisławówka, Bruckenthal, Debolówka, Deutsch-Dabrowka, Diamantheim, Ehrenfeld, Felizienthal, Glinka, Heinrichsdorf, Henrykowka, Hundstal, Josefinendorf, Josefsthal, Konstantynówka, Kontrowers, Leopoldsdorf, Mallmannsthal, Mierów, Mogiła, Moosberg, Müllersdorf, Neu-Dornbach, Neu-Huziejow, Neudorf, Neutitschein, Niemcy, Obliska, Prinzenthal, Rehberg, Rudolfshof, Sobolówka, Steinfels, Suszno, Swadkowce, Tęgoborze, Teresówka, Troscianiec-Kolonia, Ugartsberg, Walddorf, Windmühle, Żakla, Zbaniów and Złatna.

Volga – Added alternate names and religions reported in the Germans from Russia in America Survey to the following colonies: Marienburg, Ober-Monjou, Neider-Monjou, Messer, Schäfer, Köhler.

Volga Region (Am Trakt, Astrakhan, Samara, Volga)– Updates to language used to describe each field and added "Earliest known year of German habitation" and "German Origins" to the list. Did some reformatting to make each entry more clear and easier to read. Each group will be updated in this manner over the next few months.
20190422SSPAdded Nikolastal to the Kutschurgan colonies based on ongoing research of the Strassburg Thomas family by Bob Thomas and Sandy Schilling Payne.
20190415SSPMap updates: GRSL full map, Volga, Samara, Astrakhan, Volga Region, Batschka, Austria-Hungary Region.
20190414SSPMoved Am Trakt Mennonite settlements out of the Volga German colonies. Will stay in the Volga Region map, but their immigration story was different than that of the Volga Germans.
20190410RRValidate second pass at Batschka colonies.
20190412SSPAdded Luczawa to Sucsawa in Bukovina. There are several references to it using that spelling in works by Karl Stumpp related to the Donauschwaben Germans' path to immigration to Russia. Posted.
20190407SSPSecond pass at Batschka colonies using an 1890 map. Added Bründl, Despot St. Ivan, Duna Pataj, Kalocsa, Peterfeld, Sandor, Topolya, which were not in prior sources. Added source to other colonies that appeared on the map.
20190401DGUpdate to Bukovina - fixed multiple Alt-Fratautz moving one to Neu-Fratautz and adjusting the coordinates accordingly. Posted
20190329RR, JK & SSPFinalized the first pass at Donauschwaben Batschka colonies. Posted.
20190313SSPAdded alternate name for Cogealac found on passenger list: Koselac.
20190310SSPIgnatowka, Liebental. Thanks to Sergej Ackermann for providing the data for this location. Posted.
20190225SSPWasserowka, Hoffnungstal. Thanks to Carolyn Schott and Justin Ehersman for providing the data for this location. Posted.
20190223SSPZofiowka, Volhynia. Thanks to Tim Pennington for providing the data for this location. Posted.
20190309RR & JKDonauschwaben colony data collection and validation continues.
20190304SSP & DGUS GR villages location continues.
20190221SSPFinalized first pass at Poltava colonies.
20190209RR & JKBegin Donauschwaben colony data collection and validation
20190204DGBegan locating US GR villages on the east working west
20190128SSPAdded 3 colonies to Astrakhan colony group from EWZ records and posted to production maps.
20190125SSPCollected locations in Poltava Province (1802-1925) from EWZ records. Began working through new list. Without a map to confirm, many are being left off since there are too many villages with the same name in some cases and no near spellings.
20190123SSPBegin Poltava colonies using Petrekno paper, references from numerous historical society journals.
20190118SSPMaps updated: Volhynia, Vistula, GRSL
20190116SSPVolhynia: added Stolpeckoje for Viktor Haupt. Coordinates from Frank Stewner's Volhynia Gazetteer on SGGEE.org. Added unknown for all that did not have a founding date.
20190115SSPVistula: Changed colonies in the area of Congress Poland at founding to reflect voivodeships (sometimes called palatinates) in place in 1820 and updated cities of authorities to the capitals of the voivodeships.
20190114SSPVistula: Fixed country at founding for the 36 colonies with known founding dates according to the boundries laid out in each of the Partitions of Poland and Congress Poland.
20190101SSPVistula: Added founding dates to 27 colonies in the Vistula from Breyer's "Deutsche Gaue in Mittlepolen"; added other names and spellings. Removed all assumed "country at time of founding" that said Russia. Assuming Russia was oversimplified and ultimately incorrect. Poland is considerably more complicated than that, and without founding dates to place the colony in the correct empire, no assumptions will be made on this map. Fixed country at founding for the 36 colonies with known founding dates according to the boundries laid out in each of the Partitions of Poland and Congress Poland.
20181220SSPAdd note to Scholtoi regarding orgins of settlers. Maps updated: Bessarabia, Black Sea, GRSL
20181219SSPFixed spelling of Saimka and added a note based on further information provided by Stan Schwafel. Maps updated: Central Asia, Asiatic Russia, GRSL.
20181215SSPChanged location of Mitnica to Nova Mytnytsya based on research by Judith Silverthorn who confirmed with locals on a recent trip to Ukraine as well as with historian Hans Christian Heinz. Also added a number of alternate names/spellings which seem to be colloquial.
20181213SSPAdded alternate names for Hundsdorf (Galizien). Updated Jadwinowka (Volhynia) based on research of Judith Silverthorn. Added Butar-Batyra (CA), Novoyarkovo (Siberia) and Kozhevnikovo (Siberia) based on research of Stan Schwafel. Added first draft of Congress Poland colonies. Validation still in progress. Maps update: Galizien, Austrian Colonies, Central Asia, Siberia, Asiatic Russia, Volhynia, GRSL full map.
20181210SSPUpdate alternate names for Schöntal (Kronau). Maps update: Kronau colony group, Black Sea German colony group, GRSL full map.
20181008SSPCorrected location of München (Beresan) and some of the verbage on Rastatt (Beresan). Fixed spelling of Pishchanyi Brid for current name of Speyer (Beresan). Updated all relevant maps.
20180904SSPAdded links to prototype photo albums for Serapta. Updated location based on travels of Vladimir Kakorin.
20180807SSPAdded links to prototype photo albums for Belowesh colonies, few Beresan and Kutschurgan colonies.. Corrected several current names in order to geotag the albums.
20180701SSPBegin prototype photo albums. Sources for prototype include physical book and maps in my possession, digital book 100+ years old, digital map from 1853. Idea is to scan, pull from digital media, crop, clean up for best web viewing, caption, geotag, brand, place in Google albums by colony, and link on the maps thought the master data files. Initla work is up front with establishment of all the albums, geotags, but once established, going forward any new colony images can just be dropped in and are immediately available. Initial sources to include Stumpp map mugs, colony mugs from the 1853 Tver province map, satellite images, Volkskalendars ("Neuer Haus- und Landwirtschaftskalender für deutsche Ansiedler im südlichen Russland, 1913" and "Neuer Haus- und Landwirtschaftskalender für deutsche Ansiedler im südlichen Russland, 1906"), Stumpp's "The German-Russians: Two Centuries of Pioneering," "Nemcy Pričernomor’ja," and a few images from Facebook where the source cannot be determined otherwise.
20180625SSPAdded images field to all data files for forthcoming albums.
20180623SSPCaptured German Documents sourced, Volhynia, Korosten district completed.
20180618SSPAdded alternate name Pascheka to Pasieka in Volhynia. Data courtesy of Terry Wainright.
20180615SSPAdded Boholubówka to Volhynia. Residents of Gottliebsdorf were forced to move here in 1938-40. Data courtesy of Sergei Sauh.
20180607SSPSorted out the Neudorfs of Volhynia: Neu Rakowtschizna (new coordinates, sources), Neudorf (new coordinates, sources), Romanov II (new coordinates, sources), Neudorf Kolonie (new), Neudorf Thomar Kolonie (new), Neudorf (new - info provided by John Heisel). Captured German Documents sourced, Volhynia, Korosten district: Lisky, Lidabuda (new), Mossijewka
20180606SSPCaptured German Documents sourced, Volhynia, Korosten district: Alexandrowka, Emilowka, Dombrowka, Ushomir (new), Helenowka, Korosten, Krassnaja Rechka Kolonie, Lesnik, Lesowschtschisna
20180605SSPCaptured German Documents sourced: Nikopol (CHO -new), Speyer (BER), Pervomaisk-Bug (BER), Billersfeld (CHO), Miloradowka (CHO), Felsenburg (BER), Wosenessenk (BER), Neu Jamburg (CHO), Friedenheim (BER), Hoffental (KER), Klosterdorf (SCH), Cholosna (VOLH)
20180604SSPAdded founding dates of 4 Kutschurgan Mother colonies from 1816 censuses. Captured German Documents sourced: Ebenfeld (CHO), Weisenfeld (YEK), Danielsfeld (YEK), Ebenfeld, Felsengut (CHO), Hochfeld (CHO), Steinfeld (CHO), Neu-Lebiental (CHO), Ettingerfeld (YEK), Killmanstal (YEK), Mayerhof (YEK), Lidowka (VOLH), Neu Romanowka (VOLH), Eichenfeld (CHO), Petersdorf (CHO), Paulsheim (CHO), Gerhardtstal (CHO), Reinfeld (CHO - new)
20180529SSPNew colonies added to Siberia: Tobolsk, Irkutsk, Omsk, Achair, Borisovsk, Kalachinsk, Kormilovsk, Krestinsk, Sosnovka, Tartersk, Yelansk, Zav'yalovo, Gonokhovo, Gilev Log
20180513SSPGerman Captured Documents: marked 99 villages per RH Walth's "Flotsam of World History" on working spreadsheet
20180512SSPGerman Captured Documents: adding source to villages on map master spreadsheets
20180510SSPGerman Captured Documents: adding Jewish religion to a number of villages its source. CR#004
20180509SSPGerman Captured Documents: adding Jewish religion to a number of villages its source. CR#004
20180508SSPGerman Captured Documents: adding Jewish religion to a number of villages its source. CR#004
20180507SSPUpdated source info for "German-Russian Handbook" to include author and date published
20180505SSPRemoved data copyright notice on all maps. DGB has release his version of the data. Although the data on the maps is somewhat different, no copyright claims are made for additions and corrections made by the Germans from Russia Settlement Locations or SSP.
20180503SSPGerman Captured Documents: adding Jewish religion to a number of villages its source. CR#004
20180422SSPBessarabia: added names from 1938 Volkskalendar; updated parishes; updated GR Handbook source
20180403SSPCleanup minor stuff: Nowo-Nikolajewia (BES); Glückstal (BES); Shift fields in Kronau colonies;
20180326SSPAdded Astrakhan colonies
20180316SSPPosted Galizien map updates.
20180315JK, DG, SSPFinal check of the Galizien data.
20180313JK & DGGalizien villages - 400+ updates to parish, religion and towns that were not originally German villages. Major update of parish data based on years of research plus map overlays of parish maps.
20180309SSPAdded Astrakhan villages located at the Volga delta.
20180306SSPAdded Beresan near Karlowka estates: Karlowka, Vaatz, Domanewka, Dworjanka, Schirnewo, Marianovka
20180303SSPDeportation locations: Krasnoyarsk Region
20180302SSPDeportation locations: Krasnoyarsk Region
20180301SSPFix the country at time of founding for colonies after 1917.
20180228SSPBegin work on deportation locations: Krasnoyarsk Region
20180227SSPPosted Amur colonies. This makes 4037 colonies mapped. Whoo-hoo!
20180227SSPFew slight adjustments made to Amur colonies based on additional map overlays. Added Yurgino from historical name, no map with it on it known. Note: the locations provided here do no match the few coordiates that are available elsewhere. Clean up of dates/country at founding in Siberia and Central Asia.
20180223SSPFar east Russian colonies in the Amur district added based on georeference and map overlays: Belo Berjesowka, Blumenort, Ebenfeld, Eichenfeld, Gnadenfeld, Grünfeld, Halbstadt, Kleefeld, Memrik, New York, Orekhovo, Orlovka, Osernoje, Pribeshnoje, Reinfeld, Rosentalm Schöensee, Schumanowka, Silberfeld.
20180216SSPPosted Central Asian colonies.
20180208SSPCentral Asian colonies added: Lausen, Ak-Metschet, Ebenezer, Village Number 7, Gnadenfeld, Gnadental, Nikolaipol, Koppental, Orlovka, Grüenfeld. Updated Volga colony note for Rosenfeld (am Nakhoy) to include it as a part of the Great Mennonite Trek to Central Asia.
20180126SSPAll maps updated.
20180125SSPLiebental: Clean up ancestral names/alternate names; clean up and noting assumptions of country at time of founding based on founding date, if there was one. Completed. Added Chutor Martin to the Beresan colonies based on research/maps by Julia Silber and Viktor Drobny.
20180124SSPKutschurgan: Clean up completed.
20180123SSPRequest to locate Jakumowka, Roshischtsche parish, Volhynia. Found in GR-Handbook, SGGEE gazetteer, Stumpp and Frank maps. Using Frank's coordinates from Gazetteer, 50.4714, 25.1153.
20180120SSPKutschurgan: Clean up continued.
JK & DGGalizien: Lipowiec - Lipowce - Lipovce validation.
20180115SSPKutschurgan: Clean up ancestral names/alternate names; clean up and noting assumptions of country at time of founding based on founding date, if there was one.
20180114SSPUkraine Decommunization name changes (Donetsk oblast): Mariental (MAR, source only), Marinort (DON, source only), Christianowka (DON), Bachmut (DON, sources only) Prinzfeld (MAR, source only), Waldheim (MAR, occupied territory) Katharinenfeld (DON, source only), Ostheim (MAR), Rosowka (DON), Krinitschin (DON, source only), Dawido-Orlovka (MAR, source only); (Zaporizhia Oblast) Eichwald (MAR)
20180109SSPUkraine Decommunization name changes: Chutor Beutelspacher (HOF), Neu-Berlin (GLU, source only), Chutor Schimjotow (KUT, souce only), Herrmannsdorf (LIE), Kalinindorf (CHO, source only), Neuweg (Jew), Eigenfeld (YEK, source only); Rosa Luksemburg (CHO)
20180108SSPUkraine Decommunization name changes (current Dnipropetrovsk Oblast): Dnjepropetrowsk (CHO - only added source; current name correct). Ukraine Decommunization name changes (current Kherson Oblast): Ebenfeld (PRI - was defunct; since Ukraine went through trouble of renaming it, it's no longer defunct. OpenStreetmap indicates a estimated population of 33), Hoffental (KHE, source only); Preobrashenka (TAU, source only); Gnadenfeld (ZAG, source only); Kalinindorf (JEW, source only). Odessa Oblast: Neu-Kaltscha (BER, source only), Slepucha (BER, source and oblast).
20180109JK & DGGalizien: added Catholic village Krechówka
20180106SSPPosted Crimea map updates.
20180105SSPPosted Galizien, Dobrudscha map updates.
20180104SSPGluckstal: Clean up and noting assumptions of country at time of founding based on founding date, if there was one. Hoffnungstal: Clean up ancestral names/alternate names.
20180103SSPBeresan: Clean up and noting assumptions of country at time of founding based on founding date, if there was one. Crimea: Clean up ancestral names/alternate names; clean up and noting assumptions of country at time of founding based on founding date, if there was one.
20180102SSPBessarabia: Clean up ancestral names/alternate names; clean up current names; clean up and noting assumptions of country at time of founding based on founding date, if there was one.
20171231SSPUkraine Decommunization name changes (current Odessa Oblast): Tichi Kut (HOF), Neu Elsass (KUT), Johannesfeld (LIE), Wolkowo (BER), Jürgental (PRI), Friesendorf (CHO), Mathildendorf (BES), Hoffnungsfeld (HOF), Werba (HOF), Neuhof-Chutor (GLU), Schöndorf (CHO); Seebach (GLU). Updated current country for Crimea to reflect ongoing occupation by Russia.
20171220SSPDobrudscha: Went through Traeger map and identified 31 additional colonies that had under 50 Germans at the 1930 census when Traeger's book was published. Removed 2 duplicates. Added Arabagi, Babadag, Basarabi, Bogdah, Carabalar, Carmen Sylva, Casian, Cerchezul, Cernavodă, Cotu Văii, Durasi, General Scărişoreanu, Gherzalar, Hasarlac, Ilanlac, Isaccea, Māgura, Malinova, Medgidia, Mereni, Negru Vodă, Nuntaşi, Osmancea, Ovidiu, Poreaz, Rogojina, Saida, Spasova, Tărguşor, Topraisar, Vâlcelele, Viroaga, Zorile
20171218SSPDobrudscha: Added Osmancea as special request
20171216JK & DGGalizien: 8 parish and religion updates
20171215SSPCentral Asian colonies added: Aschgabad, Buchara, Kozelkov, Krestowo, Neu-Ak-Metschet, Saratowa I, Saratowa II.
20171210JK & DGGalizien: parish updates/additions; coordinate adjustment for Rosenberg, Lemburg district; Wiszenka noted as Mennonite colony.
20171207SSPCreated and populated Siberian, Central Asian and Asiatic Russian colony maps. Made public and added to list of maps on website.
20171128SSPRemoved duplicate Hoffnungsort colony. Corrected broken Google map links for 10 colonies.
SSPCorrected fields in Prischib colonies on main map. Two fields were shifted in the map master data files.
SSPCorrected current name of Eugenfeld, Prischib. The spelling the data was not searchable Google Maps as discovered by a user. Corrected to Polyanivka, Zaporiz’ka, Ukraine. Updated main, Prischib and Black Sea maps.
20171122SSPUpdated Siberian and Central Asian colonies on main map. Many corrections to districts, areas, page numbers, spellings, parishes. A few defunct villages were changed based on information that indicated they were populated places even though satellite photos did not indicate so. 117 new colonies added with all corrections added.
20171114DGB117 new Siberian colony data provided with updates to several others.
20171019SSPSiberian and Central Asia colonies added to main map.
20170922SSPSaint Petersburg and Nowgorod colonies added.
20170913SSPBelowesh colonies added.
20170911SSP54 new Galizien colonies added based on research of Galizien Village Family Books. Research/validation by JK & DG of GGD.
20170816SSP40 more colonies added across the following groups, based DGB's revisitng some of the maps: Beresan, Dobrudscha, Don Cossacks, EBS, Kherson, Kronau, Taurien and new map Yekaterinoslav.
20170813SSPGalizien map updated with 11 Catholic colonies. Research/validation by JK & DG of GGD.
20170716SSPMaripol map created and posted. Working through maps in this area and north caused many colonies to shift between groups, so updates of the following maps had to be done: Caucasus, Chortitza, Don Cossacks. Glückstal (corrections for Kassel and Alt-Kassel done) and Bukovina also updated.
20170628SSPDon Cossacks map created and posted
20170614SSPDobrudscha colony group - Validate data and add sources, adjusted countries at time of founding. Ready to post.
20170612DGGalizien colony group - Updates to the following villages: Alt-Bielitz, Bielitz, Hundstal, Kunzendorf. Ready to post.
20170608SSPDobrudscha colony group - Validate data and add sources.
20170608SSPDobrudscha colony group - Validate data and add sources.
20170606SSPDobrudscha colony group - Validate data and add sources.
20170605SSPDobrudscha colony group - Validate data and add sources.
JK & DGGalizien colony group - Validate and correct Google links for current village names, updates to current names and locations. Villages updated include the following: Krzywulanka, Kranzberg, Mariahilf, Marienhof, Mikulsdorf, Münchenthal, Muzylowice Narodowe, Neu-Babylon, Olszanka, Ostrowiec,Preppendorf.
20170604SSPDobrudscha colony group - Validate data and add sources.
20170525SSPBukovina colony group - Create map for colony group and Austria to include Galicia. Update GRSL map and post.
20170524SSPBukovina colony group - Validate data against sources – 65 validated colonies of the 69. Duplicates merged.
SSPGalizien colony group - Update maps and post.
20170523SSPBukovina colony group - Validate data against sources.
20170522SSPBukovina colony group - Validate data against sources.
20170521SSPBukovina colony group - Collected and documented sources used for this area. Removed mother/daughter designation from colonies, does not pertain to this area. Began validation of data against sources.
20170515JK & DGGalizien colony group - Delivered updates for ...... villages including a change of location for XXX
20170510DGBBukovina colony group - Delivered locations for 69 Bukovina colonies.
20170423SSPGalizien colony group - Updated Google links for current villages, corrected current oblast for Baranówka (Jelna), removed direction notations from current village names.
20170423JK & DGGalizien colony group - Validate and correct Google links for current village names
20170422JK & DGGalizien colony group - Validate and correct Google links for current village names
20170421JK & DGGalizien colony group - Validate and correct Google links for current village names
20170420JK & DGGalizien colony group - Validate and correct Google links for current village names
20170420SSPPost - Map data refresh of the following maps: Volga, Samara, Ural, Volga Region, GRSL full map.
20170419SSPUral colony group - Seperated out colonies that were incorrectly included with the Volga and created new Google map for the Ural colonies.
SSPSamara colony group - Seperated out colonies that were incorrectly included with the Volga and created new Google map for the Samara colonies.
SSPVolga colony group - Edit and verify new standardization and sources support data presented.
20170418SSPVolga colony group - Edit and verify new standardization and sources support data presented.
20170417SSPVolga colony group - Edit and verify new standardization and sources support data presented.
20170415DGBVolga colony group - Villages updated and sourced with Stumpp maps
20170411DGBVolga colony group - Villages updated and sourced with Stumpp maps
20170406SSPCaucasus colony group - Fixed current country for Traubenfeld. Fixed on Caucasus, Black Sea and GRSL maps.
20170403SSPPost - Map data refresh of the following maps: Volga, Galizien, Crimea, Kherson, Kronau, Taurien, Zagradovka, Schwedengebiet, Black Sea, Germans form Russia Settlement Locations map. Update copyright notice on all maps.
20170403SSPGalizien colony group - Continue adding Google map source to each non-defunct colony. Corrected current name of Zablocie to Żywiec. Added note to Sulichow regarding how only historical sources support the location of this village and that no modern sources confirm it. Corrected current name of Neudörfel to Stary Sącz. Corrected current name of Neu-Dornbach to Defunct and added a note about its location in proximity to three other populated towns. Corrected current name of Moosberg to Defunct and added a note about its location. Corrected current name of Grodzkie to Nowy Sącz. Corrected current name of Diamantheim to Defunct. Ready to post.
20170402SSPGalizien colony group - Continue adding Google map source to each non-defunct colony.
20170401SSPGalizien colony group - Add Google map source to each non-defunct colony.
SSPCrimea colony group - Continue verifying new standardization and sources support data presented. Completed. Ready to post.
20170331DGBVolga colony group - new colonies added: Block-Chutor, Bursy, Eichenschwab, Horn, Krochmal, Nikolajewsk, Nischnaja-Wodjanka, Pflaumer, Rau, Smirnow, Torgun. Two duplicates removed.
SSPCrimea colony group - Verify new standardization and sources support data presented.
20170330SSPTaurien colony group - Verified new standardization and sources support data presented. Fixed country at time of founding (Soviet Ukraine) for the following colonies settled after the Soviet Ukraine was established in 1920: Rote Fahne. Ready to post.
SSPZagradoka colony group - Verified new standardization and sources support data presented. Ready to post.
20170329SSPVolhynia colony group - continue indicating which Stumpp map the village was a part of, Polish-Volhynia or Ukrainian-Volhynia.
SSPKherson colony group - Verified new standardization and sources support data presented. Fixed country at time of founding (Soviet Ukraine) and governorates/okruhas for the following colonies settled after the Soviet Ukraine was established in 1920: Freidorf, Falz-Fein, Grünfeld, Krasnoslav, Hoffental, Karl Marx, Marienfeld, Likholetovka, Neufeld, Neuheim, Stalindorf, Friesendorf, Zürichtal. Ready to post.
SSPKronau colony group - Verified new standardization and sources support data presented. Fixed country at time of founding (Soviet Ukraine) and governorates/okruhas for the following colonies settled after the Soviet Ukraine was established in 1920: Deutschendorf, Ivanovka. Ready to post.
SSPSchwedengebiet colony group - Verified new standardization and sources support data presented. Fixed country at time of founding (Soviet Ukraine) and governorates/okruhas for the following colonies settled after the Soviet Ukraine was established in 1920: Friedenheim, Bilayevka, Neu-Klosterdorf, Nova-Kostirka. Ready to post.
20170328SSPVolhynia colony group - began indicating which Stumpp map the village was a part of, Polish-Volhynia or Ukrainian-Volhynia. Sources listed as of this date don't clearly indicate this, but the German Russian Handbook does. The designation Ukrainian-Volhynia or Polish-Volhynia only applies to the years between 1920 (Treaty of Versailles terms divided Volhynia between Poland and Russia) and 1939 (Poland ceded its section to the USSR.) Given that there are few founding dates for Volhynia villages, this information may be of use to researchers who know when their families were in a particular village than changed countries.
20170323SSPContinue update/verify defunct village names are called "Defunct. Village no longer exists." in the following colony groups: Volhynia (379 defunct).
20170322SSPContinue update/verify defunct village names are called "Defunct. Village no longer exists." in the following colony groups: Volhynia (still working...).
20170321SSPUpdate/verify defunct village names are called "Defunct. Village no longer exists." in the following colony groups: Glückstal (9 defunct), Hoffnungstal (17 defunct), Liebental (6 defunct), Kutschurgan (7), Volhynia (still working...).
SSPNew - Volhynia colony group - Current name and Google map reference added for ancestral village Alexandria, Ushomir, Volhynia. No name listed on prior maps.
20170320SSPUpdate/verify defunct village names are called "Defunct. Village no longer exists." in the following colony groups: Zagradovka (4 defunct), Taurien (8 defunct), Schwedengebiet (3 defunct), Crimea (97 defunct), EBS (0), Galizien (37 defunct), Bessarabia (44 defunct), Caucasus (34 defunct), Prischib (8 defunct), Molotschbna (15 defunct), Chortitza (23 defunct), Volga (129 defunct)
20170317SSPCopied dorf-master file last updated 13 March by DGB as a base for the new map-master file, which will be edited to new standards, and used for all map updates going forward. The goal is to ensure maps are easy to use and there are sufficient sources to support the data presented for each village. Standardization includes: call out Defunct villages in the current name field; additional field for AKAs and alternate spellings to make the labels on the maps easier to read; remove multiple current village names/spellings and use the name that appears on Google Maps; include a link to current villages, which often provides photos, Wikipedia links and other information about the current status of the place; if sufficient sources are not available, explain why the villags is still on the map; note any conflicting source and the conclusions made from them.
SSPCreated new field named "Other Names, Spellings" for AKAs. Purpose is to make the map labels clearer for users. Some villages have 4 or more names and spelling variations, all of which show up on the pin label, slows the map rendering down. The two more common names will appear under Ancestral Names, with the remaining names and alternate spellings and character sets under the new field. All remain searchable.
SSPGalizien colony group - moved AKAs to new column "Other Names, Spellings"
20170313DGBCrimea colony group - Villages updated (details unknown) include Karlowka, Karlovka, Kaspir, Kildiar, Kir-Itschki, Kir-Ichky, Kohenly, Kogenly, Kaisertal, Kujeran, Kuyeran, Kueran, Morsi, Morsy, Ogus-Tobe, Oguz-Tebe, Okus-Tebe.
20170312SSPPost - Map refresh of the following maps: Volga, Galizien, Germans from Russia Settlement Locations.

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