Publications

Publication and Presentation Timeline 

2020
Germans from Russia in America: An Ever Expanding "German-Russian Country", Sandy Schilling Payne. Germans from Russia Heritage Society Heritage ReviewVol. 50, No. 3, (October 2020): pp. 28-36

Google MyMaps of Ancestral German Colonies in Russia: 1873-1939. Presentation to Germans from Russia Genealogy. September 12, 2020 (virtual presentation). Sandy Schilling Payne, presenter. 

Germans from Russia Settlement Locations in the United States: 1873-2020. Presentation to Germans from Russia Genealogy. September 11, 2020 (virtual presentation). Sandy Schilling Payne, presenter. 

Germans from Russia Settlement Locations: Mapping America. Sandy Schilling Payne. Journal of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia. Spring 2020. Volume 43, No. 1: pp. 16-24

2019
Mapping the Past in the Present: Germans from Russia Settlement Locations. Presentation to the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia Edmonton Chapter. October 9, 2019, Edmonton, Canada (remote presentation). Sandy Schilling Payne, presenter. 

Mapping America: Germans from Russia Settlement Locations.  Presentation at the 50th International Convention of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia.  July 23-27, 2019, Lincoln, Nebraska.  Sandy Schilling Payne, presenter. 

2017
The Germans from Russia Settlement Locations Project, Sandy Schilling Payne.  Max Kade Institute Friends of Max Kade Newsletter, Volume 26, No. 3, Fall 2017: p. 1, 4-6.

Locating your Ancestral Villages on Google Maps: Germans from Russia Settlement Location Project.  Presentation at the 48th International Convention of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia.  August 30-31, 2017, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Sandy Schilling Payne, presenter. 

Karte der deutschen Ansiedlungen im Osten auf Google MapsBrigitte Bornemann. Mitteilungsblatt des Bessarabischen Vereins e.V.  72. Jahr gang and Heft 08/August 2017.  The English translation of the article is available from the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection under the title Charting German Settlements in the East via Google Maps.

Project Update: Germans from Russia Settlement Locations, 
Sandy Schilling Payne. Germans from Russia Heritage Society Heritage ReviewVol. 47, No. 1, (March 2017): pp, 4-5.

Locating your Ancestral Villages on Google Maps: Germans from Russia Settlement Location Project.  Presentation at the Alberta Genealogical Society - Medicine Hat & District Branch. March 1, 2017, Medicine Hat, Alberta.  Dennis Bender and Melvin Bender, presenters.
2016
From Russia with LoveMo Cranker.  Medicine Hat NewsNovember 14, 2016, p. A3.
Locating your Ancestral Villages on Google Maps: Germans from Russia Settlement Location Project.  Presentation at the Germans from Russia Heritage Society 46th Annual International Convention.  September 8, 2016, Rapid City, South Dakota.  Dennis Bender and Melvin Bender, presenters. 

John Althouse.  Alberta Genealogical Society of Edmonton BranchGerman Special Interest Group, My German Roots Newsletter, Vol. 6, No. 6: pp. 21-24.

Black Sea Region German Settlement Location and Current Name: Bessarabian, Beresan, and Crimean Villages, Dennis Bender. Germans from Russia Heritage Society Heritage ReviewVol. 46, No. 1, (March 2016): pp, 21-27
Black Sea Region German Settlement Location and Current Name, Dennis Bender.  Germans from Russia Oregon and Washington Chapter (G.R.O.W.) Newsletter, Vol. 15, Issue 2 (Jan.-Feb.-Mar. 2016): pp. 8, 11-12. 

Presentation Descriptions 

  • Mapping the Past in the Present
    • This presentation reviews the technology behind the Germans from Russia Settlement Locations project. From aerial and satellite imagery, to Global Positioning Systems, to the internet and graphical WWW browsers, to Google and cloud-based web hosting, to recent georeferencing sites that use historical map overlays, this session will highlight all that had to be invented in order for the maps project to exist.
  • Mapping America
    • This presentation outlined the research and purpose behind mapping the locations of the descendants of Germans from Russia who immigrated to the United States after their colonist privileges were revoked in the early 1870s during a nationalist movement in Russia under Emperor Alexander II.  
  • Locating Your Ancestral Villages on Google Maps
    • This presentation documented the history, purpose, and goals of the Germans from Russia Settlement Locations project from its inception. It includes the research methods and sources used to locate German colonies in Russia, how they are mapped using Google MyMaps, a summary of the project's progress and a tour of the online map.