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March 2022 SGGEE Journal
In this issue of the SGGEE Journal, Gabriele Goldstone writes of her travels through East Prussia on bicycle as she recounts her mother’s story. Ruth Boettcher, SGGEE President, tells the story of her families travels to the US from Volhynia by way of Mexico and also provides a pictorial overview of those travels. Finally, Alex Brzhezytskyi, prior to the invasion of Ukraine, tells of a partnership in Volhynia that is memorializing those villages with a strong German history. Many of you know Alex from his work in the Zhitomir archives or through Volhynian Adventure Tours and we wish him all the best during these trying times in Ukraine.


New on the Virtual SGGEE page (Members Only) Navigating Online Records for Germans in Eastern Europe. Virtual presentation on Databases in Poland: Geneteka, Metryki & FamilySearch by Sigrid Pohl-Perry, June 11, 2022.


The German Colonies in Volhynia by Mykhailo Kostiuk
Originally published in Ukrainian, this work is a reliable introduction to German colonists in Volhynia, and one for which their English-speaking descendants have been waiting. Download a PDF version or order a printed copy now.


Master Pedigree Database (MPD) Updated July 31, 2021
The Master Pedigree Database has just been updated with the most current data received and processed to date. It has been merged resulting in 535,731 records all of which have been renumbered.


SGGEE Data Collections Guidelines
SGGEE has recently established guidelines for collection of personal data from its members covering several facets of activity conducted by SGGEE members including participation on Facebook, use of our listserv, and sharing of personal DNA data.

Volhynian Flour Mill - artistry by member Les Ollenberg
(see our Credits Page for more art by Les)



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