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September 2021 SGGEE Journal
In this issue of the SGGEE Journal, Rodney Ratzlaff provides Part 2 of his story. In this edition, Rodney discusses why Mennonites came to the United States due to changes in Russian law and how they ended up in various midwestern states. Bill Remus discusses the migration of Germans from their starting points into the various regions that had been annexed as well as into Volhynia. Victor Gess was a founding member of SGGEE, who recently passed away. We have included an article he had written for the 20th anniversary of SGGEE as well as his obituary. And rounding out this quarter, the Convention committee has reported on the SGGEE virtual convention that occurred on September 18 and 19.


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.


Rozyszcze Project Update
As of May 2021, the Volhynia-Kiev-Podolia (VKP) databases list more than 185,000 birth, confirmation, marriage, and death events which include clickable links to online scans of the records. The data is extracted from Volhynia parish register books from 1862 to 1939 held by Archiwum Główne Akt Dawnych (AGAD) in Warsaw. The Project is nearing completion. To initiate a search, go to the public databases page.


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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