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March 2020 SGGEE Journal
In this issue of the SGGEE Journal, we have two articles.  The first article is a translation of a German story of the Fuchs family and their travails starting in 1941 until they were able to receive visas to leave the Soviet Union and enter West Germany in 1971.  The article was sent to us from Kirsten Peterson, a SGGEE member from Denmark.  The second article is a multi-part memoir of the times and life of Leontina Sonnenburg.  The story recounts her memories of growing up in Volhynia and the upheaval that occurred during her early years.  The article was written by Shelley Popke, who wrote this as her thesis for her graduate degree.  Leontina is Shelley’s great-grandmother.

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Latest Merge of the Master Pedigree Database (MPD)
April 3, 2020
We have just completed a merge of the MPD against itself. The merge compared almost 22,000 records in the MPD, and of that number, 5224 were merged.
Click here to see a 314 page PDF file listing records changed, sorted by SGGEE member ID. (SGGEE membership required)
Click the link here and you will see a 408 page PDF file which shows the 2612 merged records, including the parents and spouses and children of the persons shown in the merged records.
Both pdf files are searchable using your computer, so you can search the data under your personal ID, or you can search for surnames in your personal family data to see if there are any matches to your family. If you find something promising, go to the MPD online, using the ID numbers in these pdf files to see how the found record links to the rest of the MPD.
Many thanks to Rose Ingram who spent hundreds of hours researching original records to resolve problems with records that would not easily merge.

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2020 Convention in Portland, OR Canceled
The Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe is announcing the cancellation of its annual convention, scheduled for late July in Portland, Oregon. This decision is taken to help preserve the health of those who were planning to attend. As an international society, we also recognize that traveling into the United States may continue to be restricted, and even U.S. residents may find travel this summer to be difficult. More details are provided on our Convention News page .

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Emigration Lists from Germany to Poland and Prussia
Several links have been provided for resources to research Germans that emigrated out of Würtemberg to Prussia and Poland (and includes information for those to America as well).

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Rozyszcze Project Update
As of May 2020, the Volhynia-Kiev-Podolia (VKP) databases list more than 160,000 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 held by Archiwum Główne Akt Dawnych (AGAD) in Warsaw. More than 90% of the data is from Rozyszcze Lutheran parish with the rest from Wladimir-Wolynsk and Lutzk parishes plus 10 kantorates near Rowno and Tutschin. The dates completed so far extend from 1862 to 1935. This is an ongoing project with the goal to extract all available records, some of which go to as late as 1937. To initiate a search, go to the public databases page.

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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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