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The region of Volhynia -- in German, Wolhynien -- is in the northwest corner of Ukraine, west of Kyiv. It borders Poland to the west and Belarus to the north. Volhynia was the name of an administrative district, called a gubernia, before the Russian Revolution. Major cities include Zhitomir, Rowno and Lutsk.
In the mid-1800s many Germans settled in Volhynia. This site will help you to research their ancestry.
The map above is from an atlas published in London in 1908 by the Harmsworth company.
Old train station in Zhitomir, torn down many years ago
Societies dealing with Volhynia:
Federation of East European Family History Societies
American Historical Society of Germans from Russia
East European Genealogical Society
Germans from Russia Heritage Society
Society for German Genealogy in East Europe
For Germans from Russian Poland and Volhynia,
sponsored by the Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe.
German Russian Genealogy
A Genealogical Guide to Immigration Records, by Dave Obee. This 160-page book is the most comprehensive guide ever written about resources for Canadian immigration research. It covers passenger lists and many other sources, including naturalization records and newspapers. This could be the most important book on Canadian genealogy this year. It includes six maps, 60 illustrations, more than 100 Internet links, and a comprehensive bibliography. Available from Interlink Bookshop and Global Genealogy. C$30.00
German villages in western Volhynia
Volhynia history timeline
Holocaust by Hunger -- on the Daily Mail website
A 1933 look at conditions in Russia
Criminal Code sections in the Soviet Union
Volhynia records timeline
Lutheran records in the Zhitomir archive
Zhitomir Lutheran members 1933
Volhynia's Baptist pastors
Residents of some villages in the Zhitomir area
A brief account of my first visit to Zhitomir, 1995
Migration records dealing with ethnic Germans in 1939-1945
How to use EWZ records
Sample EWZ-50 file (PDF format)
For Hulda Bienert, born in Solodyri in 1891
E/G Kartei EWZ-57 (alphabetic) film numbers
EWZ-58 (numeric) film numbers
About this site:
Volhynia.com is a personal project of Dave Obee, Victoria, B.C., Canada. It has been online in January 2006, although some of the material was on Dave's other sites as early as 1997.
Dave has collected extensive information on the German Baptist colonies in the Neudorf area of Volhynia, in the Ukraine. His personal family tree includes names such as Weiss, Scheffler, Tiedtke, Reschke, Tiede, Menzel, Hartmann, Schindler, and Boehnert. Villages include Iwanowitsch, Solodyri, Pulin, Neudorf, Florowka, Skolobow, Rogowka, and Wjasowitz; all are near Zhitomir.
Dave's Volhynian ancestors went there in the 1860s. Before that, they lived in Albrechtsdorf, Bartenstein, and Pr. Eylau, in East Prussia (Ostpreussen); Nakel and Bromberg in Posen; and Dabie, Drzewce, Lodz and Konigsbach in Poland.
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