[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Volhynians in South America (and conference kudos)

Mauricio Norenberg mauricio.norenberg at gmail.com
Fri Aug 20 20:22:13 PDT 2010

Hello Edie and Michael,

I'm Brazilian and I've been researching about my family immigration for some
years now.

I have been on many villages in South Brazil, and I managed to search
through original historical recordings on Porto Alegre's public libraries
and museums. There's a good amount of recordings there. And I know about a
book that I was going to buy that contains all the arriving records on the
Village that was set for Russian-German immigration on early 1900's.

There's about 3 years now that I haven't had any time to research, but I'm
keen to continue. I plan to have a community website so I can organize this
stuff better, and in English.

I still looking for missing relatives in either Canada or the US, at one of
these cases of people that went to North America instead.
I'm pretty sure my ancestors knew they where going to South America. Some of
them left South America and went to North America.

The missing relatives records that I'm chasing in North America are Gottlieb
Henschke married with Christine Noerenberg. I have their marriage record in
Volhynia at 1870's and I know they went to North America because  my grandma
knew them and always told about them. And wondered how are their children's
and grandchildren today, since they used to swap letters 100 years ago.

I'm living in New Zealand at the moment, but a travel to both North and
South America are on my plans.

Anything I can help about information in S. America, it will be my pleasure.



On 21 August 2010 12:05, Edie Adam <edieadam at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello list: On my return from the SGGEE conference in Edmonton, I stopped
> in
> Fargo to visit the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection at North Dakota
> State University. They have a small but interesting collection of materials
> on Volhynia, and one of the librarians is a Volhynian! He told me his
> family
> from West Prussia was among those to arrive in Annette/Josephine as those
> two first colonies were being founded. But they found the land too swampy
> and moved on to Bessarabia within a few years. That's a reminder that
> Volhynians wandered into areas covered by other societies and we have
> interests in common.
> The director of the GHRC, Michael Miller, mentioned that they are
> considering a documentary on Germans from Russia in South America, and I
> was
> able to tell him that Volhynians in some numbers went to Brazil. Michael is
> looking for North American families with a family branch in South America
> as
> part of the research for a potential documentary. Apparently, some G-Rs
> boarded boats for "America" and to their shock, were delivered to South
> America instead.
> If you know of a family with links in both Americas, please contact Michael
> at michael.miller at ndsu.edu.
> And kudos to those who organized the conference; it was again an amazing
> weekend, and I strongly recommend the SGGEE conference to everyone on the
> list. You will learn something!
> Edie Adam
> Virginia, USA
> Researching Adam, Ratz, Dause in Poland, Volhynia and Russia
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