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Sandy Schilling Payne (#47498634)
 member for 5 years, 2 months, 4 days
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Bio Photo I've been doing genealogy research on and off since 1994. My research has my family origins back to the early 1600s in Germany and the Alsace region of France. The early 1800s took both sides of the family to the Gluckstal and Kutschurgan colonies in South Russia, now known as Moldova and Ukraine. The late 1800s to early 1900s again brought both sides of the family to North and South Dakota and scattered across the West.

Currently involved in a project to make the Germans from Russia colony location data collected by DG Bender available to the public as he incorporates the cemeteries and memorials into Find a Grave. See our site below .

Germans from Russia Settlement Locations

I'm currently located in the Charleston, SC area.

Particular interest in documenting female ancestors.

Feel free to use any of my photos any way you like. I would, however, as a courtesy, at least like to know how the family photos are being used and where they are published.

Accuracy is important. Please notify me of any corrections that need to be made to any of my memorials, especially those that do not have a photograph and were entered from a database. Please provide sources to support your corrections.

2012-Nov-17 Began adding source info to bio notes

2015-Oct-17 I will not add narrative biographies that do not provide at least one or more sources supporting the facts in the bio. If there is a discrepancy of an unsourced bio, I will do the research when I'm able and include documented facts only.
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Maxine White
RE: St Augustine-Bowdle
Finally had a nice day and some time. Need to get a plot map as several names are still missing for markers. (or in the wrong cemetery)
that will be good - then I don't have to send and edit for each one. lol
Added by Maxine White on May 02, 2016 9:19 PM
Shirley Jacobchick
RE: Schmidtgall/Sandmeier in Bismarck
Your very welcome...I'm trying to do the entire cemetery, so I may come across some more :)
Added by Shirley Jacobchick on Apr 23, 2016 4:41 PM
Maxine White
St Augustine-Bowdle
I still have a way to go. Thanks for your help and cooperation. There is more to go. Need to get a plot for the cemetery, am missing several.
Added by Maxine White on Apr 13, 2016 8:39 AM
RE: George Sautner
Thank you for going above and beyond and adding the information about the Russian places of past. I appreciate all that you do for find a grave. Thanks again!
Added by Mother2Many on Apr 10, 2016 2:29 PM
Paul R
RE: Re: Moving middle initials and maiden names

Thanks for letting me send additional edits. I have just sent you all that I have at this time.

Added by Paul R on Feb 29, 2016 4:33 PM
J Mo & B Ma
RE: Christina Binder
Thanks, Sandy!
Added by J Mo & B Ma on Feb 29, 2016 7:23 AM
Philip Weiss
RE: Michael Thomas #112795645
Hi Sandy,

Unfortunately I do not live near Strasburg. I hope someone is kind enough to get a photo for you.

Added by Philip Weiss on Dec 13, 2015 3:20 PM
Jim J Schumacher
Frances" Hoffart Hopfinger
# 92671527

The Bio needs to be corrected

The Family Ludwig Hoffart and Spouse arrived 1886
Source 1900 Federal Cencus
My Records show the family is from Selz, Kutschurgan, Odessa

Fransika Hoffart Birth 1 Nov 1891 in Selz, Emmons, North Dakota Per headstone and 1900 Federal Cencus

Should be more as follows

Francisca "Frances" Hoffart was born in 1891 in Selz, Emmons, North Dakota the daughter of Ludwick and Margarete Hoffart. She was one of several children. Ludwick was a farmer.

The family emigrated to the United States in 1886, their ship landing in New York, New York.

Francisca married Anton Hopfinger on 19 Jun 1912 to in Edmunds County, South Dakota. He was the son of Sylverster and Magdalina (Ussleman) Hopfinger. Anton was a general farmer. They lived on their farm in Edmunds County, South Dakota and had 5 children: Magdalena, John, Mary, Adam and Frank.

Frances died on 1 Mar 1927 in Edmunds County, South Dakota and was buried in Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery in Hosmer.
Added by Jim J Schumacher on Oct 16, 2015 8:28 AM
Sylvia Hertel
barbara (Eisenbeiss) Schlaht
I thought I was the only nut to be still up at 4 in the morning!

I got suspicious about Barbara's birth place, so I did some double checking, and discovered I was right. So then, I checked to see where the wrong information came from. As it turned out it came from familysearch. They had two birth records on her, one on an image and the other not.

The one that wasn't on an image was either a transcribed record, or one someone just added to their tree, and altered the birth place to make it fit better. Never mind the importance of documenting.(:.

I really get tired of these researchers who don't have a clue about what they're doing. That was only the first error I found tonight.

Guten Tag,
Added by Sylvia Hertel on Oct 12, 2015 4:08 AM
RE: Riverview and Old Third Central
When you enter the cemetery look way to your left. They are directly in front of the tree line on the left side of the cemetery. You have to get close to be able to see them because it's always dark by the graves. Good luck!

Added by Saratoga on Sep 27, 2015 5:10 AM
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