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Sandy Schilling Payne (#47498634)
 member for 6 years, 5 months, 25 days
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Bio Photo I've been doing Germans from Russia research since 1994. My own family research goes back to the early 1600s in Germany and the Alsace region of France. The early 1800s took both sides of the family to the Glückstal and Kutschurgan colonies in Russia, now in Moldova and Ukraine respectively. 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

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.

2017-Mar-28 Any corrections that state "Russia" for the birthplace of a person of German from Russia heritage will not be processed. It doesn't matter if that's what the obituary says. Russia today as it is in Find a Grave is not the same as Russia was between 1763 and roughly 1939 when ethnic Germans settled there. Please include the ancestral village name or look it up on on the maps at Germans from Russia Settlement Locations and submit the current village/town/city name.

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Kenneth Bunn
RE: Ann Pesicka


Memorial deleted.

Thank you
Added by Kenneth Bunn on Jul 25, 2017 9:57 AM
Kenneth Bunn
RE: Ann Pesicka
Thank you.
I would be happy to manage Ann Pesicka's memorial, until a closer relative asks to manage it.
Correction Joseph Pesicka is my Father-in-law, Ralph Pesicka's Uncle.

I looked at the website "Germans from Russia Settlement Locations" and am confused how the Pesickas fit in, as they say that they came from Checkoslovakia.

Added by Kenneth Bunn on Jul 22, 2017 5:03 PM
Kenneth Bunn
Ann Pesicka

You asked me to remove the Find A Grave Memorial# 160976998.

Are you a descendant or close relative of this person? If so I will gladly remove my memorial.

She is the wife of my father-in-law's first cousin, and I am doing my Wife's family history.

Added by Kenneth Bunn on Jul 22, 2017 7:49 AM
RE: George Guthmiller
Hi Sandy, thanks for having the memorials created and for taking care of all the edits. I believe that's all I have for now.
Have a great weekend. Diana
Added by Diana on Jun 30, 2017 6:55 PM
Katy Mart
RE: Elsie Glass Schlosser
Sandy, thanks for all you do with the memorial. I appreciate the offer to transfer the memorial to me but like you I am related only through my husband. I have 20 memorials to manage already and two cemeteries that I am trying to finished listing all the internments. I have been working on my husband's family and that is how I came upon the information on Elsie. I did meet her a long time ago but no real memory of it. On the birth location issue my husband and I think that probably when the two applied for Social Security; they needed a birth certificate. I doubt that they could get one from Hungary as the area was split up after WW1. So North Dakota being a frontier area in the early 1900s; it was probably easier to get a birth certificate from the state. Thanks again for adding the information I provided. Kathy
Added by Katy Mart on Jun 14, 2017 7:54 AM
Katy Mart
Elsie Glass Schlosser
Sandy, thank you for adding information on Elsie Glass Schlosser. She is my husband's Aunt. There is a passenger list for the family coming to New York in June 6,1906. They left the port of Fiume Hungary on the Ship Carpathia: Father Franz, mother Elizabeth, sisters Anna and Elizabth. Father and mother's names are written in the German form. Many German's moved to the Badat region of Austria-Hungary before WWI. This area was Hungary at that time but is Yugoslavia today.
On Franz Klas's Declaration of Intention to become a citizen of the US in 1911 he stated he was born in Szccisenflove, Hungary. The current family thinks the names of the towns were either Blumadahl or Josefelva. These names do not exist today. Also because the parents did not read or write English their surname is written as Glass but it may have been Klaus. Thanks again for your help.
Added by Katy Mart on Jun 11, 2017 3:20 PM
Greta Wahl-Diede
RE: Leberman photos
I noticed two different spellings of Leberman while I was uploading the pictures. If my photos are incorrectly placed, please let me know?
Added by Greta Wahl-Diede on Jun 11, 2017 10:16 AM
Katy Mart
Elsie Glass Schlosser
Elsie was born in Hungary not North Dakota. She came here with her parents Franz and Elizabeth Glass and sister Elizabeth in 1906. There is a 1910 and 1920 census record for her listing birth place as Hungary. The family did live in Glen Ullin, North Dakota.
Added by Katy Mart on Jun 10, 2017 2:17 PM
Flynn Warmington
RE: Peter Hauck
I have 4 Peter Haucks in my family tree. I don't know which one you mean, but 3 are from Kassel (Velykokomariska), near Glueckstal, Odessa region, south Russia (now Ukraine). The 4th one, b. 1888, was probably born there. His parents were from there, but he was born after the documents stop (1885). You can find documents at:

Best wishes!
Flynn Warmington
Added by Flynn Warmington on Jun 10, 2017 12:11 AM
RE: Gladys Sandmeier
Greetings Sandy,
Somehow missed this message from you and just located today. Apologize for the long delay. The obit was located via via the internet.
I'm listing it again below in case you deleted because of my failure to respond sooner.
Gladys Schmidtgall Sandmeier is a relative via my Schmidtgall family. I was very interested to read about your German/Russian research and appreciate the links you listed.

Gladys Sandmeier, 67, Bismarck, died January 28, 2005, in Manhattan, Kansas.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:30 AM at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Bismarck with Rev. Jeff Tengesdal officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 - 9:00 PM at Eastgate Funeral Service.

Gladys was born on October 19, 1937, in Lowry, South Dakota, the daughter of Albert and Minnie Schmidtgall. She grew up and attended school in Lowry. On September 22, 1957, Gladys married Emil Sandmeier in Bowdle, South Dakota. They moved to Bismarck in 1974.

She is survived by her husband, Emil of Bismarck; her daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Steve Kenner of Bismarck; her son and daughter-in-law, Bryan and Valeri Sandmeier of Ogden, Kansas; daughter-in-law, Nancy Sandmeier of Salina, Kansas; her mother, Minnie Schmidtgall of Pierre, South Dakota; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Patricia and Robert Fite of San Antonio, Texas, and Paulette and Daniel Petersen of Pierre, South Dakota; and her grandchildren, Brandon and Britney Sandmeier, James Lewis, Stephen, Kailey, and Tayler Kenner. She was preceded in death by her father, Albert Schmidtgall and her brother, John Schmidtgall.
Funeral Home Eastgate Funeral & Cremation Service
2302 East Divide Avenue Bismarck, ND 58501
Tel. (701) 223-7322

Added by Stevie on May 25, 2017 5:48 PM
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