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Sandy Schilling Payne (#47498634)
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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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Ila Johnson
RE: Berniece Schanzenbach

She is a 2nd cousin, twice removed so I am related but not closely.

Ila Johnson
Added by Ila Johnson on Jan 12, 2017 4:05 PM
Renee Graupman Christensen
RE: Carolina Teske Aman in Bethany
The information I get is from The American Historical Society of Germans from Russia has done an excellent job of adding obituaries to names. I just read the obituary, correct or add info to the family search site and then see if I can find them on Find a Grave. If I do I then correct or add info as needed and try to attach family members whenever possible.

Added by Renee Graupman Christense... on Jan 06, 2017 9:27 AM
Bill Kapaun
RE: Mary Senger
The problem I've been having is adding parents when a spouse is already linked. It states something about a pending spouse link already submitted. In order to proceed, I have to remove the spouse, which becomes part of the edit. IOW, to add the parents, I have to remove the spouse. It's an intermittent problem. THANKS
Added by Bill Kapaun on Oct 20, 2016 9:06 AM
RE: Fred J Hagele
Photo added. Are you interested in his obituary?
It is online in google news: Lodi News-Sentinel Aug 6 1997.
Added by LyndaBentz on Sep 27, 2016 11:56 AM
Donald Schmidt
RE: Where exactly in Russia?
Jacob, Sabina and Anna HUber were born at Heilbrunn, Russia, Christ Jacober was born at Glueckstal and Charlotte was born at Freeman, South Dakota.
Take care!!!
Added by Donald Schmidt on Sep 26, 2016 6:03 PM
RE: Gladys Sandmeier

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.

Added by Stevie on Aug 21, 2016 8:20 PM
Maxine White
RE: Photos, photos, photos
ok sounds like a plan.
Added by Maxine White on Jul 22, 2016 7:06 AM
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
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