My father's parents were Germans from Russia who first settled in Winnipeg, Canada then later went to Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Surnames: Becker, Wiedeman/Weideman, Steinbrecher, Schmer/Schmier. Villages all on the Volga, Russia: Erlenbach, Unterdorf, Grimm, Doenhof.
My mother's family comes from the former German province of Schlesien. Mom was born at Glogau; her mother was born at the village of Schlabitz in Kreis Guhrau. Surnames: Denke, Kothe, Nöthel, Henke, Mischke, Bernert, Liebert. Places: all in the former German province of Schlesien: Neuguth; Guhlau, Kreis Guhrau; Jaestersheim; Mückendorf, Kreis Sprottau; Suckau, Kreis Sprottau.
The parents of my late mother-in-law were Germans from South Russia who settled in North Dakota. Surnames: Erbele, Hartwig, Laubenstein, Ruckhaber, Rebert, Schrempf. Places: Beulah, ND; Hazen, ND; Bluegrass, ND; Brienne Bessarabia, S.Russia; Teplitz Bessarabia, S.Russia; Neu Freudenthal, S.Russia.
My late father-in-law emigrated to the USA
from Denmark. He changed his name from Thustrup to Thurston. Surnames: Bahnsen, Munkholm, Thustrup.