Sandy Schilling Payne

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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 Gl├╝ckstal 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.

Search memorial contributions by Sandy Schilling Payne


1. Parents

2 Memorials

2. Grandparents

4 Memorials

3. Great-Grandparents

7 Memorials