Sandy Schilling Payne

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8 years · 6 months · 17 days
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I am not related to the vast majority of memorials that I manage, so I am more than happy to transfer memorials to relatives rather than make corrections.

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 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 western United States.

Feel free to use any of my photos any way you like. Attribution is appreciated.

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 and submit the current village/town/city name.

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