Village of BRUNNENTAL, SAMARA, VOLGA, RUSSIA
The Village of Brunnental, Russia (called Kriwojar in Russian)
located on the east side of the Volga River, was first founded
in 1855 by villagers from the mother colonies of
These villagers needed more land, so they
headed for the East side of the Volga River (Samara region) in search of a site
for a new village. They found such a sight where the landscape
formed the perfect setting for their new village, a natural
valley with an abundant water supply. That is where Brunnental
got its name meaning -- "well-valley".
The Samara region, more commonly called the Wiesenseite
(valley or meadow side), was a well-watered rolling steppeland
reaching from the Volga River to the Ural Mountains and south
to Tsaritsyn (Volgograd). The Saratov side, the Bergseite
(hilly side) reflected a terrain of hills and level areas.
Both regions were well suited to agriculture.
For more information about the village of BRUNNENTAL check out
the following areas:
The listserv is a great way to keep in touch with everyone who is researching
their families in Brunnental. When you send a message, it goes to the entire
group of people who are subscribed. There is also an archive of all the emails
which have been sent, so you can see what everyone is doing. Check it out!!!
We also now have a FACEBOOK Group for Brunnental, so visit our FACEBOOK GROUP PAGE.
You will enjoy chatting with other researchers.
This section includes information taken from the WWI Draft Registration Forms, filled out by all those eligible for the draft in 1917-1918.
This section includes pictures and desciptions of artifacts brought from Brunnental.
This section includes passenger lists of everyone we have currently found
arriving in the US from Russia or Germany.
14 Issues of the Brunnental Village Newsletter -- Live, On The Internet
Or you might want to read 14 back issues of the
Frank/Brunnental Village Newsletter, available right here on the internet in .pdf format.(1992-1996)
This section includes interviews and written histories provided by various villagers
who once lived in Brunnental or who have recently visited Brunnental.
There are recent photos from David Karber on in June 2005 trip to Brunnental.
There are also photos from Steve Schreiber's
Brunnental in 2001.
This section includes
the 1923 Poem of Brunnental by Rev. Elias Hergert which mentions
over 295 people who once lived in Brunnental.
Information about the
St. Paul's Evangelical & Reformed Church in Portland,
Oregon where both Rev. Jacob Hergert and Rev. Elias Hergert preached
A Picture of a school class in 1935/36 taken in Brunnental with identification of persons. NOTE, NEW NAMES HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED!!!
And a listing of SURNAMES for those coming from the village of Brunnental.
And a GEDLIST files for over 17,000 descendants of Brunnental by surname.
And a photo of the 1934 First Grade Class in Brunnental with a few children identified. (photo courtesy of Anna Spieker).
And a photo taken in 1938 of the Motor-Traktor station (MTC) in Brunnental, and The MTC was also responsible for the other villages. (courtesy of Albert Sartorius), with identification.
And a photo taken in 1940 of the Motor-Traktor station (MTC) in Brunnental (courtesy of Albert Sartorius)
This section includes how to order maps for the village of Brunnental--Circa 1912 or Circa 1940
And other related maps showing the mills and bridges in Brunnental
At this time, all we
have are indexes, but we are looking into finding the actual information (see below) in
the upcoming months.
These collections on the films are arranged by country or region,
with individual's files in alphabetical order by family name.
Only a portion of these films are indexed at this time. Much of the
collection is for researchers with Black Sea, Krim, Kaukasus roots, but
we have also found some Volga German, and some from Brunnental.
In these files the following types of documents are found:
- 1) Personal family histories [Personalblatt]
- 2) Application for naturalization [Einbuergerungsantrag]
- 3) Often photos [Hitlerjungend]
- 4) Names, birth dates and places, residence in Russia, and stamped with date of issue [ Volkstumsausweis Certificat]
- 5) Life story [Lebenslauf]
This section gives you information on how to locate
relatives through the "Query"
section of the Newsletter.
Contacts can also be made through
Newspapers in Germany and Russia.
Relatives can also be found through Organizations in the US and South America.
This section contains unidentified photos.
Can you help identify them?
This section contains a list of Brunnental citizens (surnames starting
with A, B, and G only) that were politically persecuted.
Many thanks to Steve Schreiber for his help in procuring
these records, and the translation.
Sherrie Stahl, Editor & AHSGR Village Coordinator
(NOTE NEW EMAIL ADDRESS & MAILING ADDRESS !!)