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Bessarabia (& Dobrudscha) RIG

Mission Statement
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RIG Organization Info

Mission Statement

We recognize the need to bring together those people interested in the collection, publication and preservation of our heritage as Germans from Russia. We will foster the preservation of folklore, songs, literature, objects of art, genealogies, photos, documents and all applicable records and do all other necessary work to carry out the objectives of GRHS and the Bessarabian RIG.

We will work together to further and advance the information and knowledge of our ancestors history while they resided in Bessarabia and the Dobrudscha.

Bessarabia RIG Charter

Contact Info

Mailing Address:
Bessarabia RIG
c/o GRHS
1125 W. Turnpike Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58501

BESS RIG Director

Allen Konrad

bess director email

BESS RIG Listserv Administrator

Al Berger

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BESS RIG Spokesperson

Allen Konrad

BESS RIG Webmaster

Al Berger & Jodi Bitterman

bess webmaster email

RIG Organization Info

Village Coordinators

Village coordinators have expertise in researching specific villages. They're a great source of help for your research!

We always welcome more volunteers to act as VCs and there is always room for more than one VC per village. Contact Lucy Simpson at Lucy Simpson email if you are interested in becoming a VC.

Project Coordination & Volunteers

Projects undertaken related to Bessarabia will be coordinated within the framework of the GRHS Clearing House. If you're interested in volunteering to assist with a project, contact volunteer at GRHS.

Bessarabia Listserv

The Bessarabia RIG listserv is a closed list, for RIG members only. There is no additional charge for a GRHS member to become a member of the Bessarabia RIG and join the listserv. See the list of Bessarabia RIG members and those on the listserv.

Bessarabia RIG Web Page Policies

The Bessarabia RIG web pages exist to assist those researching their family history in Bessarabia & Dobrudscha. Links or statements that are politically-oriented or may be objectionable to GRHS members will not be allowed. In order to maintain GRHS's status as a non-profit 501c(3) organization, links or statements related to commercial, for-profit endeavors are not allowed.

The Bessarabia RIG web pages have information that is freely available to anyone accessing this site, as well as information that is restricted to GRHS members only. This data is available through a user id and password that is valid for that member as long as the member remains in good standing with GRHS.

Bessarabian Newsletter

The Newsletters were discontinued. Newsletter Index

RIG Chapter Annual Meeting

An annual meeting of the Bessarabian RIG will be held, either at the GRHS annual convention or online.

Annual Reporting

An annual report will be presented to the Bessarabian RIG members present at the annual meeting.  

Board of Directors RIG Chapter Representation

The GRHS bylaws provide for each chapter (which includes RIGs) to be represented on the Board of Directors. This chapter representative will be elected at each annual meeting. If there is a temporary assignment between Annual Meetings, the RIG Spokesperson can make such an assignment with confirmation provided by the members at the next annual meeting.