Village name lists
Bessarabia and Dobrudscha village data sheets (which include basic info about each village and research help)
Bessarabian village list (includes postal area, Kreis, parish, founding year)
German-Russian village list (very comprehensive list covering not only the Black Sea regions, but also Volga, Siberia, etc.)
Movement of colonists
Maps and Map Indexes
Village plat maps:
A plat map is a sketch of a village which shows (among several things) the streets, river/stream, wells, significant structures, cemetery, home lots with names of owners.
- Allen Konrad’s Korner has over 50 different village maps.
- Bortscheag Estate Map from Elvire Necker-Eberhardt’s Korner
- Sangerowka Village Map from Elli's Korner.
- Village plat mapsavailable online from Bessarabiendeutschen/Stuttgart
Village Map Indexes:
A village map index lists the names of the Heads-of-Households in a given village, what district it is in, and where the information can be located in a GRHS Library Microfilm.
- Bessarabia Village Index a list of 40 villages.
Map of Central Europe about 1910 (great detail and usually uses German village names)
- List of Maps on Microfilm T81-318 (compilation of Bessarabia & Dobrudscha maps)
- Stumpp Maps 16 & 17 Index "Map of the settlements in Danzig-West Prussia from which the Mennonites emigrated to Russia in the Years 1789-1807" and "place from where in the year 1814 emigrations to South - Russia, especially Bessarabia, took place"
Village Histories & Statistics
1819 Division of Bessarabian Villages into Two Parishes (archive document 6-1-1245)
1825 Request to Establish a Soap Factory in Tarutino (archive document 6-1-1830)
1848 Village Histories (includes all villages, not just Bessarabia villages)
- 1868 Neufall Contract for land from Elli's Korner
- 1923 article/history for Alt Posttal's 100th anniversary (from the German newspaper "Bessarabian" in Tarutino)
1933 history of Alexanderfeld (from "Der Staats Anzeiger")
WWII Village Reports (includes statistical and general information about the people and industries of each village)
- Village Timelines for Benkendorf, Demir-Chadschi, Hoffnungstal, Katzbach, Mannsburg, Neufall, Sangerowka, Teplitz, Wittenberg
Allen Konrad's Korner has info on several Bessarabian villages (including Arzis, Hoffnungsfeld, Katzbach, Maraslienfeld, Neu Posttal)
Some of the DAI films also have info about Bessarabia & Dobrudscha villages
- 1994 Return to Tarutino by Mark Suko, from the Dale Wahl Collection (4 MB pdf file)
Other Village Resources
- The Bessarabien Heimatmuseum (Stuttgart, Germany) has a number of Heimatbücher (or Orts Chroniken) for specific Bessarabian villages. Scroll the Literatur tab on that home-page.
- A few of these books are also available in the GRHS library. They are excellent sources of information about the history of the village, although most are in German. Also check with the Village Coordinator for your village as they may know of other useful books.
Some Heimatbücher have been indexed by family.
- The Kulm Community Homeland Book is online at Allen Konrad's Korner.
- Bessarabia Homeland of a German Minority Site in German with information about Bessarabia History & Geography, Photos, and other Germany-related articles.
- Village photo gallery (includes villages outside of Bessarabia)
- 2009 photos by John Flaig (includes Arzis, Beresina, Kolatschowka, Leipzig, Mintschuna, Neu Arzis, Odessa, Sarata, Tarutino, Wittenberg) No idea where the link for this one is
- 2007 photos of Katzbach, Bessarabia from Dwayne Janke's Korner
- 2001 Bessarabia Photo Gallery by Elli Wise, Elaine Morrison, & Carolyn Schott; Beresina photos from Frieda Gaff collection
- 1993 Herb Poppke Photo Gallery - Glückstal, Shitomer, Teplitz, Grossliebental
Links to Bessarabia village pages outside GRHS
Borodino by Judy Remmick-Hubert
Klöstitz by Ingrid Reule
Scholtoi by Olaf Hollinger (German version is more extensive than English version)
Sangerowka by Ralf Voss (German)