Jeruslan Nachrichten
Lower Jeruslan River Colonies Research Project


Welcome to Jeruslan Nachrichten
This is the data research project for descendants of the Wiesensite daughter villages along the southern Jeruslan River in Russia. These villages once comprised the Gnadenthau Evangelical Lutheran Church Parish: Wiesenmüller, Gnadenthau, Friedenberg, Blumenfeldt, Morgentau, Kana, Strassburg, Frankreich, Weimar and Neu-Galka.

The information found on this site represents research data collected by Betty Ashley and Sue Kottwitz.  Our data from Russia includes information our project purchased from RAGAS and Dr. Igor Pleve, as well as research purchased by individuals and given to us.

Please follow the links to check for data on your village(s) and surname(s). You should use the "edit - find on this page" function on your browser for a quick check of each page of this website. Be sure to check all variations of spelling you can think of - remember many of these records have been translated from handwritten Russian and German.

Please note that photographs have been added for some of the villages. (Please go to your villages of interest and look for links.) .

If you find that you have corrections or additions to any data found here, please contact Sue Kottwitz.



Individual Village Data


Data Common to All Our  Villages









Featured Articles:


  The Yeruslan (Jeruslan) River is in the Saratov Oblast and Volgograd Oblast in Russia.  It is a left tributary of the Volga River. 

It is 278 km long, origins at the southwestern slope of the Obshchy Syrt and flows to the Yeruslan Cove of the Volgograd Reservoir.  The Yeruslan has the left inflow of the Solyonaya Kuba River.  The former left tributary Torgun River currently flows to the Yeruslan Cove.  The town of Krasny Kut is located alongside the Yeruslan River.

At summer the Yeruslan dries up and in some places has salty water.                                                                   from Wikipedia


Chasing a phantom through a maze... 

Genealogy becomes a mania, an obsessive struggle to penetrate the past and snatch meaning from an infinity of names.  At some point the search becomes futile... there is nothing left to find, no meaning to be dredged out of old receipts, newspaper articles, letters, accounts of events that seemed so important fifty or seventy years ago.  All that remains is the insane urge to keep looking, insane because the searcher has no idea what he seeks.  What will it be?  A photograph?  A will?  A fragment of a letter?  The only way to find out is to look at everything, because it is often when the searcher has gone far beyond the border of futility that he find the object he never knew he was looking for.  ~Henry Wiencek