My maternal line (Strefling and Seip) are Wolgadeutsche. My paternal line consists of ethnic Germans and eastern Europeans who are "close cousins" of the Wolgadeutsche.

Strefling & Ratz

My 2nd Great Grandfather Karl Strefling, was born in 1844, near Zhitomir, Volhynia, Zhytomyrs'ka, Ukraine. Karl married Rosalie Giesbrecht who died of cancer in 1888, in the old country, near Zhitomir, Volhynia, Zhytomyrs'ka, Ukraine.

My American born Great Grandfather Michael Strefling married, Paulina Ratz, who was born in 1887, near Zhitomir, Volhynia, Zhytomyrs'ka, Ukraine.

Seip & Stöhr

My Great Grandfather Heinrich Seip, was born in 1884, Stepnoye, Saratov, Russia. His wife and my Great Grandmother is Katharina Stöhr, born 1885, near Zaumorye, Bangert, Saratov, Russia. Katharina is also my Great-Aunt via 2nd marriage to a Strefling.

Nathan Smith-Manley (nathan@americanwolgadeutsche.com)