Welcome to the Volmer Village Genealogy Website
(Kopenka as said in Russian, and Фольмер or Копенка written in Russian)
Folmar, Folma, Folmer, Kopenka, Kopjonka, Kozenka, Lugowoi, Lugowoj, Lugovoye, Volmar, Volmer, Vollmar, Vollmer, Vollmer, Lugowoj
Volmer or Vollmer was a village that was colonized by mostly Catholic Germans and other Europeans looking to improve their circumstances and the opportunity to practice their culture, language, and religion freely. Why did the Germans move to Russia?
The Volmer Village was found on July 18, 1766 and on that day 47 families started their new lives. You can find a list of these families and where they came from on the Original Settlers Page. Volmer was located 50° 44' 0.18" N 45° 26' 25.08" E on the west side of the Volga river in the province of Saratov. In November 1764 this region was opened for colonization. To read more about the history of Volmer go to the History Page.
I have been working on accumulating Volmer family trees for well over 15 years. Over these years I have been able to create a vast database. I am willing to answer any questions or do lookups in my database and records for anyone. I also have comparable knowledge of a nearby village called Schuck (Gryaznovatka) (Шукк) since the two villages were located so close and many marriages have connected the two colonies over the time that they both existed.
The database that I have been able to build has helped hundreds of families realize their connections to their ancestors.
Right from the start my philosophy has been that if I share my information for free that others will share theirs with me, and together we can complete all of our family trees. With so many researchers (such as your self) sharing your family tree information with me I have been able to “un-orphan” so many family branches. This database continues to grow with your family tree additions and your money contributions dedicated to the recovery of the Census and Church Records.
I have been able to make family pages for almost all of the Volmer & Schuck village families, as well as other families that either moved to Volmer after 1766 or have connections to Volmer by marriage. I have made an index of all these names on the Surnames Page. If you have any information or pictures that I can add these pages or my database please contact me.
With money donated by interested researchers I have been able to purchase the 1834, 1850 and 1857 Volmer Census Documents. I translated and compiled each document at no cost to those who contributed, or to those who inquire. Each of the census documents are available by request. Census Documents Page.
1801—1811 Volmer Marriage Records are completed
Available by request
Go to the Church Records Page to see which documents are being ordered. If you are interested in contributing to the purchase of any Church Records please contact me.
1872 Birth/Marriage/Death records for Volmer and Schuck are ready. The archives have completed the order, but will not send me the files until the receive the rest of the money.
I have already paid them the $1000 deposit plus the donations that I had received so far. The outstanding amounts is $1493. So I am calling on all those that I have researched for and those that I am willing to research for. Please contact me if you would be willing to contribute. Remember this is for Volmer and Schuck Village families.
Please go to the Church Records Page and see the status of the ongoing Church Record Orders.
Please share your Volga Village Church Records! I in return will share my Church Records with you.
There are other helpful web pages in this site:
Village Movement Page lists villagers that left and came to Volmer.
Passenger List Page is a list always growing in size as I find new information.
Resources Page has a list of books and documents that I have found helpful.
Related Links page is a list of websites that I have found helpful.
I have created a page with some advice for those of you who are researching your Volga ancestors. This page is called Researching Your Own Volmer Family.
Volmer - Kopenka