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Emilia Brester (1910 - bef. 2010)

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Emilia Brester
Born in Grimm, Saratov, Russiamap
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Sister of , , , , , , , [private sister (1920s - unknown)] and [private brother (1920s - unknown)]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died before in Russiamap
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Volga German
Emilia Brester is a Volga German.
Emilia Brester has German Roots.

Emilia Brester was born 12 December 1910 in Grimm, Russia, to parents Jakob Brester and Elisabeth Schäfer. She was their second daughter named Emilia; the first Emilia died as an infant.

Her parents were living in the same household in the 1897 Grimm census, although they were not yet married. Her father was a hired hand working for her mother's grandfather Christian Schäfer. The couple married between 1897 and 1901, and their first child was born in late 1902.

The 1897 Grimm census is the last census available or the Colony of Grimm. Therefore, any information about descendants comes from descendant records. Surviving villagers were forced to move east in 1940, with little time to pack things like family records. Any belongings left behind were most likely destroyed. This means that the likelihood of finding paper records for anyone born between 1898 and 1960 is low.

A copy of the 1897 census entry with her parents' names is show below as it helps connect this child to aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents.

1897 Grimm Census [1]

Family # 247
Head of the Household Christian Schäfer, age 59
Wife Katharina Elisabeth Schäfer, age 59
Child #1 Philipp Jakob Schäfer, age 38
Wife of Child #1 Louisa Schäfer, age 36
Grandchild #1 Heinrich Schäfer, age 2
Grandchild #2 Katharina Elisabeth Schäfer, age 16
Grandchild #3 Amalia Schäfer, age 9
Grandchild #4 Emilia Schäfer, age 6
Child #2 Jakob Schäfer, age 30
Wife of Child #2 Elisabeth Schäfer, age 24
Grandchild #5 Amalia Schäfer, age 5
Child #3 Christian Schäfer, age 27
Wife of Child #3 Eva Schäfer, age 27
Child #4 Heinrich Schäfer, age 25
Wife of child #4 Charlotta Schäfer, age 21
Hired Hand #1 Friedrich Schäfer, age 20, single
Hired Hand #2 Johann Jakob Brester, age 19, single


  1. 1834 Census of Grimm in the District of Saratov, Russia, dated 2 February 1835; Translated by Brent Mai, Concordia University, Portland, Oregon; Published by Dynasty Publishing, Beaverton, OR, USA; Published 2011; page 213, family #247, Christian Schäfer family.

See also:

  • Schmick, Henry, Grimm village coordinator, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1897 Grimm Census, copy of Brester details is in the personal files of Julie Mangano, Round Rock, Texas.
  • Personal family records of Alexander Brester, a copy of which is in the personal files of Julie Mangano, Round Rock, Texas.

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