Baltic-German Team

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Surnames/tags: Baltic-Germans Deutschbalten Germany
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22:22: L. Jerry Hansen added a memory from L. Jerry Hansen about Baltic-German Team. [Thank L. Jerry for this]
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This is the team page for the Baltic-German Team, a group of Wikitreers devoted to developing Baltic-German profiles across the centuries.

Who are the Baltic-Germans?

The Baltic-Germans (Deutsch-Balten) are a German-speaking minority from the historic regions of Estland, Livland, and Kurland (collectively known in German as the Ostseeprovinzen), now part of modern-day Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. German-speakers were settled in the region from the twelfth century and amounted to almost 200,000 individuals at the population's peak in the late nineteenth century, but were overwhelmingly displaced during the upheavals of the twentieth century and now consist of a world-wide diaspora as well as a few thousand still residing in their historic homeland.

What is the Baltic-German Team's mission?

The mission of the team is very simple: to add and improve Baltic-German profiles on Wikitree and to do so collaboratively, pooling our knowledge and resources to create the best genealogical and biographical resource possible.

What are the team's current aims?

At present, the aims of the team are as follows:

  • Gather together interested researchers.
  • Continue developing profiles within the Baltic-German Nobility and Baltic-German Notables categories.
  • Expand and categorise coverage of non-noble Baltic Germans.
  • Develop tools and resources for researchers.

How can I help?

Contact the Team Leader (Kelsey Jackson Williams), join the project's trusted list, and chat with others to see what you can do to best help!

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My grandmother, Adeline Wilhelmina Kawell, immigrated to St. Louis in 1881 at the age of 11 mos. The ship manifest indicated she came from Peterhof. Would that put her in this group?
posted 14 Oct 2020 by L. Jerry Hansen   [thank L. Jerry]
I have added a team members section for you (or them) to add your team members names in a list. It's nice to see who the members are. Feel free to move it where you want it etc :) looking absolutely amazing by the way. Amazing job Kelsey.
posted 11 Jul 2019 by Kylie Haese   [thank Kylie]
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This page looks very nice, but I'm not sure if I can contribute anything to the group. My mother's ancestors lived in Lithuania Minor (East Prussia) and her DNA matches so far are all Lithuanian, Polish & Russian names, etc. Oh well, if I run across any information that I think would be helpful I will post it here. Good Luck, dusty

posted by Dusty Boren
Hi guys! Great page!

Just checking in to see how your work is getting on here? I would love to know how it is all going?

Also just because I am curious, is there many resources available for the Baltic-Germans?

Kylie ~Germany project leader

posted by Kylie Haese
Thanks, Kylie! We're progressing slowly but surely and have just added another member of the diaspora to our research team, Greville Seddon.

In terms of resources, we're incredibly lucky. Kirchenb├╝cher - what you might call 'parish registers' in English - survive in good numbers for the vast majority of parishes across the three Baltic provinces and together with the Russian revision lists (sort of, but not exactly, like censuses) it's usually possible to trace non-noble families back to the 17th or 18th centuries and noble families much earlier.

All the best, Kelsey