I had dreams for a better life, but when you live in abject poverty and know nothing else, it is difficult to realize the possibilities that exist.

The generations of German families here once had hope, but it had long since died and people simply focused on survival. Laughter made surviving more bearable. This was especially true for my grandparents who had spent their entire lives in this sad and lonely village. My sisters and I didn’t fully understand how terrible things were, for we were still young. My parents were somewhere in between, in the process of moving from hopeful to bitter. If we weren’t careful, my sisters and I would fall into the same trap. Despite the fact that I tried to be hopeful, I was also a realist and I never lost sight of who I really was, a poor German peasant growing up in a dreary village called Grimm located in a cruel area known as the Russian Steppes.

I have been an avid genealogist for many years. It started with my grandfather showing me a family Bible to help me with a family tree project for school. After that, there was no stopping me. I’ve branched out since then, and have spent the past 25 years conduction professional genealogy research for different clients.

While I’ve conducted research about people from around the world, I have a special interest in Volga Germans. These were Germans who immigrated to Russia in the mid-1700s, either directly from Germany or by immigrating first to Denmark and then a few years later to Russia. If you have Volga German heritage and are interested about learning more about those family members, I would love to help you search for your ancestors.

All prospective clients receive a free 30-minute consultation so we can discuss what you know about your ancestors and how I can help you learn more. We will discuss which ancestors you want to know more about and I will ask you to to provide me with as much information as you can about them. We can discuss your budget and work on a plan that will give you the most information for your investment. My services can be purchased via an hourly rate or in blocks of 10, 20, 30 or 40 hours with discounts of up to 20 percent.

I am a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia.

For more information, send me an email. I look forward to working with you.