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Local heritage book of Riebensdorf am Don

Research on this Family Book

Coordinator: Irina Boger
Technical Support: Gerhard Lang

To contact us, please use the link on the right side.

Riebensdorf from: Heimatbuch 1958 with permission of Landsmannschaft der Deutschen aus Russland e.V.

This “Family Book” provides information on the German colonial settlements of 1766 to today – including descendants throughout the world. (A “Family Book” is a German genealogical summary issued by local civil registries.  It captures data on births, marriages, and deaths as well as the births of children.)

From 1759 to 1763, Ober-Germans (an area in Germany) from Wurttemberg and other communities traveled to Denmark in order to settle there as colonists.  Later, from 1764-1765, some families left their Danish colonies for Russia.

They traveled to Russia because Katherine the Great (the Prussian Czarina of Russia) invited Germans to Russia via a 1763 Manifesto.  She chose sixty families to make the trip in order to colonize and farm the area around Ostrogoshsk.

These colonists arrived in Ostrogoshsk in February 1766, but did not appear to be expected by the local authorities.  Instead, after a subsequent directive on February 15th by Czarina Catherine,  it became apparent that a Colonel Stepan Ivanovich Tewjaschow was expected to take responsibility for overseeing the families‘ settlement.  They were thus sent out on to the land of the Colonel where they set up their tents along the Sonsa River.  It is here that the village of Riebensdorf first took shape, named after the rich fish in the area, “Rybnoje” meaning fish in Russian. Over time, various crops were cultivated.  Beginning with grains and potatoes, later crops such as cucumbers, sunflowers, tobacco, watermelon, and sugar beets were also grown. The growing of sunflowers led to an oil mill and raising silk worms was also tried.   

The first administrative audit (census) in 1768 shows seventy-one families, some of which had previously worked in Denmark.  German customs were followed as much as possible.  Because of this, Family Books were made for all families.    

The inhabitants stayed in Riebensdorf until 1853.  After a devastating fire in 1850, it was not possible to reconstruct enough housing, and so they migrated to the area near to Jeisk where they established new towns (or daughter-colonies).  The Family Books follow the families to these new towns.

The following new towns were established in the  following years:
1853  Michaelsthal
1866-67 Olgenfeld, Ruhethal, Marienthal
1878 Peter Paul, Neuhoffnung, Dreilingchutor
1879 Eigenheim
1888 Balabanowka
Additional colonies were established in the 20th century

In the list, the names of towns in German are used. If no town name was given, then an entry from the church book where the information was found is used, such as Wiesenberg.

These are all the families of Riebendorf and the names of their descendants.

Genealogy characters:
   Name Display   Meaning
1. Name * 1920    born
2. Name ~ 1920    baptized
3. Name † 1920    died in 1920
4. Name ± 1920    interred
5. Name * na.1920 after 1920
6. Name * um.1920 calculated or estimated
7. Name * vo.1920 before 1920

Sources used:

Prior to 1760 - OFB Sulzfeld (some families)
1761 and 1763 - Provincial Archives of Schleswig-Holstein
from 1768 excerpts from the Residents Lists and the Historical Archives in St. Petersburg
from 1835 excerpts from the Residents Lists and the Archive in Voronezh
from 1880 extracts from the Parish Register in Yeisk and from the Archive in Rostov
to 1766 information from the Archive in Kiev
from 1853 to 1901 extracts from church records about confirmations from the archive in Yeisk
from 1901 excerpts from church records from the archive in Yeisk

Dear descendants of the Riebensdorfer! You can't forget the memory of your ancestors. And so we call on everyone to cooperate actively and thank them in advance for their help in restoring our roots!

And we are especially grateful for the donations that have enabled us to collect information in various archives.

Translated by Heather Deutsch


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For further information concerning these data and, if you have additions, corrections or questions, please contact:
Gerhard Lang