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Photos for Identification - Success Stories

Here are the photos that have been successfully identified by online viewers submitting their observations and knowledge.

2009.006
Submitter:
Konstantin Kraevsky (konstantin.kraevsky at gmail.com)
Context:
Found in an album made by Aganetha Tjart (1884-1946), grandmother to Konstantin

Does anyone know who he is?

Posted 15 Aug 2009


Kraevsky - 06

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Comment from Ted Harder on 22 Sep 2011:

I was looking through your photo's to identify and thought I recognized this photo from some book.
Sure enough it is from: "ALS IHRE ZEIT ERFULT WAR" by Dr. Walter Quiring and Helen Bartel.
The same photo is on page162 of my copy, and identified as Abram Tjart, Muhlenbesitzer in Halbstadt.
Maybe the submitter will find other photo's of the family in this book.
Have sent a copy of both photos to compare.
Surely I was not the first one to spot this

Kraevsky - 06

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2008.011
Submitter:
Evangeline Harris (emarieharris at hotmail.com)

Posted 29 Aug 2008

Comment from Evangeline on 8 Apr 2009:
The man in this photo has been identified as Johann Heinrichs (1870-1949). He was born 17 March 1870 in the Chortitza Colony, South Russia, came to Canada with his parents in 1878. The family settled in Gruenthal, West Reserve. The lady with him is his first wife Anna Hiebert born 24 Feb 1873 in the Bergthal Colony, South Russia. She came to Canada with her parents in 1876, also settling in the village of Gruenthal on the West Reserve, Manitoba. Anna died 12 Jan 1894, leaving two very young daughters, Maria and Katharina. Johann Heinrichs remarried to Katharina Voth. The The child is most likely their first daughter Maria.

Thank you for posting the pictures, and thank you to the people who sent emails commenting on the pictures. There were some hints that helped solve the mystery.

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2007.016
Submitter: Evangeline Harris (emarieharris at hotmail.com)

Posted 17 Jun 2007

Comment from Evangeline on 8 Apr 2009:
The photo is of Katharina (Hiebert) Hiebert who lived south of Niverville on the East Reserve and her younger sister Anna (Hiebert) Heinrichs, the same lady as seen in 2008.011.

Thank you for posting the pictures, and thank you to the people who sent emails commenting on the pictures. There were some hints that helped solve the mystery. 


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2007.002
Submitter:
Sandra-Lynne Janzen (sljanzen at gmail.com

Posted 8 Jun 2007

Comment from Sandra-Lynne on 19 Aug 2009:
I finally identified this photo too. It's It's Agatha Sawatsky and husband Wilhelm Rempel ( b. 1802)  The child is unknown.  Can't believe I didn't realize this one ages ago.

New photos that relate to submissions 2008.013 & 2008.014 and their success for Sandi Massie.

Right: The two sisters (Liese and Agata) in Russia, late 1950s
Below Left: The Nachtigal family from Germany, mid 1960s
Below Right: Warkentin children and their spouses and mother in Russia

2008.014
Submitter:
Sandi Massie (ksmassie at shaw.ca)
Persons:
Jakob Hiebert family taken in Waldheim, Molotschna, Ukraine ca. 1910-1917. Jakob lived across the land owner street from Isaac Neufeld,  Jr.

Back row: Oldest daughter (Agata or Elizabeth); my grandfather (Jakob Hiebert d <1925 in a car accident); Johann Jakob Hiebert b 10 Sep 1901, Waldheim, Ukraine; youngest son (Abram Hiebert)

Front Row: Youngest daughter (either Agata or Elizabeth), Elizabeth nee Janzen Huebert, Jakob Jakob Hiebert.

Sandi wanted to know know which daughter was Agata and which was Elizabeth?

Posted 27 Dec 2008

Comment from Sandi on 21 Aug 2009:
[These] people [portrayed in 2008.013 & 2008.014] have been identified through newly discovered family photos and the umsiedler lists for backup. [She learned that] the oldest girl was Elizabeth (Liese) Hiebert b. 19 Aug 1896 in Waldheim, Molotschna, S. Russia. The youngest girl was Agatha birth date not yet known. Probably around 1906.

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2008.013
Submitter:
Sandi Massie (ksmassie at shaw.ca)
Persons:
Jakob Hiebert family, 1925 in Waldheim, Molotschna  just before my grandparents and uncles, the Johann Jakob Hiebert family, left for Canada.

Back row: Husband of the oldest daughter, youngest daughter, youngest son (Abram Hiebert), Johann Jakob Hiebert (b 10 Sep 1901 Waldheim, Molotschna)

Front Row:Oldest daughter, her three children, Elizabeth Hiebert (nee Janzen), Jakob Jakob Hiebert, grandson (Johann Johann Hiebert b 11 May 1923, Waldheim), Maria (nee Unger) Hiebert (b 18 Dec 1901, Waldheim, Molotschna), baby grandson (Heinrich Abraham Hiebert b 2 Sep 1924 Waldheim, Molotschna)

Does anyone know what became of the rest of the family?

Posted 27 Dec 2008

Comment from Sandi on 21 Aug 2009:
The oldest girl Liese married a Heinrich H. Huebert [G#76779, b 27 Mar 1883 Waldheim, Molotschna). They had three children: Margareta "Gredel" (b 24 Aug 1919n Waldheim), Liese (b abt 1921 Waldheim), Heinrich (sitting on his mother's lap, b abt 1924 Waldheim). Gredel married Peter Nachtigal (b 24 Jul 1914 Ebenfeld, Russia) whose maternal grandparents were apparently Penners. They had one son Viktor (b 22 Mar 1949 Caucasus region). The Nachitgals and Gredel's mother immigrated to Germany from Ivanovka, Siberia in 1974 to Pelkum/Hamm, Germany. The other two children followed shortly after. They were all living in Germany before the death of Liese on 7 May 1977 in Germany.

The youngest girl, Agatha, married a Warkentin (first name never written down). We have pictures of three boys: Hans, Jacob and Peter Warkentin and their wives and families. We are still looking for information on where they are. It looks like they remained in Russia longer than the older sister's family. We are still searching for them.


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2008.008
Submitter:
Wanda Funk (whfm at shaw.ca)
Persons:
No known details.
Comments: Photo now held by Abram & Agatha Harder's granddaughter.

Posted 30 Jun 2008

Comment from Wanda on 2 Aug 2009:

"...My submission #2008.008, posted 30 Jun 2008 has been identified as Heinrich Dyck b. Oct 29, 1894 d. Mar. 22, 1963. Heinrich married Susanna Harder b. Mar 22, 1892 d. Dec 7,1971. Susanna is a younger sister to my great uncle Abraham Harder b. 23 Nov 1876. "

Ed Dyck was the person who could identify the individual: "This is my grandfather, Heinrich (Henry) Dyck, at age 19. He married Susanna Harder, daughter of Isbrand Harder "

2008.007
Submitter:
Wanda Funk (whfm at shaw.ca)
Persons:
No known details.
Comments: Photo now held by Abram & Agatha Harder's granddaughter.

Posted 30 Jun 2008 / success posted 2 Aug 2009

Ed Dyck also indicates that this photo is likely "Henry Harder, brother to my grandmother, Susanna Harder." Wonderfully, he also supplied another photo for Wanda's collection.


2008.005
Submitter:
Wanda Funk (whfm at shaw.ca)
Persons:
No known details.
Comments: Photo now held by Abram & Agatha Harder's granddaughter.

Posted 30 Jun 2008

Comment from Myrna Belyea:

"...This picture ... is of my great-grandfather (Jacob M. Peters) and his second wife - I have a copy of the same picture.  Not sure at this point who she is but will look through my records.

His family came over on the Cimbria Ship (I have a picture and an illustration of the ship) and landed in New York on August 27, 1874 though I have so far only found some of his family on that ship - still trying to figure that one out.  He would have been 13 at the time.  The family settled in Parker, South Dakota along with about 13 other families from the same village who were on the ship...

Jacob was born on May 2, 1961 in Russia ....   [He] ... is #408992 in Grandma but some of the information is incorrect.  His family ended up in South Dakota where he met my great-grandmother, Maris Isaak.  They married on February 2, 1881 and emigrated to Canada in 1901.  When my brother asked grandma ... how they travelled - she said they walked.  They had wagons and ox and they walked.  6 children then and another 5 were born in Saskatchewan.  Their homestead was just east of a town that no longer exists - Mennon, Saskatchewan which is north of Dalmeny, Saskatchewan.  Maria died on August 17, 1921 at Hepburn, Sask. and Jacob remarried but at present I do not have a name for her - could be Anna (have no last name).  Jacob died on December 31, 1941 in Langham, Saskatchewan.

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2007.003
Submitter:
Sandra-Lynne Janzen (sljanzen at gmail.com)
Date:
ca. 1985
Place:
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Persons:

Question: Can anyone identify these people or other details?

Posted 8 Jun 2007

Comment from Glenn Penner:   I immediately recognized the photo. They are Jacob Rempel (GM#154329) and Katharina Penner (GM#183035). Several members of my extended family have copies of this photo. I suspect it was taken just before the family left Manitoba for Saskatchewan or shortly after arriving in Sask., and copies were given to various relatives including my great grandfather, who was a half-brother to Mrs. Rempel. (Posted 10 Jun 2007)

Comment from Al Rempel: While it is possible more than one photographer used same backdrop, which was used both in studio and in farmhomes, I believe this shot may be by the Gretna photographer JC Voigt.  Too bad bottom of photo is cutoff, but the flourish in writing there looks like Voigt's signature, which is engraved on a shot I have of my GGF Rempel, using this same backdrop in his kitchen of Amsterdam area farmhouse.  From Glenn's identification, this photograph can be dated to ca 1895, and it is believed that Voigt died in 1895.  If anyone knows anything more on JC Voigt, please contact me: alrempel at shaw.ca. (Posted 10 Jun 2007)

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