German Saskatchewan Genealogy Roots

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Roots on immigration or passport papers may designate "German" if the pioneer sailed from Hamburg, Germany. Also German speaking immigrants may be designated as Russian if this was the nation which issued the exit passport. There were German speaking immigrants from Poland, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Germany. Another consideration in tracing ancestral roots is country border changes as well as spelling changes of various languages for example... Bukowina or Buchenland is German, Bukowina is Polish, Bucovina is Romanian, and Bukovyna is Ukrainian.
Germans from Russia were mainly Mennonites of Dutch and German origin who had migrated to Russia before coming to Saskatchewan c1900. First Catherine the Great and Czat Peter III offered an invitation to foreign settlers of free land, freedom to practice religion, local self-government and exemption from compulsory military service. Then again in 1804, Czar Alexander I of Russia and Imperial Government of Germany offered free homesteads and money, cultural freedoms, military exemption and tax exemption for a number of years. At the time of the Napoleonic Wars 1804-1810 these promises looed appealing, and a huge wave of Germans to Russia occured. Under Czar Alexander II, in 1871 priveleges were revoked, policies were changed and these concessions were withdrawn. Russian language was to be taught in schools, local autonomy was lost and no exemptions from military service.
The Homestead Act of 1862 invited these settlers proud of their heritage to the U.S.A... homesteads in the Dakotas. Again free one quarter sections, free one quarter section pre emptions, and frere one quarter section wood lots. These homesteaders had bad implements and poor success breaking the land in the Dakotas.
The Dominion Land Act of 1872 now attracted settlers to Canada. "...One hundred and sixty acres of land was offered... to each settler who paid a filing fee of $10.00 and who resided on the land for three years. The settler, during that time, was required to build a domicile and to break at least fifteen acres of his land." 1, again these Germans from Russia migrated, many settling near Allan, (Curzon, District of Assiniboia, NWT), Rosthern (Rosthern, District of Saskatchewan, NWT), Dundurn, Neudorf, Saskatchewan. German Catholic or Russland Deutsche who had fled to Romania and Russian Ruled Ukraine then emigrating to the U.S.A. and then to Canada.
The Russian Revolution of 1905 There have been German settlements near Rouleau, Wilcox, and Avonlee. The drought of 1880 did encourage the earliest settlersto have stock as well as an agricultural livelihood. The shortage of water at Neudorf causes yet another migration for those settlers, some going to nearby colonies to the North and West or South to Grenfell. Some Neudorf settlers travel to Manitoba and others to Texas, some returning.



Another migration of about 1,000 Sudetan Germans took place when Hitler tookover their home land in 1939. They were granted refuge in the Lloydminster Gen Web Area, north west Saskatchewan. The refugees boarded either the Samaria or the S.S. Montcalm from the Sudeten Mountains in North Bohemia of Czechoslovakia settling in St. Walburg, Brightsand, Goodsoil, Waterhen, Loon River, Makwa, Barthel, Flat Valley and Loon Lake . In 1940 many left to help in the industrial war factories in Quebec and Ontario. A group of people from Wurtemburg, the Palatinate and south west Bavaria spoke a dialect known as "Schwabish", and were known as Swabian settlers. These German settlers did not speak the "Reich"dialect. Sometimes they were registered as Austrian as they may have migrated to Galicia of the Austro-Hungaian empire or Bessarabis, Volhynia or Volga regions of Russia before immigrating to Canada. The main Swabian settlements Of Saskatchewan were Lemberg, Landestreu and Beresina - all of the Yorkton Gen Web region.

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Saskatchewan German Settlement Place Names
end of the 1800's early 1900's

1. Swift Current Gen Web Region
Eastend
Gull Lake
Illebrun
Maple Creek
Scotsguard
Shaunavon
Simmie
St. Mary's Colonies
Tompkins
2. Moose Jaw Gen Web Region
Billimun Colony
Minton
St. Elizabeth Colony
3. Weyburn Gen Web Region
Arcola
Broadview
Lampman
Landau
Marienthal
Maryland
Odessa
Steelman
Wapella
Windthorst
Yellow Grass
4. Kindersley Gen Web Region
Burstall
Cornfield
Eatonia
Glidden
Krassna Rastadt
Leader
Liebenthal Parish (Migration from Germany to Kansas, USA to Liebenthal)
Mendham
Prelate Parish
Prussia
Richmound
5. Regina Gen Web Region
Holdfast
New Elsass German Colony
Regina
Wolfsheim
6. Yorkton Gen Web Region
Cupar
Duff
Ebenezeer (Was named Anoka)
Edenwold
Fenwood
Fort Qu'Appelle
Grayson
Grenfell
Hohenlohe (Later named Langenburg)
Kelliher
Killaly
Lemberg
Long Laketon
Mariahilf
Melville
Neudorf
New Tulcea
Nieven
Oakshela
Runnymede
Togo
Volga
7. Battleford Gen Web Region
Denzil
Handel
Josephtal
Katherinental
Kerrobert
Leipzig (Eventually this town called Arperes)
Macklin
North Battleford
Rasdatdorf
Revenue
Salvador
Speyerdorf
St. Joseph's Balgonie German Catholic Colony
St. Paul's Colony
Zichydorf
8. Saskatoon Gen Web Region
Allan
Annaheim
Arma
Blumenthal
Bruno
Carmel
Cudworth
Dafoe
Dana
Dead Moose Lake
Englefield
Fulda
Humboldt (Migration from Germany to Minnesota, USA to Humboldt. Originally named Kermaria.)
Jansen
Lake Lenore
Lockwood
Marysburg (originally named Dead Moose Lake)
Muenster
Naicam
Pilger
Spalding
St. Aloysius
St. Benedict
St. Gregor
St. Peter's German Catholic Colony
Watson
10. Lloydminster Gen Web Region
Goodsoil
Loon River
St. Walburg
Sudetan
The Sask Gen Web Regions mentioned in the above table of Saskatchewan place names are the regional sources for posting boards, look up volunteers, and etc. in regards to the above towns.


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