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Kathryn Taylor O'Malley Lower Volga Villages Family History Collection

Identifier: CVGS 13
The records contain family history information about individuals from the following Lower Volga German Villages and their daughter colonies:

Galka Parish villages:

  • Dobrinka (Nishnaya Dobrinka)
  • Dreispitz (Verkhnaya Dobrinka)
  • Galka (Ust-Kulalinka)
  • Holstein (Verkhnaya-Kulalinka)
  • Schwab (Buiyakov Buyerak)
  • Dates

    • 1970 - 2003


    Language of Materials

    Collection materials are in English, German, and Russian.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is available for research by appointment.

    Conditions Governing Use Note

    The Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University Archives is the owner of the materials in the Kathryn Taylor O'Malley Lower Volga Villages Family History Collection and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Archives before any reproduction use. Copyright resides with the creator of the documents or their heirs. The status of copyright is governed by the Copyright Law of the U. S. (Title 17, U.S.C.). In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.


    7.5 Linear Feet


    The collection contains family histories of the Ehrlich family and other descendants from the Lower Volga German villages.

    Biographical note

    Kathryn Taylor O'Malley was well-known for her work in the field of German-Russian family research. She was born in 1929 in Dodge City, Kansas, to Robert Roy Taylor and Johannah Leona Ehrlich. After graduating the University of Kansas, a career in business led to her appointment as Executive Director of the YWCA in San Bernardino, California. Appointed to the position of American Historical Society of Germans from Russia village coordinator for the Lower Volga Villages in 1990, by 1997 she was the driving force behind the Lower Volga Villages Project. As the project unfolded, she later supervised the work of the coordinators for each village. From her home in Mt. Ida, Arkansas, she edited the village newsletter, The Dreispitz Muehlberg/Shcherbakovka Sheet (it ceased publication after May, 2009). She compiled family histories for the Ehrlich family and published them in Christoph Ehrlich 1746-1798 & Anna Margaretha Braun 1752-1832 and Some of Their Descendants from Shcherbakovka, Russia, to Russell and Marion Counties, Kansas, and Shattuck, Oklahoma, and Lipscomb County, Texas, and Beyond. She also authored The Ehrlichs, Volga German Millers from Shcherbakovka, Russia, to Marion, Kansas, (Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas: Goslee Printing, 1997). O'Malley died on 8 July 2003 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.


    The collection is arranged in three series: Series 1: Correspondence; Series 2: Ehrlich families, Volga colonies, and topical files; Series 3: Family Genealogies.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The collection was given to the Center for Volga German Studies by Janet Laubhan Flickinger, village coordinator for Shcherbakovka.
    Guide to the Kathryn Taylor O'Malley Lower Volga Villages Family History Collection An inventory at the Center for Volga German Studies Archives
    Nolan R. Bremer
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    Repository Details

    Part of the Center for Volga German Studies At Concordia University Archives Repository

    Portland Oregon 97211-6099 USA