Ernestinendorf

Names: 
Bäckerdorf
Beckerdorf
Beckersdorf
Berezovka
Berezovoye
Ernestinendorf
Березовка
Эрнестинендорф
Беккердорф
Березовое
Daughter Colonies: 
History: 

Ernestinendorf was founded on 3 August 1767 by colonists who had been recruited by Baron Caneau de Beauregard. It was located along the banks of the Malii Karaman River (Little Karaman River).

Today, what remains of Ernestinendorf is known as Berezovka.

Church: 

The original colonists of Ernestinendorf were Lutheran.

There was a Bethaus (combination church/school building) located in Ernestinendorf in the early years. In 1801, a wooden church building was constructed. In 1851, the congregation in Ernestinendorf bought the church in Katharinenstadt (that had been built in 1807), dismantled it, brought it to Ernestinendorf, and rebuilt it on a stone foundation.

The church in Ernestinendorf was officially closed in 1931. The Presidium of the Central Executive Committee of the Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic of the Volga Germans planned to use the building as a community center, but in that same year it burned down.

Pastors & Priests: 

From the founding of the colony until 1905, the congregation in Ernestinendorf was served by the pastors from the Northern Parish in Katharinenstadt. Beginning in 1905, it was served by the pastors who resided in Boisroux.

Population: 
Year
Households
Population
Total
Male
Female
1767
46
142
73
69
1769
41
141
72
69
1773
20
89
47
42
1788
15
95
43
52
1798
32
107
32
55
1816
33
229
117
112
1834
51
391
207
184
1850
66
577
291
286
1857
65
730
356
374
1859
69
1,079
530
549
1888
139
1,243
590
653
1897
 
1,425
734
691
1904
 
1,676
 
 
1910
190
1,811
948
863
1912
 
1,869
 
 
1920
201*
1,540
 
 
1922
 
877
 
 
1923
 
818
 
 
1926
195
1,061
509
552
1931
 
1,207
 
 

*Of which 192 households were German.

Sources: 

- Diesendorf, V.F. Die Deutschen Russlands : Siedlungen und Siedlungsgebiete : Lexicon. Moscow, 2006.
- Orlov, Gregorii. Report of Conditions of Settlements on the Volga to Catherine II, 14 February 1769.
- Pallas, P.S. Reise durch verschiedene Provinzen des Russischen Reichs. Theil 3,2, Reise aus Sibirien zurueck an die Wolga im 1773sten Jahr (St. Petersburg: Kaiserl. Academie der Wissenschaften, 1776): 614.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 395-406.
- Preliminary Results of the Soviet Census of 1926 on the Volga German Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (Pokrovsk, 1927): 28-83.
- "Settlements in the 1897 Census." Journal of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (Winter, 1990): 18.

Map showing Ernestinendorf (1935).

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