Astrakhan, Astrakhan Oblast, Russia

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Astrakhan, Astrakhan Oblast, Russia
Астрахань, Астраханская область

In 1588, following the capture of the territory by Ivan the Terrible, a fortress (Kremlin) was constructed by the Russians at this location. Astrakhan is located at the upper delta where the Volga River empties into the Caspian Sea. Many Volga German families relocated to Astrakhan over the years.

Several pastors and priests who served Volga German congregations also served congregations in Astrakhan.

Volga German Families: 

The following Volga German families relocated to Astrakhan:

Bickart from Galka (in 1794 & 1797)
Hellbach from Galka (in 1797)
Zieg from Balzer

Volga Colonies: 

Pre-Volga Origin

Etching of Astrakhan from the 17th Century.
Source: Rambaud's Russia - 1898 (v. 2, opposite p. 168).

Volga Colonies

Latitude: 50.286389
Longitude: 9.067500
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Longitude: 12.568333
Latitude: 50.218889
Longitude: 9.041667