Bald / Wald*

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Discussion & Documentation: 

Widower Franz Bahlt [sic], a craftsman (Handwerker), settled in the Volga German colony of Göbel on 1 June 1767. He is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 71.

Franz Bald [sic] (age 28), presumed to be the son of Franz Bahlt [sic], is recorded on the 1798 census of Göbel in Household No. Gb22 as the adopted son of

Franz Wald [sic] from Göbel is recorded on the 1811 census of Hölzel in Household No. 35 along with a note that he had arrived in Hölzel from Göbel in 1803.

The 1767 census records that Franz Bahlt came from the Hungarian village of Preßburg.

There are no known surviving male lines of this family among the Volga German colonies.


- 1811 Hölzel Census (Household No. 35).
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga: Economy, Population, and Agriculture (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Gb22.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 57.

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Brent Mai

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies