Gecker / Geier / Gaif

Spelling Variations: 
Geier (Basel)
Гейеръ (Basel)
Settled in the Following Colonies: 
Discussion & Documentation: 

Karl Gecker [sic], a weaver (Weber), and his wife Sophia settled in the Volga German colony of Katharinenstadt on 27 August 1766. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 108.

Thomas Gecker [sic] from Katharinenstadt, believed to be the son of Karl Gecker, is recorded on the 1798 census of Basel in Household No. Bs24.

Thomas Geier [sic] and his family are recorded on the 1834 census of Basel in Household No. 40.

The widow and children of Thomas Gaif [sic] are recorded on the 1857 census of Basel in Househod No. 72.

The 1767 census records that Karl Gecker came from the German region of Anhalt-Dessau.


- 1834 Basel Census (Household No. 40).
- 1857 Basel Census (Household No. 72).
- 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): Bs24.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 299.

Contributor(s) to this page: 

Brent Mai

Volga Colonies