There are three Steinert families that immigrated to the Volga German colonies. The families came from the neighboring villages of Sulzfeld and Ochsenburg in Germany, immigrated together to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein), and settled in the neighboring Volga German colonies of Galka and Shcherbakovka in Russia. They are assumed to be related, although the exact relationship among the families is to be determined.
(1) Johannes Steinert was born 5 August 1726 in Sulzfeld. He married there on 27 November 1753 to Maria Katharina Bosecker from Ehrstädt.
They immigrated to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein) settling on the farmstead of Tordenschiolds Hof in the colony of Sophienwiese on 7 December 1761.
They petitioned to leave the Danish colonies on 24 April 1765 and immigrated ot Russia. They settled in the colony of Galka on 12 April 1766. They are recorded there along with 3 children (Johann, Sophia Barbara, & Julianna) on the 1767 Census in Household No. 26.
The 1767 census records that Johann[es] Steinert came from the German village of Kulzfeld [Sulzfeld].
(2) Christian Steinert, his wife Anna Margaretha, and children (Anna Margaretha Agnesa, age 14; Elisabeth Katharina, age 12; Maria Christina, age 7) immigrated to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein) arriving in the town of Schleswig on 24 July 1761.
They deserted the colony there on 27 April 1765, and joined the migration to Russia. They settled on 27 April 1766 in the Volga German colony of Shcherbakovka and recorded there on the 1767 Census in Household No. 2.
The 1767 census records that Christian Steinert came from the German village of Kulzfeld [Sulzfeld].
(3) Johann Georg Steiner[t], son of Johann Georg Steiner[t] & Anna Barbara Schmidt, was born 24 October 1715 in Ochsenburg. His father's family came originally from the village of Heutingsheim.
Johann Georg Junior married in Ochsenburg on 10 February 1739 to Helena Dorothea Schüz, daughter of Jacob Schüz. They had a number of children born in Ochsenburg including (1) Anna Margaretha Agnesa, born 13 March 1747; and (2) Johann Daniel, born 3 May 1749.
The Steinert family (including 4 children at that time) moved to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein) arriving in the town of Schleswig on 4 July 1761. They settled on the farmstead of Charlottenhof in the colony of Christians Thal.
On 24 April 1765, the family petitioned to leave the Danish colonies. They joined the migration to Russia and settled on 27 April 1766 in the Volga German colony of Shcherbakovka. They are recorded there on the 1767 Census in Household No. 40.
The 1767 census records that Georg Steinert came from the German village of Ochsenburg.
- Clausen, Otto. Chronik der Heide- und Moorkolonisation im Herzogtum Schleswig, 1760-1765 (Husum: Husum Druck- und Verlagsgesellschaft, 1981): 840, 853, 855.
- Eichhorn, Alexander, Jacob & Mary Eichhorn. The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766 (Deiningen, Germany: Drukerei und Verlag Steinmeier GmbH & Co. Kg, 2012): B-1640, B-1641, B-1643.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Sv02, Sv43, Sv47.
- Parish records of Heutingsheim (LDS Film No. 1056787).
- Parish records of Ochsenburg (LDS Film No. 1184762).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 26.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 245, 254.
Christian Steinert recorded on a marker in Schleswig commemorating the Volga Germans who had settled there before immigrating to Russia.
Source: Jorgelina Fischer.