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Galka, a Lutheran village, aka Meierhoefer and Ust-Kulalina, the first German settlement on the Volga, was founded 12 August 1764 by the Russian government. Its official population was 219 (in 1769), 240 (1773), 385 (1798), 3,548 (1912) and 2,016 (1926) {Mai, vol.I, p.16).

For the exact location of Galka, click on the Saratov Area Map. [however it is not yet loaded]

According to Popov reporting in the 1798 census: "This colony is near the Voloshka Brook ... 150 Versta [a verst is slightly more than a km.] from the city of Saratov, 40 from Kamyshin, and from the neighboring colonies: Dobrinka 8, [Holstein?] 10, Schwab 5, and 8 from the Volga dock.... All colonists are Lutheran and there is a pastor and a church. The schoolmaster, under the supervision of the pastor, teaches children reading, writing, and religion in the school building (p.95)."

"According to the colonists, 2,000 desyatina [1=2.7 acres] of their land has been forcefully taken by the colonists of Dobrinka... [only] 1,000 desyatina remains suitable for farming.... Each year, a substantial part of the sown grain ... is eaten by gophers.... It has been recommended that the colonists ... plant trees.... Most of the colony's land shortages are in hay fields and forest. The farmland will be sufficient if the land possessed by ... Dobrinka is returned.... The colonists do not have other deficiencies, except for hemp and flax that do not grow in the local soil. The colonists practice only farming. For craftsmen, there are a blacksmith, a cobbler, and a tailor in the colony. They are diligent toward their work (pp.95-96)."

"The colonists live in satisfactory conditions. The buildings here are mostly ramshackle and repaired old ones. The houses are mostly enclosed with fences from the street side and with wattle fences from the inside.... there are only four stone houses and no wattle and daub houses ... There are no orchards or apiaries. The colonists have melon, watermelon, and gourd plantations in the fields and vegetable gardens near their houses. A water mill is located on the Kulalinka Brook four versta from the colony (p.96)."

The land is divided into three fields, is cultivated using plows, and is not fertilized. The grain harvest is mediocre for all crops which when harvested are threshed on threshing floors that were built near the colonists' farmyards. It is recommended that they establish threshing floors in remote and fire-secure places ... they cannot build barns like the Russian peasants because of a shortage of wood.... They sell their grain and other products in Kamyshin and to people coming to the colony from various places.... The public granary is ramshackle and built in an inconvenient place. It is therefore directed that the colonists build it in a convenient and secure place... [They store] rye, wheat, and oats ... (Mai, vol.I, pp.96-97)."

My Galka Ancestral Families


288. Hanss Georg Dalinger (bef.1679-??)

144 and 145. Johann Georg Dahlinger (31 Oct. 1699-4 Feb 1762) and Maria Catharina (Wackenhut) 25 Apr. 1714-??. According to records received from the Landeskirche Archiv, Karlsruhe on 17 June 2003, both were born in Langenalp, Baden-Durlach Margraviate. This marriage, Johann Georg's 2nd, took place in Langenalp on 28 Jan. 1735. They had at least 4 children, including Christian. According to the Galka FSL #39, the widow Maria 50 arrived in Galka on 12 April 1766 with her 3 youngest children in tow, ages 6.5 to 12.

72 and 73. Christian (1744-aft.1798) and Louisa Katharina (REICH) (1754-??). About 1764 Christian m1. Elisabeth in Langenalp. About 1765 they were in Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Kingdom of Denmark, where and when their one child was born. They were soon back in Langenalp. According to the Galka FSL #39, Dalinger, Christian, 23, luth., former from Langenalb, Baden-Durlach, wife Elisabeth 20 and son Johann [Jacob] 2, arrived in Galka on the same day as did Christian's widowed mother and siblings, and lived next door to her. Wife Elisabeth soon died. Before 1769, Christian married again. The Galka 1798 census #78 (Mai, vol.I, p.430) listed: DAHLINGER, Christian 53, wife Louisa Katharina (REICH) 50, and offspring: Susanna 19, Maria Agnesa 17, Johann Gottfried 15, as well as Anna Margaretha 26 and her husband and daughter: RIFFEL, Christian 30 from Shcherbakovka, and Louisa Katharina 3.

36. Johann Gottfried (1783-1840)

18. Johann Adam (1813-1855)

9. Maria Katharina (1850-1922). According to the Dahlinger Family Chart ( DFC), Maria's family of origin moved to Rosenberg in 1852 when she was just two. According to the DFC her ancestors all lived in Galka after coming from Langenalb, Baden-Durlach [Landgraviaate].


77. Katharina Dorothea (1773-1833) m. Nikolaus BLAEHM. The 1798 Shcherbakovka census #8 has: Nikolaus Blähm 35, wife Katharina Dorothea Keil 24, sons: Georg David 9 and Johann Friedrich 1 -- however, instead of Keil she is indexed in volume II of Pleve as Heil! I do not see any likely connections for this woman to any Heil. Although this couple lived in Shcherbakovka, my guess is that Katharina's origins were here in Galka. If you know of her origins, please e-mail me at Thanks. In the 1798 Galka census there were several members of the KEIL family (Mai, vol.I, p.429): household #3: Johann Georg 46 from Schwab, wife Maria Rosina (WEBER) 31 from Dobrinka, and their children: Katharina Henrietta 9, Regina Margaretha 8, Maria Magdalena 6, and Alexandra Elisabeth 1; as well as his children by his first wife: Johann David 17 and Maria Sophia 13; as well as his deceased wife's son by her 1st husband Nikolaus, Johann Jakob SCHMIDT. In addition in household #10 (p.430), there was Maria Agnesa (KEIL) FRANK 19, and in household #28 there was Elisabeth (KEIL) JUST 24. My guess is that here we have Katharina's father and evidence of her mother, her father's deceased wife. If so my ancestral tree is extended by:

154. Johann Georg (1752-aft.1798)


290. Johann (bef. 1728-abt 1768) Kuhlberg Lists #2618, p.180, has: REICH Johann, Luth., farmer from Darmstadt, widower, children: Johann 18, Louisa 20, Susanna 13

145. Louisa Katharina (1748-??) m. abt. 1769 Christian DALINGER (she is his second wife; his first wife was Elizabeth b. 1748, d.abt 1768). Kuhlberg Lists #2618, p.180, has: REICH Johann, Luth., farmer from Darmstadt,widower, children: Johann 18, Louisa 20, Susanna 13. The Schwab FSL #44 has: REICH, Heinrich 17, luth, single farmer from Daurgen?, Darmstadt, his sisters: Luise 21 and Susanna 11; all went to Galka in 1768. The Galka 1798 census #43 has: Johann Heinrich REICH 47 from Schwab, along with his wife and five children; and #7 has Christian DAHLINGER 53 his wife Louisa Katharina REICH 50, plus 4 children, 1 son-in-law and 1 grandaughter, and #44 has Johann Philipp GEMSEMER 40 and wife Susanna (REICH) 44 the widow of Martin KLOSS.


155. Unknown (aft.1752-bef.1789) m. Johann Georg KEIL. If you know anything else about this woman, please e-mail me at Thanks.

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