There are many different Bechthold Families in North America.
On this page I will attempt to bring some order to the various families,
as I know them. None of these trees are complete. In order to allay
privacy concerns the majority of living individuals are not listed here.
I have more much more information for serious researchers or any interested
Please click on any of the underlined links to see family
trees or more information.
My family begins with Michael born in the Belovesch Colony
of Russia, in the vicinity of the present day city of Kiev. He along with
part of his family emigrated to the US in
the 1870's settling first in the Dakota Territory, in the vicinity of Milltown,
SD. Michael's son Heinrich later moved most of his family to Lincoln
Valley, ND. Since then the majority of Heinrich's descendents
have moved to California, Nebraska, and Georgia. Michael's other son Christof
moved to Canada where the majority of his descendants remain. Michael's
There is another family of Bechthold's in the Central
Valley of California today. That family follows the same migration
pattern as Michael's family to North Dakota. The distinction of this
family is that they moved directly to the Lodi, California in the early
Heinrich, came from an area in the Crimea known as Temesch.
The next family of Bechthold's came from Donnhof in the
Volga Region of Russia. The head of this family begins with Johann
George born in 1741. At least two branches of this family are
in North America today. One family surname is spelled Bechtholdt
and the other Bechtholt.
There is a family of Bechthold's centered in the Ontario,
Canada area. Sharon Bechthold maintains a page that references these
Bechthold's. Go to Sharon's
Page. Sharon's ancestors
came directly from Germany.
Another group of Bechthold's live in Iowa.
They came from directly from Germany. I received this list from Sara Palmer.
She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Exciting new information: Thanks to Debbie I have
reason to believe that my ancestors who emigrated finally from the Crimea
in Russia were part of a migration pattern from Belowesch of the original
Belowesh colonies near Kiev, Russia to Belowesch of the Maripol Colonies
about 1831 and then in 1861 to the Crimea. If that pattern is confirmed
than I am most likely an a descent of W. or Konrad Bechthold who emigrated
to Russia in 1766 (per Dr. Stumpp's book) from Germany.
In an effort to expand the Bechthold surname back into
Russia I have been extracting birth, death,
and marriage records. I am currently extracting
Grunau Parrish records from the St. Petersburg Records. As a minimum
I am extracting all Bechthold , Seibel, and Reiswig names. So far
I have extracted the years 1833 through 1865, even though all those years
are not included in the attached files.
If your are aware of any Bechthold's that are not listed
or referenced on this page I would sure like to know about them.
If you are a Bechthold I would love to hear from you. You can always email
me at email@example.com
I can accept attachments at that address so if you have the information
in electronic form please feel free to attach it to an email.
Last updated: 5/3/2009
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