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I am researching the Ferderer family from southwestern Germany by way of the Beresan region of Russia. Joseph Förderer first appears in the passport listing of German families emigrating to Russia in 1809. They settled in Karlsruhe, Beresan, Ukraine, Russa in 1809. They were a determined people. It’s a complex history, sprawling across two centuries and several continents. It included enough wars, famines and drama for any number of novels and movies. It forged a variety of 19th century Germanic peoples into one distinctive ethnic group, with its own language, culture and world view.
Yet the sweep of history is impersonal. Most of us, at one time or another struggle to locate ourselves or our ancestors in the broad context of geography and the ages. Many of our ancestors crossed great expanses of land on foot or crossed oceans by steamship a century or more ago. As we look at the details of their journeys and where they lived, it grows hard not to imagine those people as real people, as young and old, as our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents - full of hope.

I am trying to document the story, as best as I can see it, of the ancestors of the Ferderer namesake. (The spelling may vary from Ferderer to Förderer to Foerderer depending on the source and time and place in history.) And what a story it is. From Germany in the early 1800’s to Russia and from Russia in the early 1900’s to America, the land of hope. Through government oppression and changes of names to hope wherever they traveled. Initially these people are wanted because of their industriousness and ultimately persecuted because of their success. All they wanted were the basic freedoms of life and to make an honest living. Throughout it all they maintained their spirit and their hope.

The Ferderer (Förderer, Foerderer) Family Home Page
Updated June 6, 2007


Robert Lee Ferderer
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Madison, WI 53717
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    The tree contains the genealogy records for the Ferderer (Foerderer / Förderer) and the Nelson namesakes. The Ferderer's are Germans from Russia who settled in Mandan, ND and the Nelson's originated somewhere in Norway immigrated to Dawson, MN area and then moved to Coleharbour, ND.
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