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WHO AM I?

My name is Merv Weiss. I have been researching our family's genealogy since 2000. All four of my grandparents were Germans who lived in Russia, before immigrating to Canada.


Here I am on the Rhine River in June 2006, south of Koblenz, Germany,
close to where my Weiss and Schafer ancestors once lived.


Here I am on the streets of Niederlauterbach, Alsace, France,
the village where my Fetsch ancestors once lived.

  This is my dad, Remigius or Rem, Weiss as a young man, around 1942. Dad was born on the Weiss homestead north-east of Fox Valley, SK.
 

This is my mother, Rose or Rosie, Schafer as a young woman, in 1943. Mom was born in the Crimean village of Anakoj-Eli, about seven miles east of Simferopol.

Mom's Russian Birth Certificate

 

My Dad's parents, my paternal grandparents.

Konrad Weiss, born 1882, Selz, Odessa district.
Brigetta Fetsch, born 1888, Selz.

"May your strength give us strength,
May your faith give us faith,
May your hope give us hope,
May your love bring us love." --Bruce Springsteen

 

My Mom's parents, my maternal grandparents.

Philip Schafer, born 1887, South Russia, most likely Crimea.
Elizabeth Tichy, born 1892, in Taku-Eli, Crimea.

"The dream never dies, just the dreamer,
The dream never dies, if it's strong,
The song never dies, just the singer,
Come on everybody, sing along." --The Cooper Bros.

 

My Dad and Mom, on their wedding day in 1943. This photo was taken on the Weiss farm, where I grew up. It was December; the shadows were long and there was no snow. Dad and Mom were on the train at Maple Creek the next morning, bound for Victoria, BC., where Dad was stationed with the King's Own Rifles of Canada (KORC).

The WEISS and SCHAFER families were GERMANS FROM RUSSIA.