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WLM | generations much attention. Western Europeans were encouraged to migrate to Russia, with perks being political autonomy, religious freedom, land and exemption from military service. Germans in particular responded to the opportunity. Albert & Huldy Lena Stover, Al Stover, Henry & Christina Troudt grandparents, were married in 1891, both at the age of 21. They had six children: Adam, Lillie, Herman, Hulda Lena (or Huldy, born in 1901, my greatgrandmother), Fred and Eunice, and later moved to Superior, Nebraska. Huldy married Albert Stover, my great-grandfather, in the early 1920s, bearing three daughters then moving to Kearney, Nebraska, where my grandfather, Albert, was born in 1934. Going back and looking at previous generations to Henry and Christina, I see that my ancestors traveled to Norka, Russia in the second half of the 1700s from Baden-Wurttemberg, Bayern, Hessen and Oberhessen sections of Germany. These early generations were responding to the manifestos of Tsarina Catherine the Great of Russia – the first was issued December 4, 1762, and didn’t gain much response; the second, issued July 22, 1763, garnered Tsar Alexander II revoked the privilege in the second half of the 19th century, and immigration from Russia to the United States began, my ancestors with them. “In 1872 a large wave of emigrating of Germans from Russia began. There was a growing sentiment of hostility towards foreigners, particularly Germans, and a policy of Russification was adopted to make the populations in the empire become more Russian,” says the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR). The immigrants migrated particularly to Midwest America, as the topography and agricultural opportunities greatly resembled what they had left behind in Russia. Established in Colorado in 1968, the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR) was established “…to discover, collect, preserve and disseminate information related to the history, cultural heritage and genealogy of Germanic settlers in the Russian Top: Ilene, Velma and Arlene Stover; bottom: Albert, Hulda Lena, Al Stover www.wyolifestyle.com 43