Remmick-Hubert Web Site:  Remmick Family Genealogy  Information and photographs on Worms / Odessa, S. Russia [Vernoye, Ukraine]

Last Updated: 22 May 2014

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Worms / Odessa, S.Russia

[ Presently known as  Vinogradnoje, Odessa, Ukraine  and earlier as   Vernoye, Odessa, USSR.]


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General Information of Worms (MAP):

  • Worms is from Old German and means "dragon-like"
  • Named after Worms in Palatinate, Germany
  • Founded in 1810 by German colonists
    • Few colonists were known to have settled in the area by 1802
  • The entire place name would have been Worms in the county of Beresan, which was in the Odessa Region of the Province of Kherson, which was in southern [ofen noed as S.] Russia and presently in the Russian state known as the Ukraine.
  • Charted  in 1810 were 3,881 dessiatines of crown steppe land
  • 1823 and 1828 grasshoppers devoured the fields leaving very little hay and grass for the livestock which caused a great many to be lost in the winter of 1824.  Some colonists went to Poland for work in order to gain enough money to return and start again
  • 1830  Enough money was saved to build a stone church, which I assume was used by Lutherans, who were the majority, and the Revorms who were about 40 % and in the minority.
  • 1833 Hailstorms destoryed most of the crop and it caused more destruction in 1834
  • 1873 begain the first wave of colonists migrationing to the USA, Canada and probably S. America.
  • Charted in 1892 were 5058 dessiatines of 1255 sazhens of land to be owned by individual families which could be inherited
  • Town was not all farms, there wre also craftsmen, wainwrights, tailors, cobblers and barrel makers.  There was a steam-powered flour mill and three wind powered mills, pluse a number of cement factories which used the limestones from the quarries near Worms.  The main street had several general stores.
  • By 1914 there is listed 2,000 people and the family lots were 292.
  • The village is located along the Tsar River and was the old dry river bed, there, in places there are gullies and ravines; and, in the Zerigol Valley; 93 versts (61 milies) from the deep sea port city of Odessa, and 130- verst (86 miles) from Kherson, which was the administrative center of the Pronce of the same name, and, only  6 versts (4 milies)  from another German colony known as Rohrbach.
  • Upper layer of soil is black earth but the subsoil is clay
  • Mentioned in the Beresan Chronicles of 1848
  • By 1892 there were  22 wells, of which only 5 are sweet water,  and 7 ponds important to the agriculture and livestock of the village, as well as her residence
  • Houses
  • No bazaars or market days took place from 1809 to 1892
  • Village problems are handled by village officials
    • Mayer
    • Policeman with assistants as needed
    • one facility to hold a prisoner if required
  • Places of Religious Worship by 1892
  • Worms Cemetery
    • Cemetery - Picture shows Worms] / Odessa in modern times which was graciously  sent to me  from Dorothea P. Kerr of Seal Beach, CA
    • See Merv Rennich Photograph of Cemetary found on the following:  page 327
    • Page300: #15 and #16 Worms by JF: Cemetery
    • Page300.1: #17 Worms by JF: Broken Headstone found among others near the cemetery with the wrought iron white fense.
    • Page332 . 1999,  Grave as seen from a distance,   by Vernetta R. Bader,
  • Schools - 1892
    • Supported by local taxes
    • 1 Lutheran School
    • 1 Reform School
    • 1 School for the Deaf
  • Other known buildings other than residences by 1892
  • Roads - 1892
  • Railroad - 1892
    • Believed one was not far from village
    • Station at Vradievskayta
  • Archeological Interests
    • Three burial mounds on the steppe near Worms
  • Historical Interest
    • Only for German-Russian Descendants
  • Excellent References
    • Worms (Vernoye] Booklet published by AHSGR a translated purchased by Arthur E. Flegel and translated by Richard Rye
    • Joseph S. Height's two books Paradise on the Steppe and Homesteaders on the Steppe [pps. 88-89 has German colonist names] are excellent reference books
    • AHSGR and GRHS organizations are a must for researchers
    • Karl Stumpp's The Emigration from Germany to Russia in the Years 1763 to 1862 is filled with names, places, and dates.
  • View of land around Worms:
    • Page 302: #2 Worms by JF  &  #3 Worms  by JF - Looking north....
    • Page 304  #4 Worms by JF - Looking east
    • Page 305 #5 Worms by JF  - Looking  south...
  • More Later
  • For addional information go to Worms - 1848 Village History in GRHS or GRHC or AHSGR
  • Animal Husbandry of area:
    • Sheep  Picture by Penny Raile - 1996

Remmick Families Who Migrated To Worms In 1810

sign From village of Worms collection by JF: Road sign
LETTER about  Worms, now, being called Vinogradnoje:

In a message dated 5/12/02 7:34:03 PM, [E-mail withheldat request of sender] writes:

<< Dear Remmick home site,

My name is ______ and I also have German-Russian family who emigrated to the States from Worms, Odessa. I am just returning from a trip to the Ukraine and managed to find the old Worms.  ...I'm not very informed on the history and genealogy and  wouldn't be interested in responding to a lot of mail. I would like to relate  to you however what I managed to find out. You have the current name of  Worms as Vernoye but according to the post office in Odessa there is no  Vernoye in Odessa. The current name of Worms is Vinogradnoje and I found  other German-Russian sites which concur. In Vinogradnoje I found the arch  and the church and the cemetery exactly as in the pictures on your site and would like to thank you for pointing me in the right direction. There's an  old sign outside the town and also an out-of-business apothecary with  Vinogradnoje in cyrillic. ...just thought I'd let you know. All the houses and graves I saw were Russian and dated from the 1960's and  I don't think there is much left of the old German structures. Many yards  have an outdoor cellar which might come from more distant times. Towards the  back of the cemetery there are several old destroyed graves and tombstones  which were defiled by the nazis I believe. According to people I talked to in Odessa that would be the most likely. About two miles west of Worms is a  Jewish monument stating that on that site the nazis killed 20,000. Their  Lenin statue is still intact in front of the old cultural palace but that building is abandoned and stripped out. I got a car and driver from a very competent travel agent: Eugenia Travel Ukraine...and spent the day walking around the town. A group of women shouted aufwiedersein to me so maybe they seen a few of us snooping around now and again.

Thanks again....>>

From pages 300 to 321 are photographs of Worms / Od. S. Russia from JF's collection taken this spring of 2002


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Map of Beresan area by the Black Sea in which Worms is a part plus some of the Roemmich Chutors [Estates]

Letters From Des. of others who's family lived in Worms who may touch the Remmick / Roemmich families.

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