of Alberta

Tim Janzen`s historical map collection

Accession 2005.045

Title and Physical Description

Tim Janzen`s historical map collection. — 1914-1921, 2005. — 6 maps (jpg). – 4 files of textual records (xls)

Administrative/Biographical History

Timothy Paul Janzen, born in Salem, Oregon in 1960 to Robert Janzen and Betty Youngman. He is married to Rachel Ann Sauter, with whom he has four children: Paul, Marilee, Andrew and Bethany. Timothy is a family physician living in Portland, Oregon. He makes extensive contributions to the Mennonite and Germans-from-Russia family history community through his volunteering and philanthropic efforts. He has been an active member of the California Mennonite Historical Society committee that oversees the GRANDMA (Genealogical Register ANd Database of Mennonite Ancestry) Project, and an avid contributor as well as proponent of others contributing to that project. He has schooled himself in Russian and German so that he can extract genealogical information from historical documents printed and handwritten in those two languages. He’s been a force in ensuring that information pertinent to Mennonite family history is preserved through microfilming and through indexing and transcribing into the GRANDMA project, online (websites of the Mennonite Historical Societies of Manitoba and Alberta), and on the shelves of a large number of Mennonite historical societies. He was assisted by Svetlana Martins, a researcher based in Moscow, Russia.

Custodial History

The maps were purchased in 2005 in Moscow, Russia, by Svetlana Martins who sent scans of the maps to Tim Janzen in June 2005. Tim sent the scans to the Mennonite Historical Society in September 2005.

Scope & Content

The fonds consists of detailed maps showing Mennonite settlements in south Russia as well as Prussia and an index to the places found on the Crimean and Berislav maps.

Source of Supplied Title

Title based on the contents of the fonds

Source of Acquisition

Gift by Timothy Paul Janzen 2005


Russian and English


Originals held by Svetlana Martins

Other Formats

The index to the Crimean place names is available, on request, in Excel software format from the MHSA

Access Restrictions


Finding Aids

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Accession 2005.045
Last updated 23 October 2005 – Judith Rempel

Files Inventory

Box 1

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