Stahl am Tarlyk
Names
Stahl am Tarlyk, Stepnaya, Stepnoye, Stepnoje
Location
51º07' N 45º57' E
History
      Stahl am Tarlyk was founded on 13 August 1767 by LeRoy & Pictet as a Lutheran colony. It was part of the Warenburg Parish.
      The construction of the Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) Hydroelectric Power Station from 1950-1961 created the Volgo Reservoir which flooded several Volga German colonies including the former Stahl am Tarlyk. A new village was constructed on higher ground just to the east of the former colony.
Church
      The congregation in Stahl am Tarlyk was part of the Warenburg Lutheran Parish which had been established in 1770. A new church was constructed in 1834 in the Kontor Style.
Pastors
The congregation in Stahl am Tarlyk was served by the following pastors:
Population
Population Table
Year
Households
Population
Total
Male
Female
1767
76
208
1769
63
198
96
102
1773
58
188
90
98
1788
235
1798
320
1816
480
1834
798
1850
1,195
1857
1859
1,538
1889
2,487
1897*
2,447
1,211
1,236
1910
3,640
1912
4,095
1920
462**
2,770
1922
2,076
1923
2,150
1926***
498
2,432
1,203
1,229
1931
2,402
*Of whom 2,425 were German.
**Of which 452 households were German.
***Of whom 2,400 were German (486 households: 1,187 male & 1,213 female).
Sources:
- Beratz, Gottieb. The German colonies on the Lower Volga, their origin and early development: a memorial for the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first German settlers on the Volga, 29 June 1764. Translated by Adam Giesinger (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1991): 353.
- Diesendorf, V.F. Die Deutschen Russlands : Siedlungen und Siedlungsgebiete : Lexicon. Moscow, 2006.
- Orlov, Gregorii. Report of Conditions of Settlements on the Volga to Catherine II, 14 February 1769.
- Pallas, P.S. Reise durch verschiedene Provinzen des Russischen Reichs. Theil 3,2, Reise aus Sibirien zurueck an die Wolga im 1773sten Jahr (St. Petersburg: Kaiserl. Academie der Wissenschaften, 1776): 609.
- Pleve, Igor R. The German Colonies on the Volga: The Second Half of the Eighteenth Century, translated by Richard Rye (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 2001): 319.
- Preliminary Results of the Soviet Census of 1926 on the Volga German Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (Pokrovsk, 1927): 28-83.
- "Settlements in the 1897 Census." Journal of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (Winter, 1990): 17.
Resources
- 1767, 1798, 1834, 1850, & 1857 Censuses of Stahl am Tarlyk are available.
External Links
- The Nilmeier Family (Michael Patton)
- Schmidt/Scheidt Genealogy (Dick Schmidt)
Last updated 23 April 2014.
Map showing Stahl am Tarlyk (1935).


Stahl am Tarlyk Church
built in 1834.
Source: Volksfreund Kalender, 1911.


Stahl am Tarlyk panorama


Satellite image showing the former (now partially flooded) location of Stahl am Tarlyk, along with the newer village on higher ground to the right.
Source: Vladimir Kakorin.