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Thank you for visiting the website of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia. Established in 1968, AHSGR is an international organization dedicated to the discovery, collection, preservation, and dissemination of information related to the history, cultural heritage and genealogy of Germanic settlers in the Russian Empire and their descendants. We have the largest repository of information on Germans from Russia in the Western Hemisphere. All German Russian settlement regions are represented in our library and museum collections.

Welcome from the AHSGR Board Members, Trustees, and Staff!

Christmas gift ideas:

Just in time for Christmas shopping, we have the perfect gifts for that hard-to-shop-for person on your list:

“John Biel Returns: A Visit to the Volga German Villages, 1930” is a DVD that tells the story of Biel’s return to his ancestral village of Enders, Russia, and other nearby villages. His footage of the people and agricultural practices of the time is evocative and lovely. The DVD features two versions of the approximately 30-minute film – one is silent-movie style, with information placards; the other is a more traditional narrated version. Both feature an original score composed especially for the project. (

Map of the Lower Volga designed by Alan Wambold …  This circa 1910 map is every Volga German researcher’s dream tool. It includes villages and colonies of the time, printed on snowy white paper with beautiful cartographical images. It reveals if the village was Protestant, Catholic, Mennonite, or Russian.  Also shown are the dates the villages were founded and if they were a crown colony or were the result of settlers being convinced to go to Russia by the three French recruiters. Available in standard and deluxe versions at


Kuche Kochen is THE cookbook for German Russians – or just Germans, or just Russians, or anyone who wants hearty, traditional, down-home fare. This collection features old family recipes cherished from generation to generation, and with no nutritional scolding -- the way grandma cooked and served it. It is a “must have” item in your kitchen.  And it makes a great gift as well.


These three items are just the beginning, of course; our online store features other DVDs, books and research materials.


If you attended the 2017 AHSGR Convention and have not yet filled out an evaluation survey, please take the time to do so.


Admission fees:  

Members: free

Adult Non-Members - $5

Students - $3

Children under 6:  free


Village Coordinators of the Month

Every month we feature two of our Village Coordinators and their villages. Our intent is to highlight the work that they do for AHSGR and to give our members an opportunity to become more familiar with the VCs. Click the title or the image to go to the page and get to know your Village Coordinators!

Three new research publications for the village of Messer

now are available in the AHSGR online store.



Follow this link for the Messer Birth Records. Also, see Messer Death Records and Marriage Records


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