Greater Seattle Chapter

The Greater Seattle Chapter is a member of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia which is an international, non-profit educational organization. The group's purpose is to bring together people interested in the history of Germans from Russia, and promote a better appreciation of their history and preservation of the culture. The Greater Seattle Chapter has been furthering the goals of AHSGR on the local level since being founded in 1975. It is an active chapter whose members and guests enjoy good potluck food at the meetings with informative programs as well as having an opportunity to further their genealogical research and to socialize with others who share their heritage.

This Chapter serves Greater Seattle and the Puget Sound area of Washington State. It is a member of the Council of Northwest Chapters [CNC} which is a district council for chapters in the Pacific Northwest. The Greater Seattle chapter hosted the annual AHSGR National Convention in 1979 and in 1992 co-hosted the convention with Tacoma’s late Rainier Chapter. It also participated as a member of the Council of Northwest Chapters in hosting the 2003 AHSGR Convention in Yakima, Washington. The Greater Seattle Chapter will be participating in the 2012 AHSGR Convention in Portland, Oregon in June 2012.

In addition, our chapter holds several genealogy workshops during the year in connection with the Seattle Genealogical Society or the National Archives. Our chapter genealogists are happy to assist you in directing your research.


Do not send your dues to Lincoln – send them to the chapter. We will collect both the 2011 National and Local Dues which were due on January 1st. A $2.00 late fee will be charged on all National dues, when paid after January 31st, 2011. Local membership dues in the amount of $10 per year per family are collected in addition to the AHSGR National dues to help pay for the cost of our newsletter production and mailing, renting meeting spaces, and other miscellaneous expenses. Our fund-raising projects help make up the deficit. 

For National and local membership information contact Vilma Luck, 11410 NE 124th St., PMB 242, Kirkland, WA 98034.  Telephone: (425) 821-2493 or email:  tvluck1@juno.com





Our chapter board meetings are held in our homes six times a year in January, March, May, July, September, and November. These meetings are used to set membership goals and to do the financial and management business of the chapter. The meetings are attended by the Executive Committee, comprised of Chapter Officers and the committee chairmen, who have special overall assignments including membership, programs, arrangements, genealogy and finance. Ideas are exchanged in these meetings to generate information for the chapter newsletter, to promote membership recruitment, to select fund raising activities and to further the organization's goals.  Board meetings are open to Chapter members as non-voting guests.


Our Chapter Newsletters are published six times a year. They are prepared by the Editor, Jean Roth, 515 N 79th St, Seattle WA 98103; phone 206-782-2629;  email: jeanaroth@juno.com  The newsletters contain details needed about the chapter meetings and a variety of general information for the members. Two free issues are available to non-members. Contact the Chapter President to request this service.


Genealogy and Geműtlichkeit are two of the primary activities of the Chapter. Many genealogical items have been donated to the Seattle Public Library and to the Shoreline Branch of the King County Library and are available for public use. A larger collection is also at the Seattle Genealogical Society at 6200 Sandpoint Way NE. The Library is located across the street from the Pacific Northwest Branch of the National Archives. This is a private library with unlimited use memberships at $35.00 a year for individuals and $45.00 a year for couples. Non-members may use the library for $5.00 per day. Members have free use of the Ancestry.com World Edition database on site. Jean A. Roth of our AHSGR Chapter also serves on the SGS Board as Vice-President.

Some of the chapter’s reference books and maps items are available for reference at each meeting, and individual members can also borrow selected items. The genealogy committee urges the Greater Seattle Chapter members to not throw away any of the Journals, Newsletters and Clues that we received from our Headquarters in Lincoln. After you have used them as much as you like, please give them to our Genealogy chairwoman Betty Schmoll and she will see to it that they are put to good use.


The chapter does not keep a stock of the books for sale by Headquarters and Concordia’s Center for Volga German Studies.  However we do have a price list of these books and will be willing to share this with its members. These books can be ordered from Lincoln Please contact the Genealogy chairwoman for this list and the procedures to be utilized in ordering books.


Officers 2011-2012

Loys Lamb
17767 14th Ave NW    Shoreline, WA 98177
(206) 542-8049

1st Vice President &
Newsletter Editor
Jean A. Roth
515 North 79th Street  
, WA 98103-4707
(206) 782-2629

2nd Vice President
Barbara Taylor
(425) 885-6059          

Marie Carroll
(360) 563-0167          

Harvey & Joan Knizek
(206) 730-4281          

Genealogy & Historian
Betty Schmoll
(425) 205-2441          

Barbara Taylor &
Vilma Luck

Membership & Promotion
Terry & Vilma Luck
(425) 821-2493          

Eileen Tennant
(425) 337-7620          


Past President &
Richard Meyer & Connie Meyer
(206) 523-4136