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Our AHSGR Chapter's Purpose

Our Chapter's purpose is to bring together people interested in the history of Germans from Russia. Through a better understanding and appreciation of our heritage, we will promote the preservation of our history for generations to come.

Our Chapter was formed in 1978 to reach out to those Germans from Russia who live in Northern Illinois. Chapter members today represent ancestral connections to the major German-Russian settlement areas in metropolitan Chicago and the Midwest.

The Chapter encourages historical interest and genealogical research as well as to come together in good fellowship at our meetings throughout the year.

Membership Information

Chapter membership is $7 per individual and $14 per family and includes our quarterly NIC Newsletter.

Please print out the MEMBERSHIP FORM and mail your remittance to the address below or bring it to a chapter meeting!

Mail To:

Maggie Hein
5902 W. Midway Park
Chicago, IL. 60644
1-773-261-2181
may5902@earthlink.net 

2014 Chapter Meetings

Meeting days and dates for 2014 follow.  Please note that we will not schedule a meeting in June.  The library is out usually before the meeting starts and it is a good time to socialize with fellow members.  All meetings will be held in the cafeteria of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Melrose Park.

February 8th, Saturday, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

April 6th, Sunday, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

September 21st, Sunday, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

October 19th, Sunday, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

December 6th, Saturday, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

 

Chapter Library

We have a large collection of German-Russian books, maps, AHSGR Journals and Clues, and other resource materials available to our membership. The Library is open one half hour prior to the start of the meeting.  Members may check out and return books at this time.

Chapter Newsletter

Our "NIC NEWS" is published quarterly for chapter members. The newsletter provides articles about AHSGR International, local Chapter news, library additions, and other items of interest to our members.

Genealogy

The Chapter has members who are active in personal research and can provide expertise and support to those who wish to explore German-Russian Research.  For anyone wishing information regarding former German-Russian settlements please contact the chapter.

Chapter Publications

UNSER LEUTE: SETTLERS IN NORTHERN ILLINOIS - now in its 3rd printing has eighty-nine pages of Surnames of Germans from Russia.  Extracted from the churches in the Volga German communities in the Townships of Jefferson, Proviso and Thorton in Cook County, Illinois.  The amount of information that was available from church records many entries include birth and death dates, names of children, other relatives, birth place, emigration date and burial location. 

Churches researched include:

  • Calvary United Methodist Church (Second United Brethren Church), Chicago
  • Eden Evangelical Lutheran United Church of Christ, Chicago
  • Peace United Church of Christ, Bellwood
  • St. John Lutheran Church, Bellwood
  • St. John Lutheran Church, Lansing
  • St. Paul Lutheran Church, Dolton
  • St. Paul Lutheran Church, Melrose Park
  • St. Paul Lutheran Church, Thornton
  • Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bellwood
Germans From Russia Death Extractions, Years 1914-1995, from the John V. May Funeral Home, Chicago, IL.

Award recognition for this publication has been given by the Illinois Association of Museums, Springfield, Illinois. This publication contains an alphabetical listing of 1125 Germans from Russia, extracted from ledgers of the John V. May Funeral Home. Included are surname, first name, birthplace, birth and death dates, spouse information, last known address, relatives (if known), church attended, and place of final internment. Also given is a listing of major area cemetery locations, and the names and addresses of churches attended by Germans from Russia in the Jefferson Park area of Chicago.

Both books are available for purchase and are prices at $20 each. The price includes postage/handling.
Make check payable to: Northern Illinois Chapter AHSGR

Send requests for copies to:

Keith Wiegel 
374 Northgate Road 
Lindenhurst, IL 60046 
e-mail: KWW77026@aol.com

Chapter members have also extracted names of German-Russians from the 1920 US Federal Census of the GR communities in the Chicago area. The extractions from Film #338 which includes the Jefferson Park neighborhood, Cook County Ward 27, are complete. The extractions from microfilms #360, 362 & 363 of Calumet, Proviso, Thornton townships, which includes the villages of Bellwood, Broadview, Forest Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Dolton, River Forest, Lansing and Riverdale, IL is complete. The 1910 US Federal Census for Proviso Township, Cook County extractions are complete as well.  Copies of these extractions have been sent to AHSGR Headquarters in Lincoln, Nebraska and reference copies are available in our Chapter Library.

 

Officers

President
Keith Wiegel
374 Northgate Rd.
Lindenhurst, IL  60046
(847) 245-8796
KW77026@aol.com

Vice-President
Duane Funk
105 S Arlene Ave
Palatine, IL  60074
dfunkmusic@yahoo.com

Secretary
Barbara Carlson
930 Ontario St
Oak Park, IL 60302
sdkgst9534@sbcglobal.net

Treasurer
Tina Klemmer
227 Frances Lane
Barrington, IL  60010
tklemmer@federallife.com


Committee Chairs

Genealogy
Jim Osborne
5801 W. Bernice
Chicago, IL.  60634
jimosbornesr@yahoo.com

Library & Programs
Glynis Wiegel
Glyniswgc@aol.com

Membership
Maggie Hein
5902 W. Midway Park
Chicago, IL. 60644
(773) 261-2181
may5902@earthlink.net

Newsletter
Tom Rohr
1718 E. Lilac Terr.
Arlington Hts., IL  60004-3527
thomaslrohr@gmail.com

Programs
Vacant


 

MEETING LOCATION
St. Paul Lutheran Church
1025 W. Lake St.
Melrose Park, IL.