Ancestor List (Gedlist)
The American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR) Ancestor List, also known as the Genealogy Database List (Gedlist) was developed from family history data submitted by AHSGR members. Members are encouraged to submit complete sets of genealogy forms. Members using genealogy software are encouraged to also submit GEDCOM format files of their German-Russian genealogical data. For help searching our ancestor list, see the search tips below.
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Using the Ancestor List (Gedlist)
We recommend that you browse the Ancestor List for the name being sought since there can be many variations in the spelling of names. Use the "find" function on the browser on individual pages.
Birth and death dates are provided when available. AHSGR seeks to protect the privacy of individuals in our database. Entries for individuals in the database who are still living do not include dates or places of birth. When you find entries for an individual or individuals on the Gedlist and want to obtain more information, a Research Request Form may be submitted to AHSGR. Indicate the name of the specific individual(s) for whom information is sought. Questions on this and other resources may be directed to the reference staff at AHSGR.
The Ancestor List (Gedlist) is a list of all names in the database and includes duplicate entries, as information on many individuals has been submitted by more than one person. Because of multiple submissions for many entries in the database, some inconsistencies exist. Duplicate submissions from different individuals often contain conflicting data, such as dates of birth or death, or spelling of names. AHSGR lacks the means to check all records for accuracy, so it is everyone's responsibility to determine the validity of data by checking birth and death certificates and other documents used in genealogy research.
Each name is coded with the member SEN number to identify the person who submitted the information. The SEN (Surname Exchange Number) identification code may be deciphered by reading the AHSGR Clues publication. If the person who submitted the data has died or is no longer a member of the Society, the code may not be in the latest Clues issue. Examining Clues back issues or contacting AHSGR may be necessary. Additional coding for some names indicates a religious affiliation: C (Catholic), M (Mennonite), P (Protestant), followed by a dash and the SEN coding as shown in the following examples: ATKINSON, Deanna K –P-Z005; Atkinson, Dennis –H402
Because of the large volume of member-submitted genealogy data and the human resource limitations at AHSGR Headquarters in Lincoln, Nebraska, some of the member-submitted data has not yet been entered in the genealogy database and therefore does not appear on this list. Any question about data that has been submitted but cannot be found in the list should be referred to AHSGR. It is advisable to also utilize AHSGR's reference services to search the Family Group Card file, the predecessor to the genealogy database, for information submitted prior to 1990 that is not found in the list. AHSGR staff and volunteers are continuously working to enter this backlog of genealogy data. Any AHSGR members interested in helping with this effort should contact AHSGR.
Search for various spellings of the names you are looking by using the search function in your browser (usually under Edit). The letters C and K were often used interchangeably such as Conrad and Konrad or Catherine and Katherine, as were the letters Y and J in names such as Jungman and Yungman. Search for both the German and American versions of a given name such Heinrich and Henry or Maria, Marie and Mary. Don't forget to look for shortened names such as Kate or nicknames such as Jack or Harry.
For surnames with umlauts the proper spelling would be: ä = ae, ö = oe, ü = ue. As an example, the surname Görlitz should be spelled Goerlitz. However, Görlitz is just as commonly spelled Gorlitz, or Gerlitz, so be sure to look for those variations. Only the find button will allow a search for a part of a name, such as the "litz" in Goerlitz, and will help to find all the spelling variations.