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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!


New from AHSGR!

1827 Dinkel (Tarlykova), Russia Family Records now available in our store


AHSGR’s Book of the Month

AHSGR is kicking off a Book of the Month program. Each month, we’ll feature a different book from our bookstore, encouraging members to read it and even talk about it with others.

This month’s book is “From Catherine to Krushchev: The Story of Russia's Germans” by Adam Giesinger.  

This book is the most complete, authoritative, and well-written history of the Germans from Russia to have appeared in English. Giesinger deals in detail with all German settlements in Russia and all religious groups among them from 1553 to the present. The final chapter covers emigrants from Russia to the Americas. The book includes a useful chapter locating individual colonies within their geographical and governmental districts, twenty-seven pages of maps, and a bibliography of nearly 200 items.

Click here to buy “From Catherine to Krushchev.”

For AHSGR members whose memberships expire at the end of the year, it's time to renew. Please add membership renewal to your first-of-2019 "to-do" list. Thank you so much for your support of AHSGR!


Get your hotel reservations now for the 2019 AHSGR Convention.

The 2019 AHSGR Convention in Lincoln, Neb., is fast approaching! It’s our 50th, and we’re very excited about the plans taking shape.


We don’t have registration available yet, but it’s not too soon to get your accommodations lined up.  It’ll be at the Embassy Suites in downtown Lincoln, which is very close to lots of dining and bar options. If you haven't been to Lincoln in the last five years, you'll be amazed at the changes downtown.


Rates are $139 a night for single or double occupancy, $154 for triple, and $169 for quad.


Please call the Lincoln hotel directly at (402) 474-1111 to make reservations, and be sure to mention you’re with AHSGR.


We look forward to seeing you in Lincoln in July!


What's Your Story? Part 2.

With its family gatherings, the holiday season is the perfect time to learn about, share and reflect on your heritage. Take some time to talk about who you are and how you came to be here. If you’re part of the younger set, ask your uncles, aunts, parents, grandparents and great-grandparents about their -- and your -- heritage. And if you’re from an older generation, take some time to share with the younger ones. If you’re comfortable with it, be sure to capture some video or at least audio of your conversations. If not, assign a note-taker.

We posted a couple of suggested questions last week. Here are two more:

1.     What kind of work did your mother’s (father’s) parents do?

2.     Has your mother (father) shared any stories they knew about their parents’ childhoods? What are they?

Let the conversation flow from there, and continue to watch our website and Facebook pages for more "What's Your Story" tips during the holiday season and throughout 2019.


New Research Records are available from the AHSGR Bookstore! 



               Dinkel Birth Records (1834-1858)                                                     Schmidt Family Letters


Treasures From the Vault:

We have the perfect gifts for that hard-to-shop-for person on your list:

John Biel Returns

This film tells the story of a man's return to his ancestral village of Enders, Russia, and other nearby villages in 1930.  Watch the trailer above and click the link for more info! (To watch in fullscreen click the Youtube link in the video window)



Norka: A Passage in Time

This film depicts the lives of the people of the Volga German Colonies in 1928, as filmed by Henry Walker (Wacker).  Watch the trailer above and click the link for more info! (To watch in fullscreen click the Youtube link in the video window)


Need research help?  Check out our new tutorial below!



(To watch in fullscreen click the Youtube link in the video window)


Village Coordinators of the Month

Every month we feature one 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 VC's.  Click the title above to go to the page and get to know your Village Coordinators!




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