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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!

The AHSGR Headquarters in Lincoln will be closed July 27-Aug. 3 for our annual convention in Hays, Kan. Come join us in Hays by registering for the convention! 

Wait 'til you see what's cooking at the 2018 AHSGR Convention in Hays, Kan.!

Maultaschen, for one thing. Kartoffel and Glase, for another. Even Christmas cookies -- in August!

Registration now is open for three cooking classes scheduled on July 31 and Aug. 1. Class sizes are limited to 25, and the cost is just $10. A bargain!

To sign up: 

Kartoffel and Glase class

Christmas cookies class

Maultaschen class



The German Russian culture is rich with traditions, music, games and food for all ages, and this year’s convention of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia will let young people from all backgrounds get a taste of them.

Kindertag is scheduled Wednesday, Aug. 1, during the convention in Hays, Kan. Children ages 5-14 are invited to spend the day with the Ellis County Historical Society to learn about German music, dance, and games; folktales and German words; daily life for the early Volga German settlers in Ellis and Rush counties; and German recipes. Many hands-on activities will give the participants experience, including making and eating grebble!

Registration is open now for Kindertag

Register today for the AHSGR Convention

Registration is open for the 2018 49th Annual AHSGR Convention, July 30-Aug. 2, in Hays, Kan. A four-page registration form is available to complete and return to Headquarters. Or if you’d prefer to register online, go to our Online Store and look under Event Tickets for all the options available to you.


Our convention at Fort Hays State University will feature nationally and internationally known speakers, tours of German Russian cultural and historical sites, great food and entertainment, a book store and research library, not to mention the opportunity to network and socialize with German Russian descendants from all over the world.


Please check out the attached flyer for a tentative schedule, get registered and choose your hotel accommodations (options are listed on page 1 of the registration form). We can hardly wait to see you in Hays!


Registration form

Online ticket sales

                             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 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 VC's.  Click the title above to go to the page and get to know your Village Coordinators!




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