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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
P.O. Box 418
Glencoe, IL.  60022  

2015 Chapter Meetings

Meeting days and dates for 2015 follow. The library is out usually before the meeting starts and it is a good time to socialize with fellow members. All meetings will start at 2 p.m. with doors open at 1 p.m. All meetings will be held at Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison St., Chicago.

April 18th - Saturday
June 7th - Sunday
October 11 - Sunday
December 5 - Saturday

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.


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 89 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, Ill. 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 $20 each. The price includes postage and handling. Make check payable to: Northern Illinois Chapter AHSGR.

Send requests for copies to:

Keith Wiegel 
374 Northgate Road 
Lindenhurst, IL 60046 

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, Neb., and reference copies are available in our Chapter Library. 


Keith Wiegel
374 Northgate Road
Lindenhurst, IL  60046
(847) 245-8796


Barbara Carlson
930 Ontario St
Oak Park, IL 60302

Tina Klemmer

Committee Chairs


Glynis Wiegel

Maggie Hein
P.O. Box 418
Glencoe, IL. 60022

Tom Rohr
1718 E. Lilac Terr.
Arlington Hts., IL  60004-3527


Meeting Location
Eden United Church of Christ
5051 W. Gunnison St.
Chicago. IL. 60030

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