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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!

2018 AHSGR Convention Update

It’s beginning to look a lot like Convention around AHSGR headquarters – and for you, too, soon, we hope!

The convention is July 29-Aug. 2 at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan., and we plan to have full registration information sent out and online very soon. In the meantime, here is the tentative schedule; it’s subject to change, but it is taking shape.

We also have rates for three hotels in Hays, and they’re a bargain:

  • Baymont Inn and Suites, 3801 N. Vine St.; 785-625-8103; $69 plus tax
  • Days Inn, 3205 Vine Interstate 70, 785-628-8261; $74.69 plus tax
  • Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 4650 Roth Ave., 785-625-8000; $129 plus tax

So, peruse the attached schedule, get those hotel reservations made and stand by for full registration information. Early-bird registration will be due June 15.



RIP, Arthur Flegel.

We are sad to report that a true giant of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia has passed away.

Arthur Flegel helped found our organization in 1968 and was a longtime active leader, including a term as our president. He wrote several books on genealogy and in 2014 donated his extensive personal library to the organization. It is housed at our Lincoln headquarters as the Arthur and Cleora Flegel Library.

We extend our condolences to Mr. Flegel's family and are proud to carry on his mission here at AHSGR. Here is a link to his obituary.

Dear Members and Friends:
For many of you it is time to renew your annual membership in the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia. Our membership management software sends out reminder emails to you prior to your membership expiring. But many of you may have not seen the reminder for whatever reason. Or perhaps you don’t have email at all. So if you haven’t renewed yet, please do so today.
While we are talking about 2018 memberships, please consider upgrading your membership. Sustaining membership is one option, at $100 a year. Or become a Life Member, which provides a special level of commitment to AHSGR.
Remember, your membership at any level gives you access to our library, discounts at our bookstore and conventions, the member rate for research, voting rights, our publications -- including the quarterly AHSGR Journal and Newsletter -- plus exclusive access to our Premier Level website. You also help us to continue our work in research, archives, maintenance of the museum, and celebration and preservation of German Russian culture and heritage.
Click here for membership options.


Thank you!

American Historical Society of Germans from Russia


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!


New Research Records are available from the AHSGR Bookstore! 



         Kukkus Family List (1886)     Jost Birth Records (1794-1866)      Neu-Laub Family List (1920)


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