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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!


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


SAVE THE DATES:  It may be the dead of winter, but here is something warm to think about: Our 49th Annual AHSGR Convention is scheduled for July 30-Aug. 2 in Hays, Kansas.  Convention setup and Board of Directors meetings take place Sunday July 29. 


Plans are just now starting to take shape, but you can expect an outstanding lineup of compelling speakers, both domestic and international, as well as our extensive bookstore and research rooms, top-notch entertainment, and a chance to meet new friends and to reconnect with old this convention. This has all the makings of a great time.
More details are to come; so watch your email and your snail mail as they firm up. For now, make sure to get this important event on your calendar.  


We look forward to seeing you in Hays!

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)


Kuche Kochen

THE cookbook for German Russians – or just Germans, or just Russians, or anyone who wants hearty, traditional, down-home fare.  Click the photo above for more info! 


Map of the Lower Volga

Designed and created in 2017 by Alan Wambold, this circa 1910 map is every Volga German researcher’s dream tool.  Click the photo above for more info!


Sophie's Grandma


Hear Sophie's Grandma tell her about the family's German Russian history and heritage in this delightful children's book.  Click the photo above for more info!




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! 



                                               Messer Census (1897)          Brunnental Communion (1870-1886)



                       Krasnoyar Family List (1874-1891)         Neu Donhof Birth Records (1863-1904)


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