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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!


AHSGR Headquarters will be closed on 11/23 and 11/24 for the Thanksgiving Holiday

Monthly research event is Nov. 20, 6:30-8 p.m. AHSGR researchers will be available to help with your genealogy research. RSVP is required; please call 402-474-3363 by noon Nov. 20.

Treasures From the Vault:

Just in time for Christmas shopping, 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!



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!


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!



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!


Three new research publications for the village of Messer are now available in the AHSGR online store.



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