Monday, April 24, 2017

June BBQ Picnic

We have the Lindon City Park pavilion reserved for a summer family picnic. The date is June 10th, beginning at 4:00 pm. We will plan to eat about  5 o'clock. BBQ chicken and sauerkraut & spare ribs will be provided for the main courses. Please bring a veggie dish, finger foods, or dessert of your choosing. In order to have enough chicken and kraut/ribs, please RSVP to this email with a head count and what food item you plan to bring. Drinking water and utilities are available on site.

The address is near 350 North State Street in Lindon, which is about a block south of the Pizza Factory and Los Hermanos restaurants on the east side of the street. It is about 3 blocks north of the intersection of 2000 North (Orem) and State Street. Play equipment is available for children.This is a time to eat, relax and visit.
We hope you can make it!!!

Book Review

I located this book at the Family History Library and thought it would be helpful for researches.  The call number is INT 947.7 F2g and was composed by Dr. Adam Giesinger of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia; the North Dakota GR ‘s.
I found the information fascinating, it may or may not be an area I need to research; I will not know the personal value until I investigate.  Even if I do not locate family members I will learn more about the geography and culture of the area.  Keep in mind that this type of record may be available for your area of interest. Please share what you learn.

Reports of 1942-1943 from German Villages in the Ukraine.
A list of the types of reports prepared:
·         The German and Russian names of the village, its date of founding and its location.
·         The population and the number of families, classified as to the ethnic group, as of June 1, 1941 and also the German population at some earlier dates.
·         Number of ethnically mixed marriages and the number of children of such marriages.
·         The present German population classified as men, women, and children.
·         Number of families without male heads.
·         Origins, in Germany, of the forefathers of the inhabitants or, if it was a daughter colony, the mother colony from which they came.
·         Type of school(s) in the village, social clubs, libraries, theatres, projection equipment, choirs and bands.
·         Health and welfare institutions of the village, doctors, nurses, midwives: the state of health of the inhabitants.
·         Whereabouts of the church records of births, marriages, and deaths.
·         Economic situation in the village, land being farmed, livestock, and crop yields.
·         Special hardships under the Communist regime, number of famine deaths, people murdered during the civil war, people arrested and deported to slave labor, experiences since the outbreak of the war in June 1941.
·         List of inhabitants, arranged in family groups with surname and given name, occupation, date of birth, place of birth, and religious denomination.
·         List of murdered by revolutionary armed bands during the civil war period.
·         List of those who died in the famines of 1921-1922 and 1933-1934.
·         List of those deported to slave labor camps in the 1930’s.
·         List of those taken away from the village after the outbreak of war in June 1941
·         List of the young men from the village serving in the Red army.
·         Village plan and a map showing the location of the village.
·         A questionnaire of special interest to genealogists, asked of each family.

The microfilm information is listed in this publication.

Submitted by Dee Hert

AHSGR Birth and Death Records

Folks: We are excited to announce two additions to the American Historical Society for Germans from Russia online bookstore: 1794-1825 Laub, Tarlyk, Russia Birth Records Volume 1 and 1826-1833 Laub, Tarlyk, Russia Death Records. Both publications feature color photographs and are available online at; there, click on Online Store and then Birth and Death Records.
The birth records publication sells for $55 to members, $65 to nonmembers, and the death records publication sells for $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers.
Dan Moser, editorial and publications coordinator, AHSGR

Storytelling Contest

A reminder: The deadline for the annual AHSGR Storytelling Contest is fast approaching. All entries must be submitted by May 15.
Among Germans from Russia, storytelling is an important oral and written tradition that ensures the continuation and enhancement of GR history and heritage among future generations of Germans from Russia. It is this tradition the contest helps promote.
Both youth and adults are welcome to participate. Stories can be either fiction or nonfiction. Winning stories are presented at the Folklore Symposium at the annual convention and prize money is awarded.
Details and entry forms are available on the AHSGR website and Facebook page.
Just follow instructions carefully and send all stories, completed forms, photos and other materials by email attachment to or by regular mail to AHSGR Storytelling Contest, 631 D St., Lincoln, NE 68502-1199. Entry deadline is May 15.
Winners and honorable mentions will be announced at the convention in Milwaukee, Wis., in August.
Germans from Russia

The local chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia ( invite you to join us at the Scottish Festival.

Locate the “Germans from Russia” booth and we will explain our unique culture.

July 7 and 8, 2017
Payson, Utah

Contact the local chapter for further information, membership, and research assistance.

Village Coordinators

Special appreciation is expressed to individuals who have agreed to take on the important task of Village Coordinator.

Please remember that in order to succeed we must all share information that may be of value to others.  Information can be shared via email to chapter members, sent to village files and anyone having an interest. While conducting research, and you happen to locate an interesting tidbit of data, please pause for a moment and consider who might find this information of value.

Notice the diverse geographical areas represented, the GR's were mobile people for various reasons.

Lets play it forward and share your research sites, how you gather and store data; please reply to all.  I will compile a master list of ideas.

  • Newsletters, 
  • EWZ records (Odessa3), 
  • Immigration, 
  • National Archives
  • Germans from Russia Heritage Society
  • Germanic Genealogy Society
  • State Historical Societies
  • Family History Library
  • Russian Archives
  • Google

Numerous villages remain unattended and are desperately in need of a vc; if you are interested please step forward and offer to cover one or more of these open villages. Village Coordinator data is available at  A vc must be a member of AHSGR, sign a contact and agree to abide by all terms and conditions.  Another value to becoming a vc is access to an on-line vc link to share ideas and ask questions of other vc's.

Village Coordinator information is available at other organizations interested in gathering similar data. A good example is the North Dakota Germans from Russia Heritage Society  

Perhaps you would be interested in assisting in some capacity.

Intermountain Chapter Village Coordinators (to date)

Ansley, Shirley
Neu-Hussenbach, Gashon, Samara

Eickbush, Fran 
Neu-Arzis, Akkerman, Bessarabia
Neuburg, Grossliebental, Odessa, Kherson

Gertge, Joe (w/Nick and Barbara Bretz)
Rothammel, Saratov, Volga

Hert, Dee
Blumenfeld, Stavropol, North Caucasus
Alexanderdorf, Volga
Alexander-Höh, Samara, Volga
Anton, Saratov, Volga, (with Sharon)
6 additional villages pending

Hertz, Brad

Oryall, Gwen

Stone, Sheri
Hussenbach, Linevo Ozero, Saratov, Volga

Weber, Darrell
Balzer, Saratov, Volga

White, Sharon
Straub, Samara, Volga
Warenburg, Samara, Volga (w/Ron Brott)

Research Classes

Eastern European Family History Conference
July 17-21, 2017
Plaza Hotel, SLC

Research Center for the State Archives and Utah State History
Monday - Friday 9 am - 4 pm
300 S. Rio Grande St.
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

British Institute
18-22 September 2017
Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, SLC
Reservations 800-366-3684

Monday, January 30, 2017


Plan on attending the next chapter meeting on Saturday, February 18th.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Scanning Records

Doug and Adee Hacking work at the Family Search Center on Thursdays from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm, and Saturdays from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. On Thursdays the center stays open until 9:00 pm, and on Saturdays they close early at 1:00 pm.

The center is located at 915 West Gordon Ave, Layton, UT 84041, and the phone number is 801-784-2100. You can call that number ahead of time to reserve one of the slide scanners. They assign them out in one hour increments, but you can do a lot in an hour.

They can show you around and help you with your scanning. All the equipment is free to use. The only thing they charge for is copies and they are five cents a page.

Brigham Young University Library, 1st floor, houses the Utah Valley Family History Library. They have several high speed quality scanners available for public use for family history. They are set up to link with your family search account if desired, and there are always plenty of volunteers to help. Call ahead to reserve a time slot.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Put This on Your Calendar

Saturday, February 18, 2017, is our next chapter meeting.  

We are planning to participate in the Scottish Festival in Payson on July 7-8, volunteers appreciated.

Mike Meisinger, AHSGR Vice President, will be coming to Utah to teach classes.  Date to be announced soon.

AHSGR board meetings, April 27-29, Lincoln, Nebraska.

The book drive continues whenever we gather.  We are accepting new or used (clean) books for Primary Children's hospital.  Our youth members are creating a bookmark for the books.

The chapter agreed to a cookbook; send recipes to Dee.  It would be wonderful if this was a family event with you and your kinder taking lots of pictures and sharing with Dee.

Sources for Mennonite Information

The Grandma database (Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry) contains information on over a million individuals, most of whose ancestral lines can be traced to Mennonite communities in Prussia and South Russia. GRANDMA is produced by the California Mennonite Historical Society.

This database is available in two forms: on a CD-ROM disk as well as in a searchable online database. Both versions provide searches of the same data, but the online database is updated several times a year while the CD-ROM is only updated once every few years. The on-line version also allows you to share your family photographs with other researchers.

In additional to this wealth of data is a free standard edition newsletter.  To receive a once-a-day email message containing links to all the new articles published,

You can also subscribe to the Plus Edition here:

Dan Eastman is the webmaster and will be featured at the Feb 8-11, 2017 RootsTech in Salt Lake City, Utah. (

Do you have interesting database information to share with everyone??

Thanks for the support.

Dee Hert

A Message From Dee

LDS gift opens up a vast new path for African-American genealogical treasurers
Index of nearly 2 million names given to the Smithsonian.
Up to now, genealogical research on African-American families often ran into a dead end after the search reached back to 1870, the first census that documented newly freed slaves as U.S. citizens.
The LDS church donated an indexed database of the Freed African-Americans which can now bridge the gap between freedom and slavery and reunite, on paper, families that were once torn apart by slavery.
FamilySearch’s team also uncovered and indexed the names of 1,781,463 people found in marriage and hospital registers, education efforts, census   lists, labor contracts, and apprenticeship lists.  This is the largest collection of records that impact the African-American population today.  The bureau records present the genealogist and social historians with an unequaled wealth of information about matters as varied as issuing food and clothing, investigating racial conformations, settling freedmen on abandoned or confiscated lands and establishing schools. The bureau helped secure deeds to property so people could build schools.
The indexing team attracted volunteers from the 36 chapters of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, black colleges and churches, and any organization that might have an interest.
Source:  Sunday, December 11, 2016, Salt Lake Tribune.

The messages I learned from this article: 
A group of dedicated volunteers can organize various sources of data and compile significant data.  It is heartwarming to know that this information will be of great value to many families.  Continue sharing your personal knowledge and resources; that is what genealogy and family history is all about.  The more we share the more we learn. The numerous records used in this search can always open doors.
Dee Hert, Chapter Membership Chair

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Wishing you every blessing this Christmas and New Year...

Friday, December 23, 2016

New Year's Resolutions

A recent article in Family Tree Magazine encouraged me to be serious about some things that have been on my mind.  I always say I'm not doing the resolution thing this year, but these resolutions are a little different.  Hopefully they will help me to do a better job on my family research.

1- Research regularly. I often find that my effort is spotty.  I'll go great guns on my research, then my other life gets in the way.  Weeks or months have passed and I haven't done anything.  Even worse, I forget what I was doing and where I ended.  I spend too much time getting back on track.

2- Cite your sources.  Initially this didn't seem to be all that important, this was just a hobby for my own enjoyment, right?  Now that it is a more serious business to me I find myself going back and trying to document.  That job would have been much easier had I done it along the way, not to mention much less embarrassing when I have to contact people who've shared information with me.

3- Organize.  Need I say more? Pictures, records, letters, on and on... Not to mention the back ups I should do on my documents, pictures, family group sheets, and pedigrees.  It would be terrible to lose all those.

4- Continue to learn. I don't know near enough about so many things.  How do I use my DNA match information to further my research?  What other resources are available to me in my specific areas of research?  Do I know enough about the locations and events that were part of my ancestors lives?  Have I learned enough from elderly relatives about their lives?  The questions are endless.

This list could continue, but in the way of all resolutions, the more there are, the less chance I'll be successful with any of them.  Hopefully, this will spark some goals for you as well in the coming 2017.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Merry Christmas and a ThankYou

This post is a bit personal, but I really need to share a few things.  The photo was taken at our chapter Christmas party.  It shows a group of absolutely wonderful people.  It has been a tough year for me, and I haven't been able to make it to our monthly meetings.  They have kept me in the loop with emails and have been a huge encouragement for me.  These people work SO hard to help our chapter grow and donate untold hours to push forward the research on our Germans from Russia ancestors.  This is my chance to publicly thank all of them for the many things they do.  It was a great party by the way. Here's wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and wishing you all the blessings you deserve. You are truly my people...