Welcome to the Intermountain Chapter of AHSGR. We hope that this will prove to be an effective way to share information and communicate with each other. This is designed to help us in our effort to research and celebrate our common heritage.
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.
The annual AHSGR Storytelling Contest invites both adults and youth to participate in this GR tradition by submitting stories related to Germans from Russia. They can be either fiction or non-fiction. Winning stories are presented at the Folklore Symposium at the annual convention and prize money is awarded.
This year, we’re trying something new: For youth (under 14), a video contest. Video stories can be anything from interviews to more produced stories; again, fiction or nonfiction, and up to 10 minutes in length.
Consider entering the 2018 AHSGR Storytelling Contest. The entry form will be available on our website next week; we’ll let you know when it’s there. But in the meantime, start thinking and creating – and pass the word along to others, AHSGR members and nonmembers alike.
It's been about four months since there have been any updates on this blog... my apologies. Life sometimes just gets crazy. I encourage you to check out the six posts below this one. I've attempted to post any items that are still pertinent and of interest to you. Just to make it clear, I absolutely appreciate all of you who follow the events of our chapter, as well as those of you who keep me current through emails and entries for me to post. This is the time of year that we think more of the people we are grateful for. I am grateful for you and all the help I have received over the years through resources and your generous sharing. Here's hoping you have a fabulous holiday season!
Every month we feature two Village Coordinators, to recognize the work they do for AHSGR and give members an opportunity to become more familiar with their Village Coordinators.
Anton, Alexanderhoh, Alexanderdorf (North Caucasus), Alexanderdorf (South Caucasus), Blumenfeld, Emmas, Tiegenhoff, Tilfis, Eigenheim, Nalchik, Johannesdorf, Karlsruhe, Katharinenfeld
Dee Hert has been a village coordinator for several years and continues to find villages of interest for which there is no coordinator.
“These are important areas, so I find myself agreeing to be the village coordinator,” she said. “The Caucasus region has my primary attention at this time; what a fascinating area and I am locating villagers from various regions. As I become aware of Caucasus villages without a village coordinator, I may consider adopting them.”
Dee married into a double-GR family. “My mother-in-law informed me there were very few Herts remaining; I accepted this information at face value,” she said. “Years later I can disprove that statement as my database contains thousands of Hert/Herdt/etc.”
Dee has advice for people researching their heritage:
“Gather all appropriate resource materials, join and refer to professional organizations depending on your objective. Materials from AHSGR, NDGR, societies such as the Germanic Genealogy Society, Montana Historical Society are increasingly valuable,” she said. “I live in Utah and have easy access to the Family History Library (FHL) which is also an incredible resource. Facebook and other social media are constantly improving and should be reviewed frequently. Establish an AHSGR Facebook page or social media of choice and share what you learn. Genealogy is sharing!”
Another source of information is the annual on-line Village Coordinator reports; one can improve research skills and gain insight into successful practices.
Dee encourages members to consider becoming VCs. “If you are hesitant then offer to assist another VC, mentoring can be very enjoyable.”
“AHSGR has a wonderful link to individual village files. Read beyond your primary village, read all files as data crosses villages and your ancestors may have lived in numerous locations,” she said. “You would be amazed to learn how many villagers relocated to the Caucasus; slowly I am gathering that data into a separate database.
“I am a Life and Board member of AHSGR, I can honestly say that these folks are amazing. They possess a positive attitude towards improvement and strive to attain the goals of preserving and promoting the Germans from Russia culture as do many individuals in the field. Working together we can move forward in a positive direction.”
In 2018, Dr. Mila Koretnikov and Dr. Brent Mai will be leading two tours to visit the former colonies of our Volga German ancestors. They design these tours to visit the ancestral colonies of those who are on the tour, so each trip is unique! They will also visit the German Cultural Center and the Volga German Archives in Engels, the State Museum in Saratov, the Gagarin Landing Site, and the Mamayev Kurgan (Motherland Calling Statue) complex and Stalingrad Battle Museum in Volgograd.
Each tour departs from New York City and lasts 9 days. This year, for the first time, there is an option to add-on another week and visit Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Roots Tech is
scheduled for February 28 – March 3. Sign up now for a discount price.
CVGS – Center for
Volga German Studies in Portland
had to close due to lack of support. We need to support those organizations
that are important to us. Resources will still be there and the Oregon Chapter will man it and do research on a limited basis.
Ithas been suggested that we donate to Toys for Tots this year instead of having an
ornament exchange. Toys should be unwrapped and will be given to the US Marine
Corps for distribution. The Springville Community Presbyterian Church is
scheduled for Saturday, December 9, from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Address: 245 S. 200 E.The chapter
will provide ham and the rest will be pot luck. Pat and Shirley will email maps
out a week before the event.