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.
Where: Springville Community Presbyterian Church
245 S 200 E; Springville, UT
Menu: Ham, provided by Ansley's Turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy, provided by the Hert's Drinks: Provided by Ansley's Tableware: Provided by Ansley's. Items needed: salads, rolls and butter, fruit, desserts, etc.
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Clothing: Come casual in your dirndls and lederhosen. Entertainment: Watch for further announcements. Family: Everyone welcome, let us know how many. Friends welcome anytime. Grandkids, of course.
Remember: Toys-for-Tots: We are gathering news toys and new books, unwrapped. Also wrapping paper appreciated. Food Drive: On-going, bring non-perishable items.
The Russian military established the Caucasus Line in 1735
then built numerous forts to protect their newly acquired land from
Turkey.In 1739 a treaty was established
between Russia and Turkey.The Russian
government encouraged German peasants to relocate and establish villages in the
Black Sea immigrants also relocated to the Caucasus in the
second half of the 19th century. Need movement records.
The fertile soils of the Caucasus drew numerous families
from various locations to the Caucasus.Volga families relocated as family land was lessened by numerous sons;
new farms were essential. Need movement records.
I have a few names of villagers, but am needing additional
information to ensure we know as much as possible about these individuals and
families. Parish locations would be helpful. Caucasus data is scarce; need census, Presbyterian and
Catholic Church records, military and English publications.
The Family History Library has publications in Russian, need
Please contact me if you have additional information on this
It is common knowledge that access to Caucasus data is
challenging, but every now and then we have a glimmer of hope. One of my life goals is to access records at the Family
History Library, at least once a week.
The book, The German Colonists in Georgia
(Elisabethtal-Asureti: 1818-1941), by Ekaterine Udsulaschwili is a treasure; it
lists surnames and extensive data on numerous villages. The book is copyrighted, but I would be willing to do limited look-ups. Page 53 pictured a sample of a Russian document, a Lutheran
church record. The list of the Germans
born in the years 1871-1921 in the Colony Elisabethtal, Province Tbilisi, who
belonged to the Holy Lutheran Church Parish, is preserved in the Central
Historical Archive of the Republic of Georgia. Archival Holding 458; Inventory
-/; Book Number 462; total pages 347.
I am the AHSGR Village Coordinator for the village of
Elisabethtal, among 24 other villages. How do I acquire these records?I consulted with FHL Research Specialist
Ellie Vance, and she advised I contact Greg Nelson who is in charge of library
acquisitions. I sent a message to Greg Nelson and am awaiting his reply.
Watch for updates to this story.
This group will collaborate with each other to gather and share data of the North and South Caucasus, which comprises an area of thousands of miles. Russian records are a challenge, but I now have a new contact looking into record access. I started a database years ago once I discovered Caucasus materials are scattered in numerous publications,on-line sources, and organizations. I have devoted extensive hours at the FHL reading and studying the fascinating history of this area. Numerous Germans from Russia traveled to and from the Caucasus, some on hunting forays, military, and new settlements. These families were members of numerous religions and nationalities. I have researched all publications by Dr. Mai and others, looking for village movement to the Caucasus. It's amazing how many people made the trek with families, babies, elderly, household goods, and farm equipment. Hardy stock. Eventually data will be placed on wikipedia. I intend to create a page for this data. The FHL staff are aware of my goals and often direct me to new sources. They listen to requests for new research purchases. If you are interested in learning about this subject and wish to join me in this search, please let me know. My goal is to spend Wednesdays (at least) at the library. Come and join the search. Many projects await attention, some small and some large. Thanks for your support! Dee Hert
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Shari Stone has been co-coordinator for Hussenbach for five years.
“It has opened a whole new world for me. I hadn’t realized the vast amount of info I could get,” Shari said. “Once your name is on the list as a Village Coordinator, you start getting emails and info from people all over the world. You become a hope for people that they can find family.”
Shari has been doing genealogy since the age of 17 when she met an old couple who shared stories of their heritage. Prior to meeting them, she had loved history, but hadn’t really understood that her family was German from Russia. After listening to this couple and realizing that the community in Montana where she grew up was German from Russia, she realized the significance of her heritage. In her role as a VC, she’s now also helping her own family research their genealogy.
She advised AHSGR members who are researching their heritage to contact their VC first before they decide there’s nothing out there and get frustrated. “Chances are resources exist and their VC can direct them to those resources,” Shari said. “VCs can give a life line by sharing what resources they have and building from there.”
As a VC, Shari is dedicated to finding resources for those she helps. She gave the example of a woman who she’s been helping for a year. “I finally found her great-grandfather’s obituary,” Shari said. “He died in 1996 and so I knew he had to have one, but I couldn’t find it. It was in Frankfort script and that’s why I didn’t see it at first, but I knew his sisters’ name and saw it in the script. Then I had someone help me with the script, and I found the obituary. I was so excited that I immediately called her. She was thrilled beyond words! This discovery has opened up a whole lot of more information, and now everything is starting to come together.”
From being a VC, Shari has realized, “We’re given this opportunity to do research that is so valuable for connecting families. To help someone else is very rewarding. I find it a great satisfaction.”
She would encourage anyone who is interested to definitely become a VC. It’s a bit time-consuming, Shari admitted, but stressed that if one has time they can help others to go beyond what they know. ”People appreciate the support. Sometimes they don’t want you do to do all the work; they just need direction, and then can have ownership in knowing that they found what they wanted.”
of the Cases Handled by the Saratov Office of Foreign Settlers
Edited by I.R. Pleve
English by Dr. Mila Koretnikova
English Editing by
Prof. Brent Mai
The inventory consists of the captions and information on the
date and number of pages of the lost cases handled by the Saratov office of
foreign settlers. The inventory contains short but very valuable precise
information on the life of the German colonies, on the relations between
colonies, their relationship with the surrounding settlements and the state, on
the personal life of the colonists.
The compilers are hopeful that this publication will be
interesting for historians and helpful for researchers who could derive a more
truthful picture of historical events by collating the laconic information of
the captions and the information in the fully-preserved documents.
An example of particular interest to me is case number 5830,
page 209. Case of the drowned colonist, Heinrich Weiderspahn, from the colony of
Walter, date July 28, 1826. It is noted that the case contained 9 pages.
I recommend this publication to anyone with research
interest in the Volga area.Keep in mind
the colonists moved frequently, I noted mention of the Caucasus which
was no surprise.
The villages are numerous; many chapter members will locate
families.I see names such as Dellos,
Herdt, Stark, Gebel, etc.Orphans are
mentioned surprisingly often; keep in mind the death may only be that of the
father, not both parents.
Permission was required for numerous activities, such as
building a barn, relocating, and prohibition to sell certain merchandise.Deaths from drowning were frequent, summer and winter.
When I first started reading this material I noticed the
village of Katharinenstadt mentioned often. I was hoping to locate the surname
of Herdt, which would answer some long overdue questions.
The book was purchased at the AHSGR bookstore and is
available for $20.00.
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