Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Family History Library Classes

Several members of the Intermountain Chapter were able to attend the classes held last week on Germans from Russia. We received background information on the history of these people and their movement from Germany to Russia, as well as from Russia to elsewhere in the world.  We were given a list of web sites to help with researching. (I'll be adding some of the web sites on this blog shortly.)  Books from AHSGR are now being scanned and digitized.  These will be made available in about three months on the web.  It is exciting that there is now a focus on our area of research.  Hopefully other classes will be offered in the future.

Coming Up

The next chapter meeting will be on August 8th at 10:00 A.M.

Sandy City Library
10100 Petunia Way (1300 S)
Sandy, Utah  

Water but no food is permitted.

Bill will talk about the Billings convention and board news.

Bring your empty ink cartridges for Shirley.

Remember to send news and articles to Pat and Shirley as well as Annette as often as possible.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Anton was the ancestral village of three of our Intermountain chapter members:  Dee Hert, Darrell Weber, and Sharon White.  Sharon’s ancestor, Michael Johann, was the first mayor of Anton.
Anton was founded on 7 September 1764 by the government.  The population in 1764 was 270.  The Russian name for Anton was Sebastianowka.  There are several variations of the spelling.
Anton was a Lutheran colony, located on the Bergenseite of the Volga. The first mayor of Anton was Michael Johann, a farmer, from Kurpfalz, Oberamt, Lindenfels, Germany.  Michael Johann was born in 1736.  Michael Johann’s wife, Eva Margaretha, born in 1734, and five daughters were with him on his journey to Anton. Anton was part of the Messer parish.  In 1856 a new church was built in the Kontor style of architecture (dictated by the Saratov Kontor, the office for administrating the colonies).  The former church is still standing and is now being used as a community cultural building. In 1798 there were 54 families in Anton with a total population of 356: 177 males and 179 females.  In 1834 there were 103 families and a total population of 988 (488 males and 500 females).  In 1857 there were 146 families with a total population of 1,690 (828 males and 862 females).

Mark this Date

Our next meeting will be June 13th, 10 AM at the Springville Community Presbyterian Church.
Address is:  245 South 200 East
                    Springville, UT

Everyone is to bring some kind snack.
We can take a quick break at noon.

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Outstanding News!

The supervisor of the B-1 floor has arranged for the following classes at the Family History Library.

June 24, Wednesday

1:00 Researching Volga Germans
2:00 Researching South Russian Germans
  • It is imperative that the classes are well attended.
Please make every effort to attend and bring family and friends. Future classes are being planned and this is an outstanding opportunity. Wear your GR shirts.  Perhaps we will also locate new members. Maybe we can do some research after the classes; come prepared. The library collection is continually growing, perhaps there is a book or census records that could be helpful to your research

Monday, April 13, 2015

Coming Right Up

Next meeting, Saturday, April 18, at 1:00 p.m. at the Sandy Library.

Bring empty ink cartridges and pictures for Pat and Shirley.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


This is to remind you of our next meeting February 7, at 1:00 pm, at the

Sandy Library, 10100 Petunia Way, 1300 South, Sandy.

Each member come with thoughts regarding

fund raising projects and recruitment activities.

Bring empty ink cartridges for Shirley,

Action:  Please let Dee know if you have subjects for the agenda or are presenting a program.

Upcoming Classes

RootsTech is February 12-14, link at

South Davis Family History Fair,Saturday, April 11. There are stairs and parking is a problem for late arrivals. Register at

FEEFHS, August 12-14, see info at

If you attend these classes wear your GR t-shirts and carry some business cards.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Presidents Message, December 2014

Thank you for the vote of confidence as President; I look forward to a continual learning environment and great memories.

I wish to thank our founding family. Special appreciation to Carol Harless and Shawnette Malan, it has been a pleasure and wonderful learning experience. Thank you for sharing your home and your hearts.  Carol predicted we would locate relatives and friends within the group; she possesses a most accurate insight.

I wish to thank our second Mr. and Mrs. President, Bill and Karen Dellos for their leadership, guidance as we planned the Utah convention and years of serving on the Board of Directors at Lincoln.

I wish to thank Sharon White, past President for her exemplary leadership and willingness to open her home to the chapter.  We all enjoyed her many informative presentations.

Annette Reynolds serves on the Foundation as a trustee, writing grants for the organization.  Thanks Annette for hosting our blog:

Pat and Shirley Ansley have consistently produced an outstanding newsletter.  Darrell Weber has willingly served as Treasure for several years.  Thanks you all.

Gratitude to new members accepting the position of Secretary is Adee Hacking and Vice President Fran Eickbush.  

Artistic talent from Shawnette Malan and Sharon White resulted in an outstanding tree donated to the 2014 Festival of Trees. 

Thank you all for being aware of the need to locate new members.  Keep your ears and eyes open while at the library and all other environments.

Thank you to the supportive spouses who attend meetings and offer positive suggestions. 

The Chapter has numerous members serving as Village Coordinators, thank you for your dedication and service.  Presently there are several villages without an active coordinator, please consider these projects or being an assistant.

I look forward to your suggestions and recommendations.  .

Dee Hert

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Festival of Trees

This new chapter adventure began with Shawnette Malan and Dee Hert attending a
required meeting at Primary Children’s Hospital. We took lots of notes and asked
questions regarding the strict requirements for the tree.We were both very impressed with the
organizational skills of the volunteers. It was obvious that they are knowledgeable, experienced, and
friendly- certainly an asset to Primary Children’s Hospital.  My first project was to reinforce the tree
joints, insert rebar, and apply clamps, liquid nails, cement, and tape.  The project was completed, and
then I realized the rebar was obvious. With some paint, moss and a glue gun the problem was solved.
The tree needed lights.  Sharon White spent hours placing the lights on the tree and following the
strict requirements. She wired each and every one of the 300 lights. My hands appreciated her
generous donation of time. Shawnette spent countless hours and miles locating the perfect ornaments
certainly a labor of love.  The time spent in preparation of the decorating was extensive. We placed
the tree on my kitchen table and the decorating commenced.  Shawwnette’s inspiration was
Gingerbread Men with a theme of “Sweetly German.” The project also required itemization of
expenses, writing a small tree story (including mention of the chapter blog) and creating a QR code
for additional advertising.  Our goal was to generate revenue for Primary Children’s Hospital and to
advertise AHSGR. Once the tree was decorated it was time to transport it to the Festival.  I decided
the only option was to place the tree in the back of a pickup. Son Todd drove, while husband Darrell
and I sat in the back and supported the tree.  I was grateful for the relatively nice weather, no
December blizzard.  We safely arrived at the site and unloaded the tree. After Shawnette worked her
magic again, the tree was completed and passed inspection. Our tree sold for $725.00, a small
contribution towards the million dollars typically generated by the Festival. We were asked if we
would do this project again; after a brief pause we said yes.
Respectfully Submitted
Dee Hert, President and Membership Chair
AHSGR Intermountain Chapter


The December 2014 German Christmas market was held Thursday, December 4th, through Saturday, December 6th, at This is the Place Heritage Park.

Carol Harles, Shawnette Malan, Sharon White and Dee Hert toured the facility, sampling the vendor food, the shopping, entertainment and childrens' activities.

We enjoyed the market so much that we were inspired to participate next year.  We have much planning to do but feel there is an opportunity to sell some sweets and drinks, and do some Chapter advertising.

We must submit to a jurying process in order to be selected but hope the German connection of the chapter will be an asset.

At a future Chapter meeting the subject will be discussed in detail.  I am hoping Chapter members will be interested in assisting.


Dee Hert


"Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given--when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes." - Joan Winmill Brown

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Chapter Christmas Party

What a fabulous day! Chapter members met for a holiday party with great company and lots of delicious German food. We had an ornament exchange as part of the fun. Chapter president, Dee Hert, brought frozen pies for a fund raiser. I couldn't wait to get home to bake my pie and hang my new ornaments. Many thanks to Sharon White for hosting us all at her beautiful home. More photos to come.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Experience an authentic German Christmas market in SLC: food, shopping, entertainment and children's activities.

Thursday, December 4 through Dec 6, at This is the Place Heritage Park. 11 am - 8 pm

Check It Out

Sending out a giant thank you to the chapter members who put in so much time and effort on this project...

The chapter tree is now at the South Town Mall for the Festival of the Trees.

I hope everyone will have a chance to see the chapter tree and to also enjoy all the other marvelous creations.  Remember this project is for Primary Children's Hospital.

Festival of Trees dates are Dec 3-610 am - 10 pm