Monday, June 17, 2019

Family History Classes

Here are the first in a series of specially designed classes for our Germans from Russia research.  

If the library see's we are serious about this type of research, it will continue. If n they will redirect their efforts.

18 June, Germans from Russia, Emigration from Germany to Russia

16 July, Germans from Russia, Locating the Town with Websites and Gazetteers

Hopefully, some of you can take advantage of this opportunity!

Sunday, June 2, 2019


For those of you who appreciate maps as much as I do, you will find this link interesting.  The maps are part of the Salt Lake County Digital Archives.

Updates for Your Calendar

June 15, Chapter Picnic

July 23-27, AHSGR Convention

Aug 3-4, North Dakota GR Convention

Aug 6-10, East European Research Conference (research at the FHL)  
Early bird registration open now.

Aug 17, 10:00, Chapter meeting at Sandy Library

January 12-17, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. 

May 2019, Village Coordinator of the Month

Shari Stone
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.” 

Annotated Inventory of the Cases Handled by the Saratov Office of Foreign Settlers

Annotated Inventory of the Cases Handled by the Saratov Office of Foreign Settlers
Edited by I.R. Pleve
Translated into 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.

Dee Hert
Chapter Membership and Activities Chair

New Records, April 2019

FamilySearch has expanded their free online archives with an astounding 47.4 million new indexed family history records from all over the world. Also, check out the FamilySearch Blog. Use these wonderful resources!

Keep Track of Chapter Activities

President Shari Stone requested we keep track of all our chapter activities for the year.

These activities include:

Time spent on the newsletter, blog, Facebook, chapter agenda, scheduling meetings, advertising, etc.

Time spent working with chapter members and interested individuals on genealogy and family history.

Preparation time for classes at the Family History Library.

Projects for AHSGR and other similar organizations.

Chapter meetings and projects (minutes, budget, membership, Idaho project, distributing flyers, grant project.)

You will be surprised at how much time is spent on this important work.  If you have questions, please feel free to ask.

Write several articles for the newsletter, blog, and Facebook, then log your time. If you need a project call Dee.

If you need a form, contact Dee Hert.

Thanks for the support.

Your Help is Needed

I am asking you all to assist in gathering names of individuals and companies who may be inclined to donate to an education project.

Goal: To obtain funds for the purchase of numerous records in Russia and their translation.

This project has several steps, but first I need a long list of potential donors.

Possible names are noted at the end of educational television programs, such as Finding Your Roots, UEN programs, etc.  Keep this project in the back of your mind while reading newspaper articles; Utah has several generous individuals.  

Organizations may list specific projects or purposes, but do not eliminate their potential.
Think globally when gathering this data.

Thanks for your assistance, and keep track of your time.

Contact me with questions.

Dee Hert
Chapter Membership and Activities Chair

Saturday, January 26, 2019


RootsTech 2019

February 27- March 2, 2019

Chapter Meeting

Saturday, Feb. 2 at 10:00, Sandy Library
10100 S Petunia Way

We have a wonderful surprise guest speaker for this meeting.

Hope to see you there!

Another Generation of Germans from Russia


Christmas Party

We had a wonderful get together for Christmas, with good food and Folk Dance Utah's great entertainment.  Special thanks to Pat and Shirley Ansley for the meat and the facilities.  Also, thanks to the Springville Community Presbyterian Church for letting us use their beautiful church. Chapter members collected toys and books that were donated to Toys for Tots, sponsored by the US Marine Corps Reserve. It's always special when we can meet and enjoy one another's company.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Chapter News

Plans are underway for the chapter to gather for the annual Christmas Party. Saturday Dec. 8, early arrivals 10:00, eat around 12:00.
It will be held at the Springvillle Community Presbyterian Church.

A ham will be provided, along with rolls. 

We are gathering toys for the Toy for Tots program.  Do not wrap you donation, you may donate wrapping paper if  you wish.

Next chapter meeting will be at the Sandy Library Feb. 2, 10:00.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Germanic Genealogy Journal, Vol. 20, No.3 Fall 2017

“There Once Was a Town,” by Roger P. Minert, PhD., A.G.
There simply must be something left – a foundation, broken bricks, cobblestone, something.  The search for his friend’s family (Fred Froehlich of Logan, Utah) in the Bavarian village of Silberhof was challenging. Records were not available.   Extensive searching of various maps indicated where the village had once existed.
The German government had ordered evacuations of the 40 square mile area so the U.S. Army could establish a training area in 1938. The Wildflecken Training Range was occupied by the Army as part of their South German occupation zone and used as a gunnery range until 1994.
The Wildflecken Training Area is located directly north of Bad Bruckenau and immediately west of Wildflecken. It is 30 miles east-northeast of Frankfurt/Main, 25 miles north of Wurzburg, and 14 miles south-southeast of Fulda. The area measurers 7.08 miles north-south and 6.92 miles east-west at the widest points. The official location of Silberhof is 9 degrees, 52 minutes East longitude and 50 degrees, 22 minutes North latitude.
Towns within the Widflecken Training Area include; Altglashutten, Borrenberg, Ebertshof, Kippelbach, Neuglashutten, Reussendorf, Rotherain, Schmelzhof, Silberhof, and Werberg.
Apparently the phenomenon of disappearing villas was common. Fortunately in most cases the records of parish churches or civil registrars in those towns still exist and the work of compiling family histories can continue.
A list is being compiled of towns, villages, and settlements in the Federal Republic that have been removed from the maps – literally destroyed without a trace
Dr. Minert details his consultation with experts at the FHL, libraries around the U.S. and Germany and numerous publications.

Germanic Genealogy Society, PO Box 16312, St. Paul, MN  551116-0312
Thanks for the support.
Dee Hert
Membership Chair


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