Monday, August 3, 2015

More Pics From Billings

Our Intermountain Chapter president, Dee Hert, with her husband, Darrell.

Alton and Eleanor Sissell are new members of our chapter, and serve as staff at the LDS Family History Library is Salt Lake City, Utah.

Kenneth and Annette Reynolds, chapter and AHSGR members.

Below, Ron Brott and Sharon White, who both put in many hours serving as Village Coordinators for AHSGR.

Congratulations, Pat and Shirley Ansley

We are so proud of these two!  They received a special award at the AHSGR Convention in Billings, Montana, for the beautiful newsletter they put together each month for our Intermountain Chapter. Lest I get the information wrong, please check back as I update this post with more details...

August Meeting 2015

You are invited to attend the Intermountain Chapter meeting where you will hear from those persons attending the recent AHSGR Convention in Billings, Montana.

Saturday, August 8 
Sandy Library, 18100 Petunia (1300 South), Sandy, Utah
10:15 AM

Feel free to come a bit early as they often allow early access to the room. Remember, only bottled water allowed.

AHSGR Convention, Billings, Montana

What a wonderful convention.  It is always great to reconnect with people who share a common love for ancestors and our heritage.  As you can tell, there was plenty to keep us busy. Even if you don't polka, it's fun to listen to the music and watch others share their talent.  As always, the Intermountain Chapter had an awesome basket for the Silent Auction.  Thanks Billings!

Consider These Resources

Here is a description of a series of books that might aid you in locating the parish where a person's ancestors could
have attended church before emigrating to Russia and where some records might exist about them. This reference is from a posting on GER-VOLGA by Jerry Goertzen, 21 Nov 2010.

In his message Jerry wrote, "I usually use the German Guides to Parish Registers, by Kevan Hansen.  This was a series of books of all the German Kingdoms, etc. that show the Districts, Kreis and the Church Parishes for the different religions.  They also show the villages that belong to each Parish.  The series has completed 33 of the proposed 55 Volumes."

These books may be ordered from several sources including (some of the volumes) from Amazon. Jerry suggested ordering from Family Roots Publishing, . There you will find:

"A primary FRPC focus is on the publication of the Map Guide to German Parish Registers. This series stands currently at fifty and will reach fifty-five. Volume 50 - Map Guide to German Parish Registers, Pomerania II, is now
shipping. Please note that In addition to the Map Guides, we now distribute a large number of Germanic genealogy-related guides printed by other publishers, posted under the category of Foreign - Germany."

"The volumes are available in SLC at the Family History Center. I'm pretty sure they cannot be obtained via inter-library loan or from your local Family History library (when I last tried the answer was no). I used several of the volumes when I was in SLC for the AHSGR convention and found them useful for what I wanted (something to help me focus my search for my own family records). The volume titled Grandduchy of Hessen (Map Guide to German Parish Registers, Volume 1)"  Paperback - 2004  was very useful ($34.95 + shipping from Amazon.) They use to only be available in hardback for about $90 so paperback is a welcome change."