Sunday, October 25, 2015

Center for Volga German Studies

The Center for Volga German Studies announces the following locations for the CVGS 250th Anniversary seminar series. 
Note the two events coming up next month in California and Colorado. Please join us for one or more of these events:

Fort Collins, Colorado (14 November 2015)
Fresno, California (21 November 2015)
Minneapolis, Minnesota (5 December 2015)
Austin, Texas (6-7 February 2016)
Scottsdale, Arizona (27-28 February 2016)
Leavenworth, Washington (27-29 April 2016)
Hays, Kansas (4 June 2016)
Fort Collins, Colorado (23 July 2016)
Sheboygan, Wisconsin (24-25 September 2016)
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (27-30 October 2016)

The 2-day events in Austin and Scottsdale are designed specifically for those interested in genealogy.             
For additional information about each event, please check the website:

Thursday, October 22, 2015

German American Society of Utah


Join us on the German National Day of Mourning (Memorial Day) as we pay tribute to the German

prisoners of war who died in Utah. The German Chorus Harmonie provides the music for this annual


Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 10:00 am

Ft. Douglas Cemetery – 32 Potter Street (corner of Wakara & Chipeta, U of U Campus)


Come and enjoy lunch and some entertainment that’s sure to help bring in the spirit of the season!

There is no cost, but we welcome your donations to help cover our expenses.

Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm

LDS Douglas Ward Building (German Speaking Ward) – 721 South 1200 East, SLC

RSVP to Baerbel Johnson at 801-520-7012

Weihnachtsmarkt Fundraiser

Imported goods from Germany arrive just in time for Christmas gatherings with family and friends.

Come early for lunch and help support our organization in raising operating funds for the year.

Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

All Saints Episcopal Church – 1710 South Foothill Blvd., SLC

Christmas Concert

Holiday memories will come alive at the annual Christmas Concert performed by the German Chorus.

Harmonie, the Kinderchor, and special musical guests.  This event is free, and is a fun family tradition.

Friday, December 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm

All Saints Episcopal Church - 1710 South Foothill Blvd., SLC

On the Lookout

Dee Hert is looking for youth programs- of particular interest are organizations that focus on youth and providing them valuable education.
  •  For example, the 4-H organization has a youth program and are very active in creating a healthy environment.  They also offer an excellent newsletter.
Please keep your ears and eyes open for such organizations. Her goal is to take the best from each organization and put it to good use with the GR community.

Try Out This Site


Germans from Russia
The local chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR) invite you to attend the Christkindlmarkt, at This is the Place Heritage Park
December 3, 4 and 5, 2015
Thursday, December 3rd: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday, December 4th: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday, December 5th: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
This Is The Place Heritage Park
(2601 E. Sunnyside Avenue SLC, UT 84108)

In an effort to promote this unique heritage, of the Germans from Russia, we are participating with the Christkindlmarkt and plan to sell unique Christmas items made in Russia, along with sweet treats.

This is an event for all 3-5 year old children. We will be learning how German 
children celebrate Christmas through stories, crafts, songs and yummy treats.
We invite you to bring your children or grandchildren to spend this time with
us while you go and enjoy the fun of Christkindlmarkt.
  • When: Thursday, December 3rd12:30-2:00 pm
  • Where: This Is The Place Heritage Park 
  • Smoot Hall Building
  • Cost: $15 per child
Space is limited, so please RSVP by contacting  
by November 24th.

We will also be visited by the Salt Lake City Christkind and even St. Nicholas!

Sunday, October 18, 2015


Dee Hert has a form from Brent Mai for the German Russian censuses. For some reason I was not able to link it on this blog, but thought you'd like to know about it. He has a new census--Kolb 1834.  Brent has done a lot of work for the GR community.  I am personally very grateful for the resources I've been able to purchase to aid me in my research.

Watch These Dates

Next chapter meeting is Saturday,October 24, at 10:00 a.m. at the Sandy Library.  You are welcome to arrive early.  Dee Hert is planning a genealogical meeting, so let her know your areas of interest.

Family History Library classes, floor B-1.  Thursdays from 10:00 to 2:00

October 29, Russian Language and Handwriting
Nov 5, Russian Research: Resources and Documents
Nov 12, Germans from Russia Research: Resources and Documents
Nov 19, Jewish Research in the Russian Empire: Resources and Documents.

All classes will be of great value to any of us who do research.  The topic may not be in your immediate area but we can always learning something of value.  If there is great interest the classes will continue, if not they may not be repeated or continued.  Please come and support us if at all possible.