Friday, June 11, 2021
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Friday, May 7, 2021
We as a group are very blessed and fortunate; we are also aware of others who have great needs. Tabitha's Way 2021 is in need of donations for the population they serve.
Sunday, February 21, 2021
The following two timelines are part of a presentation by Annette Adams, given at our latest Intermountain Chapter meeting. You will find the information helpful if you are researching ancestors who came through Lincoln, Nebraska, on their journey in America.
1762: Catherine the Great issues first manifesto inviting foreigners
to settle Russia. No response.
1763: The second Manifesto issued. Thousands of colonists come
1764- 1768: German colonies are founded along the Volga River.
1861: Emancipation Reform of 1861 in Russia abolishes serfdom.
1871: The Imperial Russian government repeals the manifestos
of Catherine the Great and Alexander I. The German colonists
were to lose their special status and privileges and become subject
to Russian military service after a ten-year grace period.
1872- 1873: Several groups emigrated from the Odessa area to
Nebraska and the Dakotas. Scouts from other Black Sea
colonies and the Volga Colonies investigate opportunities in
1874: The Imperial Russian government amends the 1871
decree and institutes compulsory military conscription
of German colonists immediately. 375,000- 400,000 died.
1914: World War I begins.
1917: Political unrest in Russia leads to two revolutions
and the beginning of Soviet communist rule.
1920- 1923: Famine in Russia. Over 150,000 Volga
Germans die of starvation.
1760s: Thirteen British Colonies contained 2.5 million people.
1776: Founding of America.
1860s - 1870s: Federal Policy favored immigration.
1862: Lincoln, Nebraska was founded on the wild salt marshes of Lancaster County.
1870: Burlington and Missouri River Railroad’s first train arrived June 26th.
1871: Midland Pacific
1872: Atchison and Nebraska
1872 – 1885: About 30 Germans from Russia arrived per year.
1877: Union Pacific
1886: Chicago and Northwestern and Missouri Pacific
1886 – 1887: Severe Winter of the Great Plains
1886 – 1892: Opportunities arose in America.
1892: Lincoln became a rail hub.
1893: Worldwide Economic Depression
1893: US Depression
1898: Floodgates opened with 100-576 Germans from Russian individuals
1907: Naturalization Records
1909 - 1913: 3000 Germans from Russia arrived.
1914: The First World War begins.
1919: The United States Government enacts strict immigration laws which
greatly slow the tide of immigrants. Canada continues to receive German
immigrants from Russia.
1920: End of German publications. Twenty-five percent of Lincoln population
are Germans from Russia.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Today I started reflecting and realized that I miss my Intermountain Chapter family. It's been such a crazy year, something out of the Twilight Zone or Jumanji. Spending so much time at home has made me aware that I need all of you and what you've added to my life. It has given me time to dig into my research and get to know my ancestors better. I have become grateful for all of you for the information you've shared with me.
If I'm honest, I had only small and occasional successes until I joined AHSGR. Without all the work of others, I'd still be stumbling around in the dark. Having the resources available through the organization has helped me locate censuses and church records. I better understand the social history of my people.
In a more personal way, even very brief associations have enriched my life and research. At the convention in Kansas, I met a man whose great-grandmother was a sister to my great-grandmother. I'd known of the sister and had so many questions. He filled in the story for me and went home for pictures that he gave to me for keeps. I discovered a distant relative, related through both my German Russian heritage and my LDS pioneers. What fun that was for me. One chapter member, Sharon White, is related through several lines. She freely shares information, allowing me to make breakthroughs. She and many others have contributed so much to other's research.
I could mention many chapter members who helped reorganize and bring back the Intermountain Chapter, but I'd surely miss someone. Please, know how much you are appreciated. Thanks for all of your continuing hard work and effort. I am anxious for the day that we can meet together in person and enjoy the fellowship face to face.
Before this all gets too sappy, I'll stop. Just a bit of information first. I've been using my time at home to take genealogy courses online through Salt Lake Community College. It's opened up some new interests and filled a lot of skill gaps for me. If you're looking for something extra, check into it. Even better, if you are of retirement age and live in Utah, classes cost a whopping $10 for a semester. Here's hoping that you stay healthy, happy, and productive.
Friday, October 9, 2020
The Genealogical Proof Standard is the process that genealogists follow to determine if they’ve done everything necessary for a credible work. There are five essential steps to this process.
1. Reasonably exhaustive research is completed.
2. Each fact has an accurate source citation.
3. The evidence is reliable, correlated, and interpreted carefully.
4. Any contradiction in evidence is resolved.
5. The conclusion is sound and written clearly.
This process helps the genealogist determine what they need to learn and how to approach problems in their research to come to a correct conclusion.
I want to share a methodology for reading a document. This is helpful when transcribing documents in a foreign language. A step by step procedure like this helps even those who are familiar with transcribing records.
1. Identify all the names in the document. This will be the easiest thing to do. I like to look for proper nouns that are capitalized, and names often look much the same in different languages.
2. Identify dates, beginning with the month followed by the day and year. (I didn’t realize that sometimes the day and year are written out and sometimes they aren’t.) This can be used as an answer key for how the letters were written in other words in the document.
3. Identify action verbs and relationship words such as married, born, and died.
4. Identify places. This is the most difficult because of all the variation. Use gazetteers, online maps, and Wikipedia articles to help with this.
An article was published in the Die Wilt Post, 1938, about the village of Anton.
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
This is a picture of my grandmother, Katharina Elisabeth Klamm Burghardt, born in Warenburg, Russia. The family was living in the Denver area at the time of her death in October of 1918. Her death was a result of the pandemic. It was during the second wave, between September and November of that year. It proved to be highly fatal in the United States, with 195,000 deaths in October alone. My father was only two years old, and she left behind her husband and ten children. As I've followed my family's story through the years, it is apparent how much that changed the world for them and their descendants. That's just one family out of the millions of deaths.
The pandemic we are now experiencing has made me desire collecting the stories of my family. I'd be happy to post any stories you'd like to share as well. If you'd like to submit, please, send them to me.