Thank you for your interest in the Oregon Chapter of The American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR). Our organization is a resource for learning about the rich history and heritage of this ethnic group.
Migrating primarily from the German speaking areas of Western Europe beginning in the 1760's, these colonists settled in many parts of the Russian Empire where they built stable communities, established farms, churches, schools and businesses in their new homeland.
In the late 19th century, many of these ethnic Germans looked to the Americas to find new opportunities, escape political repression and preserve their way of life. By the early 1880's these pioneers were moving west and many made their new homes in the Pacific Northwest. The Germans from Russia became an integral part of the diverse fabric of Oregon and Southwest Washington.
We hope that you will join us to explore the culture, history and heritage of the Germans from Russia and become active in its preservation.
Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Shattering Brick Walls - The Harold and Loretta Kammerzell Story
Up until the past year, Harold and Loretta Kammerzell had very limited information about their ancestors. Both had names and some dates associated with their grandparents, but little more. Utilizing their expert research skills and recently discovered sources of information, Roger Burbank and Herb Femling shattered Harold and Loretta's brick walls and took them back as far as 11 generations (to the early 1600's) on their family trees. Please join us to hear this fascinating story and gain inspiration to break through your brick walls!
This program will be held at The Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University which is located on the third floor of the George R. White Library and Learning Center.
Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Professional genealogist, Tricia Oberndorf, and Oregon Chapter member Rhoda Collier will make a presentation titled "Germans From Russia to America: Connecting the Dots" and discuss their work tracing Rhoda’s family roots from Germany to Russia, Canada and the USA.
Last updated April 19, 2016