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.
October 23, 2021 @ 2 pm
St. Michael's Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall (next to Concordia University) 6700 NE 29th Ave, Portland, OR
Join us to explore the history of Black Sea Germans (in areas that are now Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, and Georgia). We’ll discuss the complex history of German settlers in this area, including the waves of migration to the region, as well as migration patterns and deportations that resulted in their leaving.
Did you know that a 10-mile distance between Black Sea villages can radically change the types of records available to find your Black Sea ancestors? We’ll discuss why this occurred and some of the best resources to use in finding your Black Sea German ancestors.
Carolyn Schott is the author of Visiting Your Ancestral Town, a result of her passion for genealogy and for travel. After numerous visits to ancestral villages in Germany, Ukraine, Poland, Moldova, and Hungary, she wanted to share with others how to get the most out of a trip to explore one’s family roots.
Last updated October 9, 2021.