The American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR) is an
international organization dedicated to the discovery, collection,
preservation, and dissemination of information related to the history, cultural
heritage and genealogy of Germanic Settlers in the Russian Empire and their
Internet technology now permits SOAR to provide the broad dissemination of many
of the AHSGR records and to implement the SOAR vision to provide KEYWORD /
SOUNDEX access to AHSGR information. Here you will find obituaries, census and
cemetery records, family group cards, maps, newspapers, photos, reference
books, surname charts and AHSGR publications (Newsletters, Journals, Clues and
Information is available for persons from multiple German Russian regions,
including Volhynia, Black Sea, Volga, Ukraine, Poland, Bessarabia, and Caucasus
and includes obituaries from all 50 states, especially those with large
concentrations of Germans from Russia such as North Dakota, South Dakota,
California, Colorado, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon,
Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, and countries such as Argentina,
Brazil, Germany and Canada.
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SOAR information can be searched by keyword or any combination of keywords,
including and/or searches utilizing SOUNDEX. With SOUNDEX, words do not have to
be spelled exactly as indexed, but can sound like words indexed in our
databases. Keywords can be names of persons, places, etc. The obituary database
was indexed with keywords such as surname, given name, locations of events such
as birth and death, plus significant dates such as birth, marriage, immigration
or death. In addition to search by keyword, many databases allow from and to
date range searches by publication date and in some cases by birth and death
dates. The databases are updated daily as new files are made available.
To view information about our available / searchable databases, choose a
database from the list below and click on the “Go” link.
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(version 6 or higher) and for Macintosh users Firefox (version 12.0 or higher)
are the only recommended browsers for use with SOAR. Users with the Vista and
WIndows 7 operating system must disable the User Access Control (UAC) when
operating with SOAR (see the SOAR FAQ for an explanation of how to disable
Searching our databases is a free resource for AHSGR
members and non-members. Electronic images of the actual records are available
for purchase according to our member or non-member fee structures. The fees are
for the cost of the preparation, indexing, search and download functions for
the records. To view our member and non-member fee structures,
Click Here or
on the “SOAR Fee Structure” link on the navigation bar on the left side of this
To become a member of AHSGR and be eligible for the member fee structure on all
purchases, and enjoy all the benefits of our AHSGR members, please
Click Here or
on the “AHSGR Membership” link in the navigation bar to learn more about
becoming a member. If you are a current member of AHSGR and have not requested
your User ID and Password, send an e-mail message to
request them. Be sure to include your name and mailing address for verification
purposes. The information will be e-mailed to you within approximately 10 days.
To visit the AHSGR Home Page,
Click Here or
on the "AHSGR Home" link in the navigation bar.
To begin searching our SOAR databases,
Click Here or on the "Search SOAR" link in the navigation
Copyright law strictly prohibits distributing any parts of a surname chart digital download without explicit license by the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia.
One copy of a surname chart download may reside on a single computer at the download designated site in addition to a backup copy. Copyright notices must not be removed from any component of the surname chart if present.
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