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Title:
Germans from Russia Heritage Society, Alberta Chapter fonds

Date(s):
1981-2007

Physical Description:
1.13 m of textual records. - 18 audio cassettes. - 1 video cassette. - 1 compact disc

History:
The Alberta Chapter of the Germans from Russia Heritage Society was established in 1981, for both educational and social purposes The aim of the society was "to bring together people who are interested in discovering the common history unique to Germans from Russia, and to preserve the many elements of their rich heritage". Frank Senger was the first President and Betty Lang the secretary. The society kept a genealogical research library which housed extensive family histories and other records. One of the ongoing projects of society members George Dorscher and Dennis Seher was to record arrivals to Canada of Germans from Russia by both sea and land. In 1984 the Alberta Chapter hosted the GRHS International Convention in Calgary, the first time the conference had been held in Canada. The society folded in 2007.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of incorporation documents and bylaws, proceedings of annual general meetings, newsletters, family histories, passenger ship and border crossings lists (especially North Portal, Saskatchewan), records of the 1984 GRHS International Convention, and miscellaneous family letters and interviews. Family histories for the following families are in the fonds: Boechler, Bosch, Boser, Brittner, Brockel, Dell, Eherman, Fauth, Flemer, Friet, Ginther, Goetz, Hauck, Jaufmann, Kienzie, Lang, Leno, Ley, Levi (Levie), Materi (Materie), Mock, Moldenhauer, Moser, Ohlhauser, Pfaff, Reib, Richter, Riehl, Schafer, Scharbach, Schlenker, Schmidt, Schmoll, Schopp, Seibold, Seher, Senger, Torscher (Dorscher), Wald, Wangler, Weiss, Weninger, and Zeiler.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of the Alberta Chapter, Germans from Russia Heritage Society, via George Dorscher, 2007.

Language:
The material is in English, German, Russian, and the Yagoda language.

Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

View finding aid / scanned documents:
http://www.glenbow.org/collections/search/findingAids/archhtm/grhs.cfm

Related:
Published material related to Germans from Russia are held by the Glenbow Library. The records of the Calgary Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia are also held at Glenbow.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-9225

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