The Mission of the Sacramento Valley Chapter of Germans from Russia (SVCGR) is to promote and support genealogical research of Germans from Russia. The SVCGR organization is devoted to developing our community through connecting, uniting, and organizing essential resources to benefit the membership, helping them to achieve their genealogical goals.
Catherine the Great's Manifesto
The Germans from Russia story begins in 1762 the Manifesto issued by Russia's Catherine the Great. Migrations of Germans to Russia were many and by the end of the 19th century, there were about 1.8 million Germans living in Russia. By 1872, the Germans in Russia began to emigrate to the United States and Canada.
This is the Sacramento Valley Chapter of Germans from Russia. Chartered by AHSGR and GRHS national organizations.
SVCGR is chartered by the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR) and the Germans from Russia Heritage Society (GRHS) national organizations. It is a local non-profit educational organization primarily engaged in researching Germans from Russia history.
The SVCGR organization maintains a website that is comprised of links and information that can be useful to a genealogist searching their German roots. In additional to the website, the chapter produces a bi-monthly newsletter of personal stories of interest and other chapter news.
The SVCGR organization meets quarterly at a membership meeting where educational programs are presented. These programs strive to provide and guide the members in their quest to further their knowledge of Germans from Russia. Additionally, these programs suggest and review useful research tools and processes. Programs strive to introduce the latest sources of genealogical data that can be useful to the membership.
Research Your Heritage
Brief Chapter History
The American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR) was formed in 1968.
The Germans from Russia Heritage Society (GRHS) was formed in 1971.
The Sacramento Valley Chapter (SVC) was chartered by AHSGR in 1974.
In 1995, AHSGR chartered the California District Council as a California-wide governing body consolidating all Northern, Central, and Southern California chapters under it.
The former Sacramento Chapter of GRHS merged with the AHSGR SVC chapter November 2018. New Officers and Board members were elected December 2018 which consisted of members from both local organizations. The name changed to Sacramento Valley Chapter of Germans from Russia (SVCGR) as the result of the new merged organization.