UPDATE FROM Curtis Mertz GRHS President

Dear GRHS Members,

Due to COVID-19 and the well being of GRHS staff:
GRHS Headquarter Hours will be 9:00 am CST to 2:00 pm CST
Anyone entering headquarters needs to wear a mask. One will not be provided for you.

GRHS 2020 50th Anniversary Convention is Canceled!

The Board of Directors approved canceling the Convention for 2020 due to COVID - 19 as well as concern for the Safety and Well being of GRHS Members.
New dates and locations will be announced shortly when contracts are finalized with the hotels.


The 2021 Convention is tentatively scheduled for

21-24 July 2021

at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center

Bismarck, North Dakota

Hosted by your Board of Directors



Nominations to the Board of Directors will close June 1, 2020.
Anyone interested in being on the GRHS board should contact Betty Nordeng at bnordeng@willowriv.com or Rachel at GRHS Headquarters at rachel.grhs@midconetwork.com.
Election for Directors to the Board will be held via Survey Monkey this year.
Those WITHOUT email will be able to vote by calling headquarters during a set time frame.
Watch for further information in the next issue of the GRHS Newsletter. Thanks and stay safe during this trying time.

Curtis Mertz
GRHS President
April 20, 2020

Attention Members: Now is the time to vote for 5 members onto the Board of Directors!


Due to unforseen circumstances, the update of our web site is taking longer than expected. 

You will find broken links until the problem is solved. Thank you for your patience.


The GRHS has a new publication ready for sale:

Rastadt Roman Catholic Parish Death Register December 1814 - December 1850 - a project of Germans from Russia Heritage Society, coordinated by the GRHS Clearing House, April 2020 

Member Price: $20.00 | Non-member price – $40.00

Includes index. Soft cover - 63 pages.

It isn't available in the bookstore listings yet, but you can call Rachel at GRHS or send her an email to order your copy!


The GRHS has a new publication ready for sale:
RASTADT ROMAN CATHOLIC PARISH CHURCH BAPTISMS 1815 - 1830  - a project of Germans from Russia Heritage Society, coordinated by the GRHS Clearing House, January 2020  Includes index.  Soft cover.  
Member Price - $25.00  
Non-member price – $50.00




The Society functions as a non-profit, non-denominational, non-political organization, incorporated under the laws of the State of North Dakota. Its aims are educational and social. Its purpose is to bring together people who are interested in discovering the common history unique to Germanic-Russian ethnics and to preserve the many elements of their rich heritage.

The Society collects, lists, and catalogues published materials and personal documents that tell of the European migrations and exodus to the United States and Canada and also of the pioneer life on the plains. These materials can be read and researched in our library at 1125 W. Turnpike Ave., Bismarck, ND 58501. This library at our International Headquarters in Bismarck contains many books and magazines dealing with our ancestors.