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Germans from Russia (Volga Germans)


Germans from Russia (Volga Germans)

For anyone who has ancestors, or is interested in those who emigrated from Germany to the Volga region of Russia. Also called Volga Germans.

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Latest Activity: Mar 2, 2014

Welcome to this group! We hope to discuss and share info on our families who emigrated from Germany to the Volga region of Russia and ultimately settled in the United States.

My paternal ancestors left Saxony, Germany in the mid 1700s and settled along the Volga River in the Saratov Province of Russia. Join me in this group and let's share all we can about those hardy pioneers.

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Links for Volga German web sites

Started by Becky Jamison. Last reply by Becky Jamison Nov 26, 2013. 2 Replies

Would love to find someone with common ground in G Russian families.

Started by Sally Davis, on the right. Last reply by Deborah Ann (Dorscher) Anderson Jul 13, 2009. 3 Replies

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Comment by Darin Grimsley on September 21, 2010 at 9:46am
My mom's side is 100% Volga German. Kramers-Schells from Sewalt and Kinderknecht-Gerstner from Marienthal. It appears that the Kramers were among the first settlers in Sewalt. Kinderknechts emmigrated from Blieskastell, Saarland, GER first to Louis then to Marienthal by 1780. The info I have on the Kramers is sketchy and not well documented at all prior to their arrival in Jan 1907.
Comment by Brandt Gibson on June 8, 2010 at 11:02am
My family wasn't technically Volga Germans, they were Volhynian, from the town of Uljanowka, near Zhitomir. My 3rd-great-grandfather, Ludwig Joseph, his wife Justine Witt, and their children Samuel, Gottlieb, Justine, and Wilhelmine, and their grandchildren, all emigrated over the course of several years to Manitoba, Canada. My branch of the family (Sam and his kids) only stayed there a couple years before moving to Anaconda, Montana.
Comment by Cathy Pfeifer-Croken on April 14, 2010 at 7:28am
I have discovered, via Google Search, that there was a Village of Pfeifer, on the Volga. This intrigues me because of my surname.

Any connections to: Pfeifer, Hohn (also: Hoehn, Hayne), or Schmidt?

My origins appear to be Weinheim, near Heidelberg, then Josefsberg, Galizia but it occurs to me to wonder about those who might have ventured further.
Comment by Becky Jamison on July 23, 2009 at 2:12pm
I posted a map on my blog that shows thh Volga German settlements in the US and Canada. Here's a link:
Comment by Storm Crow on July 18, 2009 at 12:59pm
Hi, I guess I ought to introduce myself- I go by Storm Crow. I am the niece of Emma Schwabenland Haynes, but unfortunately, the genealogy bug didn't hit me until after her death. Before you ask, I barely knew her and do NOT have access to her ground-breaking work. I do have the Schwabenland family photo album and will be posting some up- after my son teaches me how- again! Some of the photos are unidentified. My family settled on the west coast. The family names are Schwabenland, Miller, Kunzel/Kinzel, Giebelhaus, Steitz, Yost, Bier and Glanz. I belong to Ancestry, World Vital Records and a few other sites.
Comment by Sheri Fenley on July 16, 2009 at 1:14pm
My family is from the village of Obermonjou in the Volga river Valley. The entire village were Catholic Germans who came to Russia in 1746. In 1878 the entire village up and moved to the U.S. and founded the town of Munjor, Ellis County, Kansas. Beffort/Befort is my father's side of the family. Other names connected to the Beffort/Befort family are: Ernst, Stecklein, Goetz, Doerfler
Comment by Patrice Houck Schadt on July 15, 2009 at 7:28pm
Our "Schadt" and "Brum" families were in Schilling, Russia in 1764. They immigrated to the United States in the early 1900's and settled in Newark, Essex, NJ; Oswego, Oswego, NY; Lincoln, Nebraska, and Michigan.
Comment by Becky Jamison on July 11, 2009 at 10:34am
If you have a comment or question, please post it here. As we pick up on your comments and have answers for your questions, we'll move them to the Discussion Forum above.

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