Survey Results: Florida

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Please note that the information presented here is only that which was reported in the survey from 2019 and does not include information or places reported in older published sources.


Florida became a state on March 3, 1845. Prior to statehood, it was known as the Territory of Florida (or Florida Territory) between 1822–1845.

According to the survey, descendants of Germans from Russia first arrived in 1926. First generation descendants from the Bessarabian colony of Beresina settled in Tampa, Florida.

There were immigrant Germans from Russia reported to have lived in Florida, but it appears they arrived later after having lived elsewhere first. There were also first, second, third, fourth and fifth generation descendants living there at some point.

List of Places

There were 42 places in Florida reported on the survey. Included below is the earliest year Germans from Russia reportedly arrived in each place. The "Germans from Russia Origins" column includes the region in Russia along with colony from which immigration took place, and/or the colony of immigrant's birth. The locations of the ancestral colonies today can be found on the Germans from Russia Settlement Locations map.


Cite This Page: Sandy Schilling Payne, “Survey Results: Florida,” last modified February 22, 2020,