Survey Results: Iowa

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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.


Iowa became a state on December 28, 1846. Prior to statehood, it was known as the Territory of Iowa (or Iowa Territory) between 1838–1846.

According to the survey, the earliest Germans from Russia to arrive in Iowa were immigrant Volga Germans from the colony of Norka. They arrived in 1876 and settled in Kellogg, Iowa.

Immigrant Germans from Russia along with their first, second, third and fourth generation descendants were reported to have lived in Iowa.

List of Places

There were 27 places in Iowa 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: Iowa,” last modified February 22, 2020,