Survey Results: Idaho

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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.


Idaho became a state on July 3, 1890. Prior to statehood, the state of Idaho today was a part if three different U.S. territories: the Territory of Idaho (1863–1890), the Territory of Oregon (1848-1859) and the Territory of Washington (1853–1889).

According to the survey, the earliest Germans from Russia to arrive in Idaho were immigrant Germans from the Bessarabian colony of Alt-Elft. They settled in American Falls, Idaho in 1905.

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

List of Places

There were 34 places in Idaho 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: Idaho,” last modified February 22, 2020,