Survey Results: Illinois

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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.


Illinois became a state on December 3, 1818. Prior to statehood, it was the Territory of Illinois (or Illinois Territory) between 1809 and 1818.

According to the survey, the earliest Germans from Russia to arrive in Illinois were immigrant Black Sea Germans from the Bessarabian colony of Sarata. They arrived in 1874 and settled in Brush Prairie just west of Akin, Illinois.

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

List of Places

There were 97 places in Illinois 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: Illinois,” last modified February 22, 2020,