Survey Results: Indiana

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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.


Indiana became a state on December 11, 1816. Prior to statehood, it was known as the Territory of Indiana (or Indiana Territory) between 1800–1816.

According to the survey, the earliest Germans from Russia to arrive in Indiana were second generation Volga Germans from the colony of Grimm. They arrived in 1935 and settled in Valparaiso, Indiana.

There were no immigrant Germans from Russia reported to have lived in Indiana. There were, however, first, second, third, fourth and fifth generation descendants living there at some point.

List of Places

There were 17 places in Indiana 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: Indiana,” last modified February 22, 2020,