Survey Results: Kansas

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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.


Kansas became a state on January 29, 1861. Prior to statehood, it was known as the Territory of Kansas (or Kansas Territory) between 1854–1861.

According to the survey, the earliest Germans from Russia to arrive in Kansas were Black Sea immigrants from the Molotschna colony of Elisabethal. They settled in Buhler, Kansas in 1874.

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

List of Places

There were 121 places in Kansas 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: Kansas,” last modified February 22, 2020,