Survey Results: Michigan

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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.


Michigan became a state on January 26, 1837. Prior to statehood, it was the Territory of Michigan (or Michigan Territory) between 1805-1837.

According to the survey, the earliest Germans from Russia to arrive in Michigan were immigrant Germans from Volhynia. The name of the colony they came from was not reported. They arrived in Detroit, Michigan in 1890.

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

List of Places

There were 72 places in Michigan 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: Michigan,” last modified February 22, 2020,