Survey Results: Minnesota

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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.


Minnesota became a state on May 11, 1858 . Prior to statehood, it was the Territory of Minnesota (or Minnesota Territory) between 1849-1858.

According to the survey, the earliest Germans from Russia to arrive in Minnesota were immigrant Black Sea Germans from the Molotschna colonies of Paulsheim and Schardau. They arrived in Mountain Lake, Minnesota in 1875.

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

List of Places

There were 62 places in Minnesota 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: Minnesota,” last modified February 28, 2020,