Survey Results: Montana

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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.


Montana became a state on November 8, 1889. Prior to statehood, it was known as the Territory of Montana (or Montana Territory) between 1864–1889.

According to the survey, the earliest Germans from Russia to arrive in Montana were immigrant Black Sea Germans from the Beresan colony of Landau. They settled in Glendive, Montana in 1901.

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

List of Places

There were 44 places in Montana 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: Montana,” last modified February 22, 2020,