Survey Results: North Dakota

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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.

North Dakota

North Dakota became a state on November 2, 1889 along with its neighboring state South Dakota. Prior to statehood, both were a part of the Territory of Dakota (or Dakota Territory) between 1861-1889.

According to the survey, the earliest Germans from Russia to arrive in what would become North Dakota were immigrant Black Sea Germans from the Crimean colony of Heilbrunn. They settled in Freeman, Dakota Territory (North Dakota) in 1874.

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

List of Places

There were 165 places in North Dakota 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: North Dakota,” last modified March 3, 2020,