Survey Results: Ohio

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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.


Ohio became a state on March 1, 1803. Prior to statehood, it was part of the the Territory Northwest of the River Ohio (or Northwest Territory) between 1787-1803.

According to the survey, the earliest Germans from Russia to settle in Ohio were immigrant Germans from Vistula colonies of Chelpowo and Sarnowo in Congress Poland (or Russian Poland). They settled in Cleveland, Ohio in 1902. Earlier than that, the survey also reported that there were Germans from the Austria-Hungary Empire who settled in Canton, Ohio in 1895. They came from the village of Almen in Transylvania, Romania.

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

List of Places

There were 21 places in Ohio 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: Ohio,” last modified February 22, 2020,