Survey Results: Oklahoma

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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.


Oklahoma became a state on November 16, 1907. Prior to statehood, it was a part of both the Territory of Oklahoma (or Oklahoma Territory, 1890-1907) and Indian Territories (1834-1907).

According to the survey, the earliest Germans from Russia to settle in Oklahoma were Oklahoma was still a territory. When land was opened up for settlement in 1889, there was a land rush to Oklahoma. Among those to show up early were immigrant and first generation descendants of Volga Germans in 1892. Those from the colony of Walter settled in Enid, Oklahoma Territory, while others from the colony of Shcherbakovka settled in River Township, Oklahoma Territory.

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

List of Places

There were 52 places in Oklahoma 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: Oklahoma,” last modified February 22, 2020,