Survey Results: Oregon

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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.


Oregon became a state on February 14, 1859. Prior to statehood, it was part of the Oregon Territory (1848-1859).

According to the survey, the earliest Germans from Russia to settle in Oregon were first generation descendants of Volga Germans from the colony of Norka. They arrived in Portland, Oregon in 1888.

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

List of Places

There were 58 places in Oregon 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: Oregon,” last modified February 22, 2020,