Survey Results: Pennsylvania

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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.


The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania became a state on December 12, 1787. Prior to statehood, it was the Province of Pennsylvania (an English and later a British colony) between 1682-1776.

Pennsylvania is better known for its Germans from Germany, with the very first German colony, named Germantown, settled in 1683 by Mennonites and Quakers from the Rhineland. But Germans from Russia also settled there. According to the survey, the earliest Germans from Russia to settle in Pennsylvania were immigrant Volga Germans from the colony of Semenovka. They arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1907.

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

List of Places

There were 21 places in Pennsylvania 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.


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Sandy Schilling Payne, “Survey Results: Pennsylvania,” last modified February 22, 2020,