Survey Results: South 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.

South Dakota

South Dakota became a state on November 2, 1889 along with its neighboring state North 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 South Dakota were immigrant Black Sea Germans from the Beresan colony of Worms. They settled in Tyndall, Dakota Territory (South Dakota) in 1873.

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

List of Places

There were 95 places in South 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: South Dakota,” last modified February 22, 2020,