Survey Results: Utah

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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.


Utah became a state on January 4, 1896. Prior to statehood, it was the Territory of Utah (or Utah Territory) between 1850 and 1896.

According to the survey, the earliest Germans from Russia to settle in what would become the state of Utah were second generation descendants of Volga Germans from the colony of Merkel. They settled in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory in 1893.

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

List of Places

There were 20 places in Utah 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: Utah,” last modified February 22, 2020,