Survey Results: Wisconsin

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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 Wisconsin became a state on May 29, 1848. Prior to statehood, it was the Territory of Wisconsin between 1836 and 1848.

According to the survey, the earliest Germans from Russia to settle in Wisconsin were immigrant Germans from the Vistula colony of Torun in Congress Poland (Russian Poland). They settled in Watertown, Wisconsin in 1872.

Immigrant Germans from Russia and first, second, third, fourth and fifth generation descendants were reported as having lived in Wisconsin.

List of Places

There were 105 places in Wisconsin 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: Wisconsin,” last modified February 22, 2020,