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Origins
      Those who are included in the Center's definition of "Volga German" originated from a variety of places in Europe. Determining that place of origin can be a very difficult task. The Holy Roman Empire was actually made up of hundreds of small kingdoms, principalities, duchies, counties, Free Imperial Cities, and a host of other geographic entities, many not contiguous to other parts of the same entity.
      Some of those who came to be known as the Volga Germans actually came from France, Sweden, Hungary, Poland, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, or England. Yet another group were actually ethnic Germans, but they had settled earlier in Denmark before immigrating to Russia.
      The surnames of those families for which origins have been reported to the Center for Volga German Studies can be located through the Alphabetic Surname List above.
Resources for Finding German Origins
  • Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-Lexicon des Deutschen Reichs, 1912-1913. Vol. 1 (A-K), Vol. 2 (L-Z)
  • German Migration to the Russian Volga 1764-1767: Origins and Destinations by Brent Alan Mai and Dona Reeves-Marquardt
  • Transport of the Volga Germans from Oranienbaum to the Colonies on the Volga 1766-1767 by Brent Alan Mai
  • The Emigration from Germany to Russia in the Years 1763 to 1862 by Karl Stumpp
  • Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 (Immigration to the Volga Region, 1764-1767) Vols. 1-4 by Igor Pleve
  • Surname Charts (AHSGR)
  • German Origins Project (AHSGR)
  • Last updated 9 January 2014.
    18th Century Germany
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    Source: Hoeckmann.de

    Historic Map of Hesse


    Map of Isenburg Area (1700s)