Project: Volga German

Categories: Volga German Project

Herzlich Willkommen!
Welcome to the Volga German Project!



Project Objective

The objective of the Volga German Project, a sub-project of the German Roots Project is to use the collaborative powers of WikiTree to collect, organize, and trace the information of those families into one, easily referenced, location. Our dream is to trace families alive today beyond their Mid-Western present, through their colonial days in Russia, and back to the regions in Germany where they originated. We realize that this will take much work and diligence on the part of the Project Members. But we are willing and able to carry it out!

If you'd like to know more about the Volga Germans, see The History of the Volga Germans.

German: Wolgadeutsche or Russlanddeutsche

Russian: Povolzhskie nemtsy


How to Participate volga_german.gif

If you would like to be involved in the Volga German Project, please do the following:

  1. Add volga_german to your list of followed tags. That way you'll see all our discussions in your G2G Feed.
  2. Ask Jacqueline Clark to award you the Volga German Project Member badge.
  3. Add your name to the list below, along with a note about what you're working on in this project right now (please also include which colony villages your family is from, if you know).



Copy and paste the following template onto profiles who settled or were born in the Volga German colony villages of Russia:

{{Volga German}}

Project Goals

  1. Project Category [[Category:Volga German Project]] applied to all profiles that belong in the project.
  2. Apply Volga German template {{Volga German}} to all profiles that belong in the project.
  3. All profiles are well-sourced and have a well-written biography according to WikiTree's Style Guide.


Project Members

This is what our members are working on right now:

  • Russ Gunther (Volga German project coordinator) -Working on: adding all the 106 colony village names and free-space page for each so that all your VG ancestors can have their colony village interactively linked on their profile! (Dechants & Leikers of Obermonjou, Wasingers of Schönchen, Bach of Graf, Koenig & Liepfried of Wittmann, others of Schaffhausen, & Rohleder ...immigration to Ellis County, Kansas)
  • Lana H (Volga German project assistant) -Working on: ___
  • Sharon A. -Working on: ___ (Hopp family from Frank ...immigration to Odessa, Washington)
  • Carole L. -Working on: Toepfer's in Wisconsin-"Conquering the Wind"
  • DeenaKay -Working on: volga_germans from Ellis County, Kansas
  • Adam McQuery Benzel & Rogel families from Neu Messer, Kolb & Saratov
  • Jerry B. - Working on the Volga Germans from the Catholic Colonies along the Volga that settled in Ellis County, Kansas. (Katharinenstadt, Herzog, Graf, Rohleder)
  • Sarah Mason -Working on Dietrich family, who immigrated from Balzer to Lancaster County, Nebraska


German History and how it relates to Understanding and Researching your German Family History

  • (coming soon!)

Volga German Colony Villages

  • We have a fantastic table with the Colony villages with links to their free-space information pages

Map plats and satelite images Germans from Russia Settlement Locations [1]

Helpful Links

  • Google translator - translate words, or cut and paste a sentence, or translate an entire webpage
  • Volga German Origins[2]
  • - I realize most of our cemeteries in the Volga colony villages are no longer marked, but this is a great resource especially for researching descendants and memorializing our family members...and often I am able to locate and contact living cousins who leave virtual flowers on memorials!

Facebook Groups

  • Volga German Colony Village Groups or Pages:
[ Frank-Kolb Russia Database
Graf, Volga (60 members)
Obermonjou, Volga Germans (227 members)

  • Volga German descendants Groups:
Unsere Leute of Ellis County Kansas (304 members)
Germans from Russia in Arizona (40 members)

Facebook Volga German Pages:
Germanic Genealogy Society
Wolgadeutsche unbekannte Wörter und mehr
[ American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR)
[ Germans from Russia Heritage Society
Germans from Russia Foodways and Traditions

Articles about Volga Germans

YouTube videos about Volga Germans

  3. Documentary
  4. Returnees to Germany
  5. Why some stayed in Russia
  6. polka

Notable Volga German descendants

  • Henry John Deutschendorf Jr (professional name John Denver) (1943-1997) American musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, activist, actor, and humanitarian
  • Lawrence Welk (1903-1992) American musician, band leader, and television show host (actually Odessa German heritage)


Volga German memorials & monuments

American Volga Relief Society (1921-1938)

  • American Volga Relief Society (1921-1938) material relates to the starvation of the Volga German colonists in Russia, and the efforts of the AVRS to supply food and other aid to the region (the bulk of the materials are dated 1921-1925, the most intensive years of the Russian famine). (AHSGR Anerican Historical Society of Germans from Russia)

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