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Between the years of 1764 - 1766 many German immigrants settled the steppes of the Russian Volga area.  104 colonies were established on both sides of the Volga River Bank.

Some 100 years later, German settlers along the Volga River elected five men to act as scouts to investigate land in Nebraska.  Those pictured  below are: Peter Leiker (Obermunjou), Peter Stecklein (Zug), Anton Wasinger (Schoenchen), Nicholas Schamne (Graf), and Jacob Ritter (Luzern).  These five men left Obermunjou, Russia in 1874.  They soon returned to Russia with a favorable report.  Colonists would then leave the following year, 1875 and ultimately settling in Ellis County, Kansas.

American Historical Society of Germans From Russia (AHSGR)

Is an international organization dedicated to the discovery, collection, preservation, and the dissemination of information related to the history, cultural heritage, and genealogy of Germanic settlers in the Russian Empire and their descendants.

Hays, Kansas
Sunflower Chapter of AHSGR

This is the local Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans From Russia.

Interested in knowing more about your heritage, come join us! Click on the Sunflower above to find out more!

I hope that thsi site will increase your interest of the Germans from Russia (Volga Germans) abd that you will find many sources of information to help you on your journey.  If you have any questions please feel free to use the question box below ~ Kevin Rupp

Casper Rupp, Sr.
Born in obermunjor, Russia 

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