Volga Germans- Background

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Background

The Volga Germans (German: Wolgadeutsche or Russlanddeutsche, Russian: Povolzhskie nemtsy) were ethnic Germans living along the River Volga in the region of southern European Russia around Saratov and to the south. Recruited as immigrants to Russia in the 18th century, they were allowed to maintain German culture, language, traditions and churches. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, many Volga Germans emigrated to the Midwestern United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and other countries.

After the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941 during World War II, the Soviet government considered the Volga Germans potential collaborators and transported them wholesale to labour camps, where many died. After the war, it expelled some ethnic Germans to the West. In the late 1980s, many of the remaining ethnic Germans moved from the Soviet Union to Germany.

Project Stats

Statistic Type Count
Big Y 6
Combined GEDCOMs Uploaded 46
DISTINCT mtDNA Haplogroups 64
DISTINCT Y-DNA Confirmed Haplogroups 37
DISTINCT Y-DNA Predicted Haplogroups 0
Family Finder 119
Genographic 2.0 Transfers 9
Maternal Ancestor Information 132
mtDNA 97
mtDNA Full Sequence 55
mtDNA Plus 85
mtDNA Subgroups 12
Paternal Ancestor Information 153
Predicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 15
Total Members 203
Unpredicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 0
Unreturned Kits 17
WTY 2
Y-DNA Deep Clade (After 2008) 13
Y-DNA Deep Clade (Prior to 2008) 7
Y-DNA Subgroups 13
Y-DNA111 19
Y-DNA12 128
Y-DNA25 105
Y-DNA37 101
Y-DNA67 65