Volga Germans- 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 17
Combined GEDCOMs Uploaded 47
DISTINCT mtDNA Haplogroups 80
DISTINCT Y-DNA Confirmed Haplogroups 56
DISTINCT Y-DNA Predicted Haplogroups 0
Family Finder 154
Genographic 2.0 Transfers 9
Maternal Ancestor Information 173
mtDNA 126
mtDNA Full Sequence 76
mtDNA Plus 112
mtDNA Subgroups 12
Paternal Ancestor Information 206
Predicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 41
Total Members 272
Unpredicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 0
Unreturned Kits 26
Y-DNA Deep Clade (After 2008) 15
Y-DNA Deep Clade (Prior to 2008) 7
Y-DNA Subgroups 12
Y-DNA111 30
Y-DNA12 163
Y-DNA25 138
Y-DNA37 134
Y-DNA67 91