The German settlers came mainly from Bavaria, Baden, Hesse, the Palatinate, and the Rhineland, over the years 1763 to 1767. They formed the communities that were largely German constructed of culture, language, customs, and religion. These Volga Germans are our focus when we discuss Russia. Kazahkstan is also part of this region today. For our part, we will discuss them as Volga Germans in Russia. The German Mennonite communities were opposed to military service because of their pacifist beliefs, so many Mennonites emigrated (later 19th century) to the Americas instead. My uncle's family came from here. Now if I can only discern where they came from in Germany.
The table below lists the Constituent Provinces and their respective Capitals. This is a good starting place when preparing for research about ancestors. Though maps change over time and rulers as well, records of specific localities may still be found in the current State archives. Sometimes there are even challenges finding the right alignment of a record to the archive based upon the date the historical record was created. If the States are highlighted, they contain a link to subsequent focused information. If they are not highlighted, information has not been developed for that State. If there is currently no guide listed, you can consider volunteering some of your time or information. Please refer to the sitewide collaboration link above to share information or ask questions.