There were many reasons as to why our ancestors left their native Germany for the Russian frontier. The four primary categories where political, economic, religious, and personal.

  • Political - military service, foreign occupations, wars, suppression by their own governments or ruling princes
  • Economic - crop failures, high taxes, years of famine, lack of living space
  • Religious - particularly in Württemberg
  • Personal - relationships of kinship with princely houses, relationships with earlier emigrants


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