Heinrich Altförst, a cooper (Fassbinder), and his wife Sophia settled in the Volga German colony of Katharinenstadt on 27 August 1766 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 82.
In 1785, Heinrich Altförst left Katharinenstadt.
The 1767 census records that Heinrich Altförst came from the Dutch village of Megen in Holland.
There are no known surviving male lines of this family among the Volga German colonies.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga: Economy, Population, and Agriculture (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Mv1177.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 294.