Heinrich Kern, a farmer, and his family (including his sister-in-law) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 29 August 1766 aboard the ship Apollo under the command of Skipper Detlov Merberg.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Norka on 15 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 146.
Johann Heinrich Kern, his wife Kunigunda, and children (Johann Adam, age 24; Katharina Elisabeth, age 20) are recorded on the 1775 census of Norka in Household No. 20.
Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Heinrich Kern came from the German district of Hessen.
- 1775 Norka Census (Household No. 20).
- 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): Nr020.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 268.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5195.