Johann Sewerinus Kisner and his family settled in the Volga German colony of Kratzke on 8 May 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 51.
In 1795, Zacharias Kistner and his family moved from Kratzke to Shcherbakovka.
According to the 1767 census record, the Kisner family was from the German village of Mühlhausen.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Sv54, Mv1433.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767 Band 2 (Goettingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis; 2001): 461.