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Hans Martin Wegert, a farmer, and his family immigrated to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein) in 1762. They are last recorded in Denmark on 12 January 1765.

They joined the migration to Russia settling in the Volga German colony of Galka on 12 April 1766. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 41.

The 1767 census records that Martin Wegner [sic] came from the German village of Helenhof in the region of Kurpfalz. A researcher named Albert reports on the forum of wolgadeutsche.net that this Wegert family came originally from Helmhof in Baden-Württemberg.

There are no known surviving male lines of this family among the Volga German colonies.


- Eichhorn, Alexander, Jacob & Mary Eichhorn. The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766 (Deiningen, Germany: Drukerei und Verlag Steinmeier GmbH & Co. Kg, 2012): B-1767.
- 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): Gk15.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 30.

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