Heinrich Zwingmann immigrated first to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein). The family joined the migration to Russia in 1766.
Heinrich Zwingmann, a farmer, and his family settled in the Volga German colony of Messer on 7 July 1766. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 13.
The 1767 census records that Heinrich Zwingmann came from the German district of Hannover.
- 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-1858.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 134.