Michael Dornes, a farmer, wife Rosina, son Franz (age 3), and stepson Eva Margaretha [surname not recorded] (age 5) are recorded on the 1767 census of Volmer in Household No. 29. They had settled there on 18 July 1767.
Franz Dornes and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Volmer in Household No. Vm30.
Peter Dornes from Volmer and his family are recorded on the 1857 census of Marienfeld.
The 1767 census records that Michael Dornus came from the German village of Alzey in the Kurpfalz region.
- 1857 Marienfeld Census.
- 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): Vm30.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 290.