Regions with German Heritage: New Braunfels and Fredricksburg in Texas, as
well as Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Amana Colonies in Iowa, New
York and more.
New York [ Top ]
Palatine Germans in
New York: with the Rhine River's Palatinate area destroyed by war, some
Germans there went to America, aided by the British who want settlers on the frontier. In
the 1720s, some settled in New York's Mohawk River valley including at Herkimer in the
German Flatts area.
or Little Germany was an area of New York City's Manhattan Island on the Lower East Side
around Tompkins Park in the late 1800s.
Paltz in Ulster County was founded by French Huguenot refugees in Mannheim in
the Palatinate or Pfalz area of Germany before coming to America
in Erie County attracted many German immigrants who prospered in business, politics. This
included the Old
Lutherans from Prussia in 1839. And resources on German settlers in Buffalo, NY.
Pennsylvania [ Top ]
Migrations to America: with a map of the Rhine Valley showing how they left.
Recalling William Penn's invitation, many went to Pennsylvania.
of Germantown: William Penn's 1677
trip to Germany resulted in Germans Quakers, Amish and Mennonites coming to his colony in
America, now Pennsylvania. In 1683, they founded Germantown, now part of Philadelphia.
Immigrants to Pennsylvania: they came
in three periods before the Revolutionary War, with those who came in 1683 seeking
religious freedom, settling especially in southeast Pennsylvania
Dutch: called that because Dutch once referred to German speakers. Tthese are
the descendants of German, Alsace and Swiss immigrants to southeast Pennsylvania.
German Folk Art: an illustrated tour from the National Gallery of Art
Maryland [ Top ]
of German Immigrants to Maryland started with Germans in western Maryland in
1728, arriving from Pennsylvania. Includes an estimate of the number of Germans by state
Ohio [ Top ]
Germans in America's
Breadbasket: Germans settled available lands in central North America -- the
valleys of the Mississippi, Ohio, and Missouri Rivers -- and later pushed further west.
Immigrants to Ohio: the story of Joseph Conde and family who traveled by
sailing ship and flatboat to Pomeroy, Ohio, in 1839
Heritage Museum recognizes role of German immigrants in Cincinnati history
included in documentary film on German- Americans. Essay notes that Germany aspects of the
city were erased during the World Wars.
immigrants were among the earliest white settlers in Ohio, including in
Auglaize County and in Cincinnait's Over-the-Rhine
neighborhood that was at one time 50 percent German in origin.
Citizens League of Greater Cincinnati fosters appreciation of German culture
and has a German Heritage Museum.
Indiana [ Top ]
on the culture of the city of Indianapolis from singing societies to gymnastics to
architecture and more
Max Kade German-American Center in
Indianapolis is a leader in German-American Studies.
German Heritage Society emphasizes German culture,not politics, thus
encompassing Austria, the Federal Republic of Germany,
Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, German-speaking Switzerland, Alsace-Lorraine and Southern Tyrol
German immigration in southern Indiana
Illinois [ Top ]
Germans in Chicago:
in 1850, 1/6th of the city's residents were Germans
German-speaking communities in Chicago and the Midwest,
and Mapping German
Immigration in the Midwest, a research project.
America [ Top ]
The "German belt"
states -- Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa -- have the
most dense German-American populations.
in Wisconsin and why Milwaukee
was America's German Athens
in Milwaukee: in the 1840s, Milwaukee became known as the German Athens due
to its rich German culture including Christmas
Bit of Germany in Early Wisconsin: a 1927 article recalls the settling
of New Holstein by Germans who
sailed for America in April 1848. Their journey to New York, then via the Great Lakes to Sheboygan and New Holstein is described.
and genealogy including its important Germany settlers
Dialects are outlined and shown on an interactive map with links between
parts of Germany and areas of Wisconsin.
More for Wisconsin,
Milwaukee, New Holstein and Sheboygan and German-speaking Swiss
See more on Germans in
MInnesota [ Top ]
Minnesota, especially southern Minnesota, and why they came
Map of German
ancestry in Minnesota
MIssouri [ Top ]
in St. Louis: the first wave came in the mid-1830s followed by the liberals
of the 1850s who were abolitionists and nationalists
settlement in Missouri using northeast Benton County as an example
in the Ozarks: German immigrants to Arkansas and Missouri influenced
Texas [ Top ]
community of German immigration: the town of Industry, in Austin
County, founded by Friedrich Ernst, who arrived there in 1831. More on Ernst
and German colonization of Texas
Immigration to Texas: New Braunfels and Fredericksburg were established for
German immigrants who eventually settled in both farm county and cities. Around 1850, San
Antonio, Houston, and Galveston were each about one-third German.
Braunfels, Texas was estabished for and by German immigrants
Texas: a series of colonization projects helped bring Germans to Texas in the
1800s forming what was considered the "German Belt" in the south-central region
of the state. They were diverse in religion, education and lifeways.
Port of Galveston
on the Gulf Coast saw the arrival of key immigrant groups to Texas including the Germans,
Czechs and Poles
ancestry in 1994, by state, highest being Wisconsin, 58%; North Dakota,
55%; South Dakota, 55% Iowa, 54%; Nebraska, 54%; Minnesota, 50%.
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Genealogy at FEEFHS with links to German genealogy Web sites, maps
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Genealogical Digest has indexes to surnames and topics in back issues,
German Names: how
to identify, and how endings like -er and -macher shape German
Changes in America
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a wealth of German genealogy resources and links
GenForum: a place to post queries about ancestors in Germany
Discussion Lists - search to find one of the 30,000+ lists or search the
archives of all lists
Rootsweb Archives -
studies and resources
Germans in Wisconsin
list from Rootsweb
German Genealogical Research:
includes useful map and resources on Palatines
America: this German Genealogical Society has seven chapters around the USA,
plus an online Query Index
Dutch: genealogy and family history, with more than 500,000 names online
Genealogy Research in Northern Germany
Genealogy including a large emigrant database, a timeline of the complex
history of this area fought over by Denmark and Germany, maps, towns, names, more
Genealogy including those
who emigrated abroad to America