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German Vital Records

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German Family Roots

Warren K. Deem

According to the 1990 federal census, approximately 52 million Americans-nearly one in four-have direct ancestral ties with Germany. Conditions in Germany were spurring German citizens to find a better life; war's devastation, heavy taxation, the need for land, hunger, religious quarrels, and persecution all contributed to the massive migration to America. Encouragement came from William Penn, proprietor of Pennsylvania, who visited Germany's Rhineland in 1671 and again in 1677, expressly inviting German citizens to come to Pennsylvania. Among the first arrivals was a group of Mennonites who reached Philadelphia in 1683. The first mass migration brought German immigrants from the Palatinate to New York.

Researchers are likely to find frequent reference to the area of the Rhineland called the Palatinate or the Palatine, and to "Germans from the Palatine." Historically, the southern border of the Palatinate has always been France; the eastern border is the Rhine River; the western and northern borders of the Palatinate have changed frequently. Click to Continue Article (offsite)

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German Emigration
Historical Regions In Germany
Timeline of Germans to the USA
Translations from German to English of Genealogy and Relationship Terms
Female German Given Names
Male German Given Names
German Occupations with English Translation
German to English Translation of the Days of the Week
Translations from German to English of each Month of the Year
German, Austrian and Swiss States

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Germans in the 1920 Adams County, Pennsylvania Census.
Instances of Germans in the Armstrong Co. Pennsylvania Census 1920
Instances of Germans in the Bucks Co. Pennsylvania Census 1920
Instances of Germans in the Butler Co. Pennsylvania Census 1920
Instances of Germans in the Cambria Co. Pennsylvania Census 1920
Instances of Bavarians (Germans) in the 1870 Adams Co, Pennsylvania Census.
Instances of Germans in the 1870 Adams Co, Pennsylvania Census.
Instances of Germans in the 1870 Berks Co, Pennsylvania Census.
Instances of Germans in the 1870 Montgomery Co, Pennsylvania Census.
Instances of those born in Brandenburg (Germany) in the Northampton Co. Pennsylvania Census 1870
Instances of those born in Bremen (Germany) in the Philadelphia Co. Pennsylvania Census 1870
Instances of those born in the Palatinate (Germany) in the 1870 Pennsylvania Census.
Instances of Germans in the Bradford Co. Pennsylvania Census 1860
Instances of Germans in the Fayette Co. Pennsylvania Census 1860
Hessian Settlers in Germantown, Wisconsin, 1860
Naturalization of Germans in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania from 1815-1830
Naturalization of Germans in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania from 1798-1820
Genealogical Data Relating to the German Settlers of Pennsylvania and Adjacent Territory, 1787
Genealogical Data Relating to the German Settlers of Pennsylvania and Adjacent Territory, 1786.
Genealogical Data Relating to the German Settlers of Pennsylvania and Adjacent Territory, 1785.
Genealogical Data Relating to the German Settlers of Pennsylvania and Adjacent Territory, 1785 (different newspaper from above)
Genealogical Data Relating to the German Settlers of Pennsylvania and Adjacent Territory, 1784.
Genealogical Data Relating to the German Settlers of Pennsylvania and Adjacent Territory, 1783.
Genealogical Data Relating to the German Settlers of Pennsylvania and Adjacent Territory, 1782.
Genealogical Data Relating to the German Settlers of Pennsylvania and Adjacent Territory, 1781.
Hoffmans Reformed Church Baptisms in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania 1781-1855
Salem Lutheran and Reformed Church Baptisms and Communions in Northampton County, Pennsylvania 1774-1840
Salem Lutheran and Reformed Church Marriages in Northampton County, Pennsylvania 1774-1840
Friedens Union Church Baptisms in Berks County, Pennsylvania 1771-1876
Genealogical Data Relating to the German Settlers of Pennsylvania and Adjacent Territory, 1770.
Genealogical Data Relating to the German Settlers of Pennsylvania and Adjacent Territory, 1769.
Blymie Reformed and Lutheran Church Marriages in York County, Pennsylvania 1767-1834
Zion Reformed Church Marriages in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania 1765-1861
Zion Reformed Church Burials in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania 1765-1861
Quickel's Lutheran and Reformed Church Baptisms in York County, Pennsylvania 1765-1842
Dryland Reformed and Lutheran Church Baptisms and Communions in Northampton County, Pennsylvania 1763-1808
Dryland Reformed and Lutheran Church Marriages in Northampton County, Pennsylvania 1763-1808
Genealogical Data Relating to the German Settlers of Pennsylvania and Adjacent Territory, 1762
Rosenthal Church Baptisms in Berks County, Pennsylvania 1761-1853
Genealogical Data Relating to the German Settlers of Pennsylvania and Adjacent Territory, 1757.
St Jacob's Church Baptisms in York County, Pennsylvania 1756-1858
Genealogical Data Relating to the German Settlers of Pennsylvania and Adjacent Territory, 1756.
St Paul's Church Marriages in Berks County, Pennsylvania 1754-1802
Genealogical Data Relating to the German Settlers of Pennsylvania and Adjacent Territory, 1753.
Genealogical Data Relating to the German Settlers of Pennsylvania and Adjacent Territory, 1752.
Genealogical Data Relating to the German Settlers of Pennsylvania and Adjacent Territory, 1750.
Emigrants from Neustadt to Pennsylvania 1750
Emigrants from Baden-Durlach to Pennsylvania 1749-1755
Genealogical Data Relating to the German Settlers of Pennsylvania and Adjacent Territory, 1749.
Palatines remaining in New Bern, North Carolina as of September 28th, 1749.
Genealogical Data Relating to the German Settlers of Pennsylvania and Adjacent Territory, 1748.
Millbach Reformed Church Marriages in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania 1747-1875
Genealogical Data Relating to the German Settlers of Pennsylvania and Adjacent Territory, 1747.
Genealogical Data Relating to the German Settlers of Pennsylvania and Adjacent Territory, 1746.
Strayer Reformed Church Baptisms in York County, Pennsylvania 1745-1893
Genealogical Data Relating to the German Settlers of Pennsylvania and Adjacent Territory, 1745.
Genealogical Data Relating to the German Settlers of Pennsylvania and Adjacent Territory, 1744.
Conventry Reformed Church Marriages in Chester County, Pennsylvania 1743-1831
Muddy Creek Reformed Church Baptisms in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania 1743-1810
Muddy Creek Reformed Church Marriages in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania 1743-1810
Genealogical Data Relating to the German Settlers of Pennsylvania and Adjacent Territory, 1743.
Quitopahilla (Hills) Church Marriages in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania 1733-1745
Oath of Allegiance taken by Palatines in Pennsylvania to King George II, 4th September, 1728.
Oath of Allegiance taken by Palatines in Pennsylvania to King George II, 24th August, 1728.
Oath of Allegiance taken by Palatines in Pennsylvania to King George II, 16th October 1727.
Oath of Allegiance taken by Palatines in Pennsylvania to King George II, 2nd October 1727.
Oath of Allegiance taken by Palatines in Pennsylvania to King George II, 30th September 1727.
Oath of Allegiance taken by Palatines in Pennsylvania to King George II, 27th September 1727.
Oath of Allegiance taken by Palatines in Pennsylvania to King George II, 21st September 1727.
Palatines who moved to the Tulpehocken Valley in Pennsylvania, pre 1727.
Palatines arriving in New York via London England in 1708.
Pennsylvania Naturalizations in Germantown, 1691.

German Links

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Germany Message Board
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German Transcribe Group

German Ships Lists


Bremen 1930
America 1928
Celtic 1928
George Washington 1928
Gotha 1928
Alrich 1927
Amsel 1927
Ansgir 1927
Berlin 1927
Bremen 1927
Columbus 1927
Crefeld 1927
Derfflinger 1927
Dresden 1927
George Washington 1927
Holger 1927
Aachen 1926
Alda 1926
Alrich 1926
Ansgir 1926
Berlin 1926
Bremen 1926
Columbus 1926
Crefeld 1926
Derfflinger 1926
Elberfeld 1926
George Washington 1926
America 1925
Bremen 1925
Columbus 1925
Crefeld 1925
George Washington 1925
Crefeld 1924

Albatross Majestic 1923
Albatross Megantic 1923
America 1923
Bremen 1923
Canopic 1923
Crefeld 1923
Eisenach 1923
George Washington 1923
Gotha 1923
Hannover 1923
Albatross Baltic 1922
Albatross Canada 1922
Albatross Celtic 1922
Albatross Majestic 1922
Albatross Megantic 1922
Albatross Regina 1922
America 1922
Canopic 1922
Crefeld 1922
George Washington 1922
Gotha 1922
Granite State 1922
Hannover 1922
Hudson 1922
America 1921
Antigone 1921
George Washington 1921
Hannover 1921
Hudson 1921
Albatross Canada 1922
Scandia 1891
Colonist 1852
St. Nicholas 1848
Toronto 1848
Westpoint 1848
Minerva 1770
Jamaica 1739
Robert and Alice 1738
Queen Elizabeth 1738
Samuel 1737
Harle 1736
Hope 1733
Dragon 1732
Pennsilvania Merchant 1732
Adventure 1727
Friendship 1727
James Goodwill 1727
Molly 1727

German Church Records

St. Michael's Catholic Church, Chicago, Illinois, Baptisms: 1870 - 1871
Pennsylvania German Church Records, 1729-1870

German State Links

Baden-Wurttemberg
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Berlin City
Brandenburg
Bremen
Hamburg
Meckleburg-Vorpommern
Niedersachsen
Nordrhein-Westfalen
Prussia
Westpoint 1848
Rheinland-Pfalz
Saarland
Sachsen (Saxony)
Sachsen-Anhalt
Schleswig-Holstein
Thuringen

Maps

Germany, 1618
Germany, 1801-19
Germany, 1801-19
Germany, 1866-77
Germany's Zollverein (Customs Union), 1834-66
Germany and Italy, 1803
Germany & Italy, 1803
Germany & Italy, 1803
Germany and Italy, 1806
Germany at the Commencement of the Thirty Years War, 1618
Munich, Germany, 1858
Nuremberg, Germany, 1858
Unification of Germany, 1815-71

Articles

Are Your Ancestors from Ireland, Germany, Italy, or Russia?
The Bundesarchiv of Germany

Databases

Baden, Germany Emigration Index, 1866-1911
Kapsweyer, Germany Baptisms, 1879-1902
Kapsweyer, Germany Church Records, 1693-1920
Kapsweyer, Germany Church Records, 1792-1810
Marysborough, Queensland Australia Immigrants from the British Isles & Germany 1861-91
Steinfeld, Germany Baptisms, 1769-88
Steinfeld, Germany Baptisms, 1788-1840
Steinfeld, Germany Baptisms, 1824-49
Steinfeld, Germany Deaths, 1683-1793
Steinfeld, Germany Deaths, Part Two, 1683-1793
Steinfeld, Germany Deaths, Part Three, 1803-1922
Wuerttemberg, Germany Emigration Index

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German and Swiss Settlers in America, 1700s-1800s
German Genealogy Research Guide
Germans to America, 1850-1874
Germans to America, 1875-1888

 

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