USA - Circa 1983 : a postage stamp printed in the US showing the historic sailing ship Concord with the 1683, Germans arrived in Pennsylvania to establish the first major German settlement in America.

German-American Group Records Offer Immigration Information

By James M. Beidler

The ties that bind Germans together reached New World heights in the formation of fraternal societies and aid organizations in virtually every large city, as well as many smaller towns, in which there was a substantial presence of such immigrants. Some of these groups still exist today; many do not. But most have some sort of records that may help genealogists connect with information about their immigrant ancestors.

When family historians go looking for information about their immigrant ancestors, we usually start with the U.S. Census; civil records of births, marriages, and deaths; and church records that often act as vital record substitutes. Additional documents— naturalizations, tombstones, obituaries, and other death records—may help to uncover the immigrants’ specific villages of origin. Often overlooked are the records of German-themed groups, which can deny the researcher much information as membership applications often contain detailed places of birth and other information about the immigrant’s life and residences in Europe.

To read more subscribe now! Click here!

Share This