How about tying German America travels to genealogy?

By James M. Beidler

This issue’s theme of “German America” has much to offer those studying their German-speaking ancestors. That’s because contrary to what many individuals tend to think, the searches for those of German ancestry begin in America most of the time.

Yes, there are instances in which the immigrant’s village of origin (which is normally needed to access more records in Germany) is passed down through the generations intact (without the more frequent garbling of spelling or pronunciation) and there are some databases of German records that can help connect researchers directly to Europe. But what’s more frequently the case is that the many records created by and for immigrants once they arrived in America are what’s needed to cross the Atlantic successfully.

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