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As determined by language, this includes Germans, Alsatians, Austrians, German minorities in Russia, Hutterites, Luxembourgers, and Swiss.

German immigrants first began arriving in the New World in the late 17th century, with a major settlement established at Germantown, Pennsylvania, in 1683. Large-scale immigration did not begin, however, until the War of Spanish Succession, a quarter century later, devastated the German Rhineland. Thousands of German refugees emigrated to England, from which many were transported by the British to New York and Pennsylvania. From this time until after the Second World War, repeated cycles of political unrest and conflict caused large numbers of Germans to flee their homelands for the United States. Indeed, since 1820, more Germans have immigrated to the U.S. than any other national group.

Contacts and Sources

German Genealogical Digest
P.O. Box 700
Pleasant Grove, UT 84062

German Genealogical Society of America
2125 Wright Avenue, Suite C9
Laverne, CA 91750
Telephone: (909) 593-0509
Publication: Bulletin

German-American Family Society
3871 Ranfield Road
Brimfield, OH 44240
Publication: Newsletter (Rundschreiben)

German Research Association
P.O. Box 711600
San Diego, CA 92171-1600
Telephone: (619) 454-7046
Publication: The German Connection

Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society
P.O. Box 2642
Kensington, MD 20891-2642

Web Sites

In Helpful Web Sites, you can find links to useful resources about:


  • The Germanic Genealogist, published by the Augustan Society, 1617 West 261st Street, Harbor City, CA 90710
  • In Search of Your German Roots: A Complete Guide to Tracing your Ancestors in the Germanic Areas of Europe, by Angus Baxter
  • Research Guide to German-American Genealogy, by the Germanic Genealogy Society
  • Roots in the Rhineland: America's German Heritage in Three Hundred Years of Immigration, 1683-1983, by Christine M. Totten
  • Address Book for Germanic Genealogy, 4th edition, compiled by Ernest Thode
  • A Genealogical Handbook of German Research, by Larry O. Jensen
  • Researching the Germans from Russia: Annotated Bibliography of the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, compiled by Michael M. Miller

For some tips on researching abroad, see the topic All about international resources.

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