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
German Genealogical Society of America
German-American Family Society
German Research Association
Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society
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