America is a melting pot of immigrants from across the globe and people of German Ancestry make up the biggest chunk of that mix.
There are more than 49 million people with German Ancestry in the United States, a number that accounts for 16 percent of the American population.
This includes people reporting multiple ancestries. Only 16,912,041 people reported being of German ancestry alone.
(German: Deutschamerikaner) are Americans who have full or partial German ancestry. With an estimated size of approximately 49 million in 2016, German Americans are the largest of the ancestry groups reported by the US Census Bureau in its American Community Survey. The group accounts for about one third of the total ethnic German population in the world.
About seven million Germans have immigrated to North America since the eighteenth century. Some left the Old World in response to the many historical events in Europe over the last two centuries. Most Germans came to the United States seeking economic opportunities or religious or political freedom.
None of the German states had American colonies. In the 1670s, the first significant groups of German immigrants arrived in the British colonies, settling primarily in Pennsylvania, New York, and Virginia. Immigration continued in very large numbers during the 19th century, with eight million arrivals from Germany.
German Genealogical Research consists of primarily two steps of research:
Learning about Immigrating to the United States: The obvious first step entails finding where your ancestor lived in the United States and then where they came from Germany. To trace their German ancestry, it is necessary to find the exact town they came from in Germany. This itself can be quite a challenge. Knowing that they came from Prussia or Baden or any other state or province is not good enough. The exact town name must be known to find the German immigrants' early records and thus any information about their ancestors. Finding these towns and villages is a service and a specialty of mine.
German Script, German Church Records and Other German Records:The next or second step after detemining where the town of origin is to seek out records pertaing to your German Ancestor. German church records, written in German script, are the primary sources used to trace a German ancestry. Many of these records are available to researchers in the United States and they often extend as far back as the 1700s or even the 1500s and maybe even earlier depending on the area. Researchers often get frustrated with German records because they are written in various types of German script. Even the typical German today does not read some of this handwriting. I can help you overcome this hurdle as it is a service and specialty of mine.
German Genealogy Presentations: In addition to my research services, I also provide quality presentations and perspectives pertaining to German genealogy. Refer to my list of Presentations as well as the Schedule of Appearances.
German Genealogy Research: In addition to my presentations, I do personalized research. If you are interested, I can research your German Genealogy & Family History.
Additionally, I can also assist in the management of your research project.
If you have hit a "brick wall" and need assistance, I can help!
The challenge of translating German church records and other German records written in German script is a specialty & favorite of mine.
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