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  • American Memory Library of Congress
  • Andrusko, Samuel M.  Der Deutsche Pionier: membership lists (1869-1887) of the Deutschen Pionier-Verein ofCincinnati and branches in Dayton and Toledo (Ohio) and Covington and Newport (Kentucky)with selected additional biographical information from obituaries and biographhies [sic] in theDeutschen Pionier / abstracted, translated, and edited by Samuel M. Andrusko. Washington,D.C. : S.M. Andrusko, c1989.Information includes date and place of birth, year of immigration.
  • Auswandererbriefe [microform]. [Dortmund, Germany] : MC, 1997. 40 microfilm reels : ill. ; 35 mm.Reproduces about 6700 German emigrant letters from the United States written between 1820 and 1930. Collected by Wolfgang Helbich. About 85% are in the form of photocopies of the originals, 10% are in transcription form only (the originals have been lost), and 5% are the original letters. Biographical research and background studies on the letter writers is reproduced along with the letters, including parish registers, emigration lists, judicial records, passenger lists, manuscript census, city directories, county histories, plat books, etc. Filmed from the originals in the Ruhr-Universität Bochum Includes indexes.
  • Bellingham, Mary, et al. Research guide to German-American genealogy. St. Paul, MN : German Interest Group, Branch of Minnesota Genealogical Society, ©1991.
  • Chronology of Germans in America. Compiled by the Library of Congress.
  • Conzen, Kathleen Neils. "Germans." Pages 405-25 in Stephan Thernstrom, ed., Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University, 1980.
  • Cook, Bernard A., and Rosemary Petralle Cook. German Americans. Vero Beach, Florida: Rourke Corporation, 1991.
  • Daniels, Roger. Coming to America: A History of Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life. New York: HarperCollins, 1990.
  • Ehmann, Karl. Die Auswanderung in die Neuengland-Staaten aus Orten des Enzkreises im 18. Jahrhundert / von Karl Ehmann. Stuttgart : Verein für Familien- und Wappenkunde, 1977. 61 p. "Südwestdeutsche Blätter für Familien- und Wappenkunde. Sonderheft 1977."  List emigrants to New England from towns in the Enz district of Baden-Württemberg during the 18th century.
  • Emigration and settlement patterns of German communities in North America / edited by Eberhard Reichmann, La Vern J. Rippley, Jörg Nagler. Indianapolis, Ind. : Max Kade German-American Center, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis ; Nashville, IN : Produced and distributed by NCSA LITERATUR, c1995. A collection of essays on German emigration to North America.
  • Ethnic German America Experience. Authors: Willia Paul Adams is professor at the John-F.-Kennedy-Institut für Nordamerika Studien at the Freie Universität Berlin; Lavern J. Rippley is professor of German and German-American Studies at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota; Eberhard Reichmann is professor emeritus of Germanic Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington and editor-in-chief for the Max Kade German-American Center of Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.
  • The First Germans in America : with a biographical directory of New York Germans / edited by Don Heinrich Tolzmann. Bowie, Md. : Heritage Books, 1992. Contains chapters on the first Germans in America, the first Germans in Virginia, and the first Germans in New York. A name index follows.
  • Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys: German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America, 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996. A discussion of Germans in colonial America.
  • Galicich, Anne. The German Americans. New York: Chelsea House, 1989.
  • Gellinek, Christian. "Those Damn Dutch": The Beginning of German Immigration in North America during the Thirty Years War. Frankfurt: Campus Verlag, 1996.
  • Genealogical Research Resources on the German Embassy Website
  • German-American Corner - Shopping, events, chat and heritage.
  • German-American Cultural Center - - Many resources, current, updated.
  • German-American History & Heritage - Famous German-Americans, commemorative stamps and teaching resources.
  • German-American Religious Groups - The Church-German-Americans
  • German-Americana
  • The German Americans: An Ethnic Experience.
  • German Corner - German-American Internet Magazine.
  • Germans from Russia Heritage Collection  -  An online exhibit From North Dakota's State University Libraries of its Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, which consists of resources on the culture, history, folklore, food, textiles and clothing of Germans from Russia. Focuses on Bessarabian Germans, Black Sea Germans, Crimean Germans, Dobrudscha Germans and Volhynian Germans and their descendants in North Dakota and the Northern Plains.
  • The Germans in America - Library of Congress.
  • GermanOriginality. Web site for German American heritage brought to you by the German National Tourist Office and the German Information Center USA. This site provides links to ancestry websites, personal profiles of famous German-Americans, an overview of German products and inventions, a trans-Atlantic emigration time-line and an interactive map of Germany. Community features will include recipes and a forum for sharing stories and photographs, a calendar of German events in America and lists of German-American societies.
  • Germany in The place for all things German in New York City.
  • Geue. Chester. William. A new land beckoned : German immigration to Texas, 1844-1847 / by Chester W. & Ethel H. Geue. Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1982, c1966. A list of "German Immigrants to Texas 1844-1847" is on pages 76-156.
  • Giuseppi, Montague Spencer, editor. Naturalizations of Foreign Protestants in the American and West Indian Colonies (pursuant to Statute 13 George II, c.7) Baltimore, Genealogical Pub. Co., 1964. "Originally published as Publications of the Huguenot Society of London, vol.xxiv ... 1921." A list of approximately 6,500 foreign Protestants--mostly Germans--who were naturalized in accordance with an act of 1740. The entries generally include name, religion, town and county of residence, and date of naturalization.
  • Gollmer, Hugo. Namensliste der Pioniere des Nord-Amerik. Turnerbundes der Jahre 1848-1862 : im Anftrag des Bundesvororts zusammengestellt. [Indiana] : Indiana Chapter, Palatines to America, c1992. Originally published: St. Louis : St. Louis (Central) Turnverein, 1885. Photocopy with index added. Membership lists of the North American Gymnastics Federation, supplemented by an alphabetical index. Includes place of birth and year of immigration.
  • Grubb, Farley Ward. German immigrant servant contracts registered at the port of Philadelphia, 1817-1831. Baltimore, MD : Genealogical Pub. Co., c1994. Indentured servants are listed by date of registration. "Because immigrant servant contracts were registered within 30 days of arrival, the registration date can serve as a proxy for the date of arrival...."
  • Haller, Charles R. The ABCs of German-American migration : annotated guide to German-American migration records. Asheville, N.C. : Money Tree Imprints, c2000. A useful guide to sources for German-American immigration.
  • Holding Libraries for Germans to America : Lists of Passengers Arriving at U.S. Ports 1850-1897, 1840s.
  • Hoobler, Dorothy, and Thomas Hoobler. The German American Family Album. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
  • Johnson, Martin William. Old Lutherans in Wisconsin & Minnesota [microform] : membership lists, cemeteries, passenger lists, etc. / transcribed by Martin Wm. Johnson. Belvidere, IL : M.W. Johnson, [1990]  2 microfiches : ill. Includes records from Lutheran churches and cemeteries in Wisconsin and Minnesota, passenger lists of Lutherans 32 . Arriving in New York, N.Y. and emigrating to upper New York State and Wisconsin in 1843, and the 1870 census for Pierce County, Neb. Title on header: 1842-1899 old Lutherans in Wis. & Minn. Includes passenger lists of Lutherans arriving in New York, N. Y. who emigrated to upper New York State and Wisconsin in 1843.
  • Jones, George Fenwick. The Germans of Colonial Georgia, 1733-1783. Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1986. "This list aims to include all German-speaking inhabitants of Georgia during the colonial period (1733-1783)."
  • Jones, Henry Z. More Palatine families : some immigrants to the middle colonies 1717-1776 and their European origins, plus new discoveries on German families who arrived in Colonial New York in 1710. Universal City, Calif. : H.Z. Jones, 1991. Extensive genealogical information on many eighteenth century immigrants to America.
  • Jones, Henry Z. The Palatine families of New York : a study of the German immigrants who arrived in colonial New York in 1710. Universal City, Calif. : H.Z. Jones, 1985. Alphabetical list of the German immigrants who arrived in New York in 1710; contains extensive genealogical information.
  • Krewson, Margrit B. Immigrants from the German-Speaking Countries of Europe: A Selective Bibliography. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1991.
  • Krewson, Margrit B. German-American Relations: A Selected Bibliography. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1995.

  • Lachner, Bert. Heimat North America: English and German. Glen Ellyn, Ill: Landmark Books Unlimited, 1997.  Shows influence of German immigration on the history of North America.

  • Little Germany or German Town. A once famous part of New York City. The Yorkville/Kleindeutschland Historical Society.
  • The Max Kade German-American Center offers a searchable International Bibliography of German-Americana, SGAS, and an ever-increasing array of Teaching Units, Historic Sites, Libraries, Archives, Museums, Societies, Research Centers, publications. Search the catalogs of the Max Kade G-A Studies Collection, UWis-Madison.
  • Northwest Missouri State University Owens Library
  • O'Connor, Richard. The German-Americans: An Informal History. Boston: Little, Brown, 1968.
  • Prins, Edward. Dutch and German ships : passenger lists, 1846-1856. [Holland, Mich.?] : E. Prins, 300 leaves.  Many of those on the passenger lists settled in Holland, Michigan; no name index.
  • Rippley, La Vern J. The German-Americans. Boston, Twayne, 1976.
  • Rippley, La Vern J. "German Americans." Pages 565-77 in Judy Galens, Anna Sheets, and Robyn V. Young, eds., Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America, vol. 1. Detroit: Gale Research, 1995.
  • Rippley, La Vern J. "Germans from Russia." Pages 425-30 in Stephan Thernstrom, ed., Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University, 1980.
  • Rupp, Israel Daniel. A collection of upwards of thirty thousand names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French, and other immigrants in Pennsylvania from 1727-1776 ... Reprint of the second rev. and enl. ed. with an added index. Baltimore, Genealogical Pub. Co., 1965. A chronological arrangement of passenger lists, with a surname index.
  • Society for German-American Studies
  • Strassburger, Ralph Beaver. Pennsylvania German pioneers; a publication of the original lists of arrivals in the port of Philadelphia from 1727 to 1808, by Ralph Beaver Strassburger ... edited by William John Hinke ... Norristown, Penn., Pennsylvania German Society, 1934. 3 v. (Pennsylvania German Society. Proceedings. vol. XLII-XLIV) The standard reference work for identifying German immigrants who came to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1808; reprinted in 1966 by the Genealogical Publishing Company in Baltimore (F160.G3S8 LH&G). The reprint edition is in two volumes and does not include the facsimile signatures found in volume 2 of the original edition.
  • Tim's Tips on Pennsylvania German Research.
  • Tolzman, Don Heinrich, editor. The First Germans in America : with a biographical directory of New York Germans / edited by Don Heinrich Tolzmann. Bowie, Md. : Heritage Books, 1992. 1540-E Pointer Ridge Place, Suite 400, Bowie, MD 20716. Contains chapters on the first Germans in America, the first Germans in Virginia, and the first Germans in New York. A name index follows.
  • Tolzmann, Don Heinrich. German-American Literature. Metuchen, New Jersey: Scarecrow Press, 1975.
  • Tolzmann, Don Heinrich. German-Americana: A Bibliography. Metuchen, New Jersey: Scarecrow Press, 1975.
  • University of Cincinnati, German-American Studies
  • University of Oldenburg Research Center of German Emigrants to the USA
  • Yoder, Don, editor. Pennsylvania German immigrants, 1709-1786 : lists consolidated from yearbooks of the Pennsylvania German Folklore Society. Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1980. List of Pennsylvania German immigrants; contains an index of personal names and an index of ships.
  • Zug, John and Karin Gottier. German-American life : recipes and traditions. Iowa City, Iowa : Penfield Press, ©1991.



  • Merrill, Ellen C. Germans of Louisiana. Pelican Pub. Co., 2005. Today twelve percent of Louisiana's population claims German ancestry.


  • Hoisington, Daniel John. A German Town: A History of New Ulm. Roseville, Minnesota: Edinborough Press, 2004. Blends a history of the town together with the story of how it has successfully maintained its German heritage.
  • Leonhart, Rudolf. Memories of New Ulm: My Experiences During the Indian Uprising. Roseville, Minnesota: Edinborough Press,   Eyewitness accounts of the Dakota Conflict of 1862.


  • Wust, Klaus. The Virginia Germans. Charlottesville, VA: The University Press of Virginia, 1969.