Today’s episode of Research Like a Pro is about German immigration to St. Louis, Missouri in the 1840s-1860s. We discuss the reasons for immigration and the cultural differences between Americans and newly arrived Germans. Heidi Mathis shares the historical context she learned when researching her ancestor, Burkhard Schlag, who arrived in St. Louis in 1854 from Hesse.
Mid-19th Century Germans in St. Louis by Heidi Mathis at Family Locket
Using German Newspapers When You don’t Know Much German
Study Group – more information and email list
Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide by Diana Elder with Nicole Dyer on Amazon.com
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What a great podcast on German immigrants in the 1850s. Since I did my RLP research report on my German ancestors who immigrated to Illinois about 1854 this really gave me more ideas of where to search for possible immigration records through New Orleans. I have listened to the podcast twice learning about this German history and it has been so interesting. Heidi you were in my peer group and I should have been asking you all these questions about the German history. LOL!
This has opened my eyes to what it was like coming to America during those times for Germans. Because of your account of their history I will be adding more information about the German immigration history to my report. Thanks so much for sharing this fascinating history I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. Thanks to Diana and Nicole for making these great and informative podcast and blogpost available.
Thank you Robin for your encouraging feedback :)!!!! I’m so glad we can share information & make progress!