Today’s episode of Research Like a Pro is about the challenges of German research when focusing on 19th century Germans who immigrated to the U.S. Heidi Mathis shares several questions to ask when beginning to research them, like “when did your Germans arrive?” and “what did German mean in the 19th century?” Join us as we discuss the answers to these questions, helpful record sets, and more.
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Part 1: Tracing Your 19th Century German Ancestors- Which Germans? by Heidi – https://familylocket.com/part-1-tracing-your-19th-century-german-ancestors-which-germans/
Part 2: Tracing Your 19th Century German Ancestors: Start in America with Church Records by Heidi – https://familylocket.com/part-2-tracing-your-19th-century-german-ancestors-start-in-america-with-church-records/
RLP 148: 19th Century Germans in St. Louis with Heidi Mathis – https://familylocket.com/rlp-148-19th-century-germans-in-st-louis-with-heidi-mathis/
RLP 149: Germans in St. Louis During the Civil War with Heidi Mathis – https://familylocket.com/rlp-149-germans-in-st-louis-during-the-civil-war-with-heidi-mathis/
Using German Newspapers When You Don’t Know Much German by Scott Holl at Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE2ZJPj8UMM
Research Like a Pro eCourse – https://familylocket.com/product/research-like-a-pro-e-course/
Study Group – more information and email list – https://familylocket.com/product/research-like-a-pro-study-group-wed-1/
Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide by Diana Elder with Nicole Dyer on Amazon.com – https://amzn.to/2x0ku3d
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I enjoy your very informative podcast. Keep up the good work! Thanks!
Hi Diana and Nicole,
Your podcast is my absolute favorite one. I look forward to each Monday when the new podcast comes out and I listen as I take my walk in the morning before work. You break everything down into understandable pieces that make sense. There is no fluff in your podcast, it is all important information everyone needs to know. I enjoy hearing what you each are working on and the process you took. Thanks for providing such a wonderful, educational and entertaining podcast each week.
German genealogy scares me, not sure why. I have done Italian research but haven’t delved into German research yet. Hoping a German Genealogy quick sheet will help spur me along!
Tina Hefley Telesca
This was interesting and informative. German research has not been an area of focus for me, as I was not aware of any German ancestry. However, an 1881 Canadian census for my gg grandmother lists “origin” as German. She was born in Vermont in 1843; her parents were both born in Vermont around 1805. I would be interested to find out if there was a group of Germans coming to Vermont in that time period. Or did “German ” on the Canadian census at that time mean something else? Food for thought and a new research avenue…
Re: my comment above: I am assuming the Canadian census was asking about ethnic origins/original ancestral country…and that my gg grandmother’s information indicated one or more immigrant German ancestors. I don’t know how far back this would have been, perhaps late 1700’s? It appears from a brief look on line that the Palatine settlers in New York may have migrated from upstate NY into Canada and then to Vermont! The following article is interesting:
Such a wonderful episode! I’m so encouraged to start researching my late 19th century German immigrant ancestors now! Thank you, ladies!
I look forward to your podcast each week! You guys are fun to listen to and you give such useful information!
Thank you for your podcast on researching German ancestors. I am finding I have quite a few and so I appreciate your help.
I have a lot of German-speaking ancestors. Some of them I have been able to track back to the country of origin. That includes Alsace and Lorraine, and a few places in Germany. There are a couple of ancestors (one Swiss and one German) that we haven’t been able to track back to a locality. I have some Pennsylvania Dutch ancestors who ended up emigrating to Upper Canada (Ontario) in the very early 1800s. One of them fought and died in the War of 1812 in Canada.
I was thrilled to see there was going to be a podcast on German genealogy, as half of my ancestry is from German. It did not disappoint, and I look forward to hearing even more next week. My mother is first generation in the US, so everything on her side goes back to Germany. I’ve taken advantage of all the “shaky leaves” so now it’s time for some real research, but I really need to get up to speed on how to research there. This was just the sort of thing to help kick start the process for me. Thank you!
I can’t wait to use what I learned to research my husband’s Missouri German ancestors!! I’ve been learning so much from your podcast and using it on his family lines.
I’ve learned that my biological father’s ancestors apparently came from Germany, and I’m looking forward to further research to validate (our disprove) that claim. I listen to every episode of your podcast and try to apply your process to my research. This episode (and probably the next) is a big help in providing context.
I am loving the podcasts on German genealogy! It can be daunting to research in another language. I have German ancestors who landed in Texas in both the 1840s and the 1860s. Church records are a wonderful resource as I recently found catholic church records from a diocese in Germany that has provided so much information. I went to Reddit for help translating the old Kurrent writing, very helpful!
I love this podcast because I have been studying my family German Genealogy for about 8 years now – I also love your podcast and am glad to see a series on German research Included! Thank you ladies!
Great episode! I’ve been waiting for a German genealogy episode for a few months now & was happy to see this episode released. I think this episode will also be beneficial for researching Austrian ancestors in the 19th century.
All of my paternal ancestors are German and arrived in the US in the mid to late 1800s. This side of my family has been well researched. I don’t know as much about my maternal side. They have been in the US since before the Revolutionary War. I have a couple of maternal lines that are either German or German speaking Swiss. This podcast was so informative and easy to understand. I will definitely be listening to it again!
Thank you so much for this episode. I did not have a clear idea where to search for my German ancestors next.. My German ancestors were in Canada but I will be looking at many of the resources mentioned.