Today’s episode of Research Like a Pro is about the history of Pennsylvania Germans. They came in the colonial American period and have millions of Americans as their descendants. Join us as we talk with Heidi Mathis about important factors for finding records about Pennsylvania Germans and factors for Germans leaving Europe and coming to Pennsylvania colony.
Part 1: Pennsylvania Germans: The History Behind Their Focus on Land and Community – blog post by Heidi Mathis at Family Locket – https://familylocket.com/part-1-pennsylvania-germans-the-history-behind-their-focus-on-land-and-community/
Aaron Spencer Fogleman, Hopeful Journeys: German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America, 1717-1775 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996). To purchase this book, consider using the following affiliate link to Amazon: https://amzn.to/3NmgttY.
Colin Woodard, American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America (New York: Penguin, 2012). To purchase this book, consider using the following affiliate link to Amazon: https://amzn.to/3zVrOye
RLP 182: American Nations Part 1 with Heidi Mathis – https://familylocket.com/rlp-182-american-nations-part-1-with-heidi-mathis/
RLP 156: Tracing 19th Century Germans Part 1 With Heidi Mathis – https://familylocket.com/rlp-156-tracing-19th-century-germans-part-1/
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/
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Thank you for this insight into German immigration to North America. My great grandfather changed the pronunciation and capitalization of their last name during WWI from German Dechant to French sounding DeChant. They kept a guest book where this is visible and tangible as other family members wrote it. Only recently have I met others whose German heritage was harder to conceal and learned how difficult that became for them even as late as the 1960s. We had the opportunity to find the old cemetery in a still tiny PA town and see not only my ancestors markers transition to English from German, but also the touching sight of the community’s sons lost in WWII . Many depicted proud service in US forces with pictures of the aircraft they flew or ship they served on.