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Researching your Pennsylvania German ancestors offers its own set of unique challenges. This guide provides a listing of and information on essential resources for anyone delving into their Pennsylvania German ancestry. Many of these resources can be found or accessed at the library at NEHGS.
A genealogist's guide to discovering your Germanic ancestors: how to find and record your unique heritage by S. Chris Anderson and Ernest ThodeNEHGS, 7th Floor Reference E184.G3A49 2000Beginner's guide to Germanic genealogy by Lois Hemmeter EdwardsNEHGS, 1st Floor CS614.E39 2005Encyclopedia of German-American Genealogical Research by Clifford Neal Smith and Anna Piszczan-Czaja SmithNEHGS, 7th Floor Reference E184.G3S66 1976Germanic genealogy: a guide to worldwide sources and migration patterns by Edward R. Brandt, et al.NEHGS, 7th Floor Reference CS614.G47 2007
Early immigrants from Germany and Switzerland to eastern Pennsylvania by Russell George LeVanNEHGS, 5th Floor F160.G3L48 1990Pennsylvania German Immigrants,1709–1786 edited by Don YoderNEHGS, 7th Floor Ref F160.G3P43Germans to America and the Hamburg passenger lists: coordinated schedules by Roger P. Minert, et al.NEHGS, 5th Floor E184.G3 M56 2005The Olive Tree GenealogyShips Passenger Lists to Philadelphia, PA, 1727–1808
Pennsylvania German Marriages compiled by Donna R. IrishNEHGS, 5th and 7th Floor F160.G3I74 1982
Pennsylvania German church records, 1729–1870 [CD-ROM]. NEHGS, 4th Floor F160.G3 P427 1998 CDLutheran Archives Center and PhiladelphiaMoravian Archives at the Moravian Historical SocietyLancaster Mennonite Historical Society
The German Regiment of Maryland and Pennsylvania in the Continental Army, 1776–1781 by Henry J. RetzerNEHGS, 5th Floor E259.R48 1991
The first one hundred years: an index of publications of the Pennsylvania German Society (1891–1990) including the yearbooks of the Pennsylvania German Folklore Society (1936–1966) compiled by Earl C. HaagNEHGS, 5th Floor F146 .P24 IndexEs Elbedritsch: Newsletter of the Pennsylvania-German SocietyNEHGS, 5th Floor F160.G3P46Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, (1955– )NEHGS, 5th Floor F146.G32Mennonite Family History Mennonite Family History, (1982– ) NEHGS, 5th Floor E184.M45M46
"18th Century German Emigration Research" by Gary T. Horlacher, 2000Ah Ha Moments for Genealogists blog - Regional Category "Pennsylvania Genealogy," 2013
Pennsylvania German Society, pgs.orgPennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center and library at Kutztown UniversityGenealogical Society of Pennsylvania, genpa.org
FamilySearch – PennsylvaniaPA-Roots, pa-roots.comRun by volunteers, this non-profit organization offers free access to its transcribed genealogical and historical records projects.PAGenWeb, pagenweb.orgA non-profit genealogy federation offering free transcribed records in every area of Pennsylvania genealogy and history.FamilyHart Pennsylvania Dutch Online DatabasesThis family database has over 750,000 Pennsylvania Dutch names on the Internet with free access, and continues to be updated quarterly.
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