Pennsylvania German Genealogy
By Alice Kane
By Alice Kane
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.
How-To and Other Guides 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 Thode
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reference E184.G3A49 2000
Beginner's guide to Germanic genealogy by Lois Hemmeter Edwards
NEHGS, 1st Floor CS614.E39 2005
Encyclopedia of German-American Genealogical Research by Clifford Neal Smith and Anna Piszczan-Czaja Smith
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reference E184.G3S66 1976
Germanic 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 LeVan
NEHGS, 5th Floor F160.G3L48 1990
Pennsylvania German Immigrants,1709–1786 edited by Don Yoder
NEHGS, 7th Floor Ref F160.G3P43
Germans to America and the Hamburg passenger lists: coordinated schedules by Roger P. Minert, et al.
NEHGS, 5th Floor E184.G3 M56 2005
The Olive Tree Genealogy
Ships Passenger Lists to Philadelphia, PA, 1727–1808
Pennsylvania German Marriages compiled by Donna R. Irish
NEHGS, 5th and 7th Floor F160.G3I74 1982
Church & Religious Records
Pennsylvania German church records, 1729–1870 [CD-ROM].
NEHGS, 4th Floor F160.G3 P427 1998 CD
Lutheran Archives Center and Philadelphia
Moravian Archives at the Moravian Historical Society
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
The German Regiment of Maryland and Pennsylvania in the Continental Army, 1776–1781 by Henry J. Retzer
NEHGS, 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. Haag
NEHGS, 5th Floor F146 .P24 Index
Es Elbedritsch: Newsletter of the Pennsylvania-German Society
NEHGS, 5th Floor F160.G3P46
Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, (1955– )
NEHGS, 5th Floor F146.G32
Mennonite Family History Mennonite Family History, (1982– )
NEHGS, 5th Floor E184.M45M46
Articles & Blogs
FamilySearch – Pennsylvania
Run by volunteers, this non-profit organization offers free access to its transcribed genealogical and historical records projects.
A non-profit genealogy federation offering free transcribed records in every area of Pennsylvania genealogy and history.
FamilyHart Pennsylvania Dutch Online Databases
This 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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