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A german town locator
Full-text online publication
Provided by Martin Johnson (PDF files). See also: Reymann’s topographische Special Karte von Deutschland (1806-1908)
Provided by Thomas Hoeckmann
Searchable bibliography created by the Max Kade German-American Center at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Links to numerous high-quality scans for archival maps of Central and Eastern Europe, including Austro-Hungarian and German maps up to 1945. The project consists of three partner sites: Archiwalne Mapy Pomorza Gdańskiego (Archive Maps of Gdańsk Pomerania), Archiwum Map Wojskowego Instytutu Geograficznego 1919 – 1939 (Map Archive of the Military Institute of Geography, in English), and Archiwum Map Zachodniej Polski (Map Archive of Western Poland).
Brief biographical information on Max Kade and some information on the foundation began by he and his wife in 1944. Also links to research facilities, libraries, dormitories, meeting places, and German and German-American studies programs funded by the foundation.
Helps locate places in any part of the German empire from the late nineteenth century to the early twentieth century. Due to the large scale of its maps (1:850,000) and its thorough gazetteer of place-names, one can locate even small towns and villages on the maps in the Ravenstein atlas. A special feature is the marking of the locations of churches on all of the maps as well as one special map with an accompanying table giving statistics on the religious denominations found throughout the German empire down to the Regierungsbezirk and Kreis governmental units. An explanatory key of the symbols appearing on the map can be found in the lower right corner of map section IX.
Hosted by Landkartenarchiv.de. Gottfried Reymann’s 19th-century maps range from Paris to Minsk and are very accurate and detailed. They provided a military advantage to the Prussian military during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871, and today serve as important sources of information for historians and genealogists.
Old German Script
Includes samples of scripts, downloadable fonts, and bibliography of recommended reading.
Good explanations in English and lots of samples; includes tips and tricks for deciphering old scripts. The German version (Sütterlinschrift lesen / Frakturschrift lesen = Reading Sütterlin and Fraktur) is more elaborate
A guide developed by the LDS Family History Library, showing common Gothic letters, type, and handwriting used in German records. Also list of recommended reading
Offers free transcription of texts written in old German handwriting into modern Latin writing. Contributions based on value of service provided greatly appreciated.
An online resource for learning how to decipher documents written in old German script. It provides descriptions and actual examples of each German letter, with animations demonstrating how each letter is written. Tests assess users’ ability to read and write letters, words, and passages. User accounts allow users to save their test scores and keep track of which letters they need to practice. The tutorial also provides basic guidelines on how to find vital (i.e., genealogical) information in old German documents.
A fee-based, limited registration, in-person class at the Moravian Archives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Sponsored by the Goethe Institut. Includes Washington, DC; New York City; and San Francisco
This digital collection contains examples of printed broadsides designed and distributed among Germans across the Keystone State. Visitors can search the collection by keyword, title, author, or subject.
Currently, there are more than 200 broadsides in the collection, with more to be added. The items traditional house blessings, announcements about upcoming events, medical remedies, mystical texts, political tracts, business advertisements, and more.
A component of the Unger-Bassler German-American Imprint Collection, this collection contains fine examples of printed and handcolored Taufscheins (birth and baptismal certificates), Vorschrifts (writing examples), Haus Segens (house blessings), Bucherzeichen (book plates), and drawings created by Pennsylvania Germans.
A very comprehensive list of links from Robert J. Shea (St. Louis, Missouri)
Links to resources in German-American history and heritage
- German Heritage Tour of Missouri
Heritage tour initiative highlighting Missouri’s German culture and history along the Missouri River. The program is collecting an inventory of sites, past people and institutions, settlements, culinary aspects, conflict (nativism, Civil War, Word Wars I and II), scenic byways, transportation (river landings, bridges, trails), religions influence, agriculture, maps, prints, and images, music, art and architecture, along with a list of current individuals and organization with whom to collaborate.
Explores aspects of the largest group of European origin to settle in the state. Topics include: German Immigration to Iowa; Brewing, Prohibition, Politics; Community Life;
German Iowa in Crisis: World War I; Economic and Political Crisis during the Great Depression, and the rise of National Socialism in Germany; World War II and its Aftermath; the Story of the Scattergood Refugee Hostel in West Branch, Iowa; and German Iowa by County.
Tracing cultural history through GIS technology
A joint project between the Goethe-Institut New York and Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science
Information on the German Orphan Asylum
Private Archive of Pennsylvania German Literature
A project of the German Historical Institute, this site will comprise, when complete, more than 200 biographical essays on first- and second-generation German-American immigrant entrepreneurs, combined with essays on various topics illustrated with primary sources such as photographs, media clips, and business documents. Other components of the project will include bibliographies for further research and suggestions for using the “Immigrant Entrepreneurship” website in the classroom. The site offers valuable information and source material for anyone interested in German-American history.
PDF bibliographies of the library and music archives for the Freie Gemeinde in Sauk City, Wisconsin
1994 Statistics in reference to German ancestry groups and speakers in the US, based on the 1994 Statistical Abstract of the United States Census Statistics: Analyzed by the German Corner
Personal papers, organizational records, and other materials related to German immigration, and social life and customs, religious practices, family experiences, and other aspects of life in German-American communities in Missouri
Various records and papers of American Turners, Indianapolis Maennerchor, etc.
Manuscript collections of German settlers
Home page of Mennonite Church and list of manuscripts
The Library Division contains approx. 3.4 million items relating to the history of North America; resources and archives on various ethnic groups in Wisconsin
Includes thousands of articles containing local history information from Wisconsin newspapers
To research history of Milwaukee area, ethnic groups, families, German American archives
One of the nation’s largest collections of books, pamphlets, documents, journals, newspapers, and manuscripts pertaining to German-American history, literature and culture, located in the Blegen Library in the Archives and Rare Books Department of the University of Cincinnati
See also their German-Americana Links of Interest
This site allows searching and viewing of newspaper pages from 1880-1922, and includes information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. At the time of this posting, the site includes German-language newspapers from Bartgis’s Marylandische Zeitung. (Friedrich-stadt [Frederick, Md.]) 1785-1789 to Der Volksfreund = The people’s friend. (Buffalo, N.Y.) 1994-current
Der Deutsche Pionier was, from 1869 to 1887, the publication of the Der Deutsche Pionier-Verein von Cincinnati. It is generally considered an indispensable source for the history of Germans in the United States, owing its quality and high reputation particularly to Heinrich Armin Rattermann, who edited the journal from 1874 to 1885.
Digitized collection of six German-language newspapers published in Philadelphia covering the period from the 1870s through World War I.
Newspapers are primary sources of information about the German-American community’s social and political views, and especially about how its ethnic identity changed due to historic events.
Philadelphia Demokrat, Philadelphia Tageblatt, Philadelphia freie Presse, Philadelphia Morgen-Gazette, Philadelphia Schwäbischer Merkur, and Schwäbischer Merkur.
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The Milwaukee County Historical Society was founded in 1935 to collect, preserve and make available materials relating to the history of the Milwaukee, once known as the “German Athens,” and Milwaukee County.
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