Approximately 7,500,000 Germans have immigrated to this country over four centuries—more than any single group from the British Isles. Now millions of their descendants in the early twenty-first century are desirous of finding their German forebears.
Immigration and Settlement
The first German to arrive in British North America was Johannes Fleischer. He landed in Jamestown in 1607. The most recent German immigrant came to this country within the past month. That person's name is not known, but what is known—Germans have now been coming to the United States for over 400 years.
These microfilms are part of Record Group 242, the National Archives Collection of Foreign Records Seized, Rasse-und-Siedlungs Hauptamt (RuSHA), microfilm publication A3343, series RS.
Explores issues related to German naming practices, Gothic script, typefaces, language, dictionaries, church records and published works like lineage books and German family archives otherwise known as Deutsches Familianarchiv. This work covers additional unexplored sources available in the U.S. namely Ahnentafels available on microfilm at NARA in Washington, D.C.