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Not many people think of Onondaga County, New York when they think of German immigrants arriving at the port towns of the United States and fanning out across the country's interior. More notoriously "German" hubs along the migration trails come to mind: New York City, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Milwaukee, to name just a few. Yet a significant and flourishing community of German-speaking immigrants did exist in Onondaga County almost from the days of its earliest white settlers. Those searching for German (or German-speaking) ancestors in America should not overlook the possibility that their people ended up or spent some time here.
This website reflects my genealogical and personal interest in my own German ancestors who settled in Onondaga County in 1883 and 1904, and my general interest in the history of Syracuse and environs--with particular emphasis on the German immigrant and German-American communities during the years 1825 to 1945. And just as in the American mind these immigrants were grouped according to their language rather than by their nationality, this website too includes information on German-speaking immigrants from Austria, Switzerland, Alsace-Lorraine, present-day Poland, etc.
My website is under construction and updated continually. Please bookmark this site and visit again. I intend to upload more information helpful to others researching their own German-speaking immigrant ancestors in this area of New York State.
Much as I would like it, I unfortunately do NOT live near New York State and cannot do your research for you--and I am regretably NOT fluent in German, either. So if you don't already see what you are looking for here, I probably can't help you with it. Visit the Onondaga County GENWEB site as the best starting place, or see my Links page for additional ideas.
Ich hoffe, ich kann Dir auch mal einen Stein in den Garten werfen!
This site was last updated on 23 January 2024.
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