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German: Germans Outside of Germany***NEW***
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Since the 19th century (or earlier), Germans have migrated to other countries to make their home. Whether they were evacuating for the sake of safety (seeking asylum), moving into countries where other family members resided, or simply emigrating to remove themselves from the homeland, researching these individuals means considering various types of records found in the country they called home. This course explores the German migration out of Germany as late as the mid-20th century and includes settlements in some locations as early as pre-15th century while others will focus on 19th and 20th centuries only. The countries addressed are those where significant populations of Germans have been or are still found, in locations where the region has not been perceived as “German” (i.e., German has not been an officially recognized language). These will include the UK and Ireland; Oceania (Australia and New Zealand); North America (US, Canada, and Mexico); European Countries (where German is not an official language); Latin American Countries (Central and South America and the Dominican Republic); Africa (select countries with German populations, past or present), Asia, and India. We will explore why Germans left Germany and where they went. Records that document your German ancestor in their new homeland will be explored as well as where to find these records. We will also explore German communities and the records they left behind including histories, periodicals, and compiled sources. Each module ends with resources for social media websites and groups where researchers may be able to connect with their German relatives.

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Module 1
Germans Outside of Germany
  • Websites
  • Introduction
  • Additional Resources

    Module 2
    The United Kingdom & Ireland
  • Websites

    The 21st Century German in the UK and Ireland

    Early Settlements to the 1700s
  • Resources for Genealogical Research

    Next Major Wave of Immigration to the UK & Ireland
  • 19th Century Settlements - 1800s to 1900s
  • Resources for Genealogical Research

    War-induced Migration
  • 20th Century Settlements - 1900s
  • Resources for Genealogical Research

    Specific Help for Researching Irish-Germans
    Conclusion
    Additional Resources

    Module 3
    Oceania (Australia & New Zealand)
  • Websites

    The 21st Century German in Oceania

    Early Settlements - 1700s to 1800s
  • Resources for Genealogical Research

    War-induced Migration
  • 20th Century Settlements - 1900s
  • Resources for Genealogical Research

    Additional Resources

    Module 4
    North America (US, Canada & Mexico)
  • Websites

    The 21st Century Germans in North America
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Review

    Early Settlements - 1600s to 1700s
  • Resources for Genealogical Research
  • Getting Help

    Next Wave of Immigrants - 1800s
  • Resources for Genealogical Research

    1900s German Immigration, including War-related
  • Resources for Genealogical Research

    Conclusion
    Additional Resources

    Module 5
    Non-German-Speaking European Countries
  • Websites

    21st Century German in non-German European Countries
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Sweden

    Online Records (some dating back to 1200s)
  • Resources for Genealogical Research

    Conclusion
    Additional Resources

    Module 6
    Central & South America and The Caribbean
  • Websites

    21st Century German in Parts of Latin America

    Earliest Settlements, pre-1900s
    The Caribbean
  • Jamaica
  • Puerto Rico
    Central America
  • Belize
  • Costa Rica
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
    South America
  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

    The 1900s
    The Caribbean
  • Jamaica
  • Puerto Rico
    Central America
  • Belize
  • Costa Rica
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
    South America
  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

    Resources for Genealogical Research
    Conclusion
    Additional Resources

    Module 7
    Africa, Asia & India
  • Websites

    21st Century German
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • India

    Early Settlements - 1800s and before
    Africa
    Asia
  • Japan
  • China
  • Korea
  • The Philippines
    India

    The 1900s
    Africa
    Asia
  • Japan
  • China
  • Korea
  • The Philippines
    India

    Resources for Genealogical Research
    Conclusion
    Additional Resources

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