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America has long been a prized destination for immigrants—and now that GenealogyBank has its German American newspapers collection, it will be a coveted research destination for all researchers of German heritage, including myself!" – Mary Harrell-Sesniak, professional genealogist
German immigrants played a leading role in the history of the United States, leaving behind more descendants than any other single ethnic group. Most German immigrated to North America between 1820 and World War I. Between 1840 to 1880 German immigrations made up the largest group of U.S. immigrants. The lives of these German immigrants were documented in newspapers and various record lists. Our vast collection of over 7,000 U.S. newspapers, plus thousands of historical documents and books provide extensive coverage of the day-to-day lives of our Germanic ancestors from the 1600s to today.
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