German Immigrant Ancestors
in Syracuse and Onondaga County,
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,
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 29 March 2015.
This German-language book, published by the Syracuse Union (a German-language
newspaper) in 1897, contains much information
concerning the history of German emigration and the establishment of the German community
and Onondaga County, including biographical sketches of prominent Germans. Click on the
title above to see my transcriptions in German, and some English translations.
INDEX TO THE BOOK
Timeline of Syracuse History, 1654-1945
(also contains selected events in German and U.S. history
immigration and naturalization law)
“No parade that has ever been given in this city excited more interest than that
of the German pioneers....”
1892 newspaper article including lists of German immigrants
on their gala day in Syracuse
Syracusans (not just Germans) arriving at Ellis Island, New York, 1892-1924
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Surnames of my people in Syracuse and Onondaga County:
Add YOUR German Immigrant Ancestors of Onondaga County!
Send me an email
with your surname searches,
a blurb or short bio,
or a link to your homepage
and I will upload it as time permits
WANTED: Helping Hands for a Virtual Syracuse German Tour
"HEIMAT: A Chronicle of Germany" (amazing television miniseries)
My research and this website
are dedicated to honor
the achievements and the memories
of all of our immigrant ancestors
who, with individual courage and foresight,
familiarity, the Mother tongue, and the Fatherland
to embrace adventure and
make a better life
for themselves and their posterity--
and especially to those among them
(and their descendants)
worked so hard
to keep the family ties strong,
across an ocean or across the generations.
Link to my genealogical database
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