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    Post Re: German America

    Here is a link to a decent German-American website:

    http://www.germancorner.com/

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    Post Re: German America

    My ancestor Christian Köhler came over from Wurtemburg, Germany in 1835. If I count correctly, I am 5th generation American? Christian had several sons, one named E. E had three sons, one named H. H had three sons, one named R. R had three sons and one daughter, one son was named M. M is my dad. So, born in America = E -> H -> R -> M -> Me. Or do I count Christian as well and I am 6th generation? Anyhow, my families settled in Ohio and bought land there that they farmed and passed down from generation to generation until my aunt finally sold it. My mom has all these old pics of our family that I can't wait till they become mine. On my mother's side, we are also German, but I do not have her family history like I have on my dad's side. We have so many other German surnames in our ancestry, which shows that we maily kept with our own people. I do have a smidgen of English and Irish way down the line somewhere.

    I live in a city in Texas called New Braunfels. We have a wonderful Wurstfest every year with authentic German music, dancing and folk dress. It is a lot of fun to attend. http://www.wurstfest.com/tours.htm
    I took pictures this year to share on skadi, but then my digital camera messed up and I lost them all. In December, we have a Wassailfest. There are wonderful places to eat here such as "Oma's Haus." Our newspaper here is called the Herald-Zeitung.
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    Post Re: AW: German North America

    Quote Originally Posted by Annikaspapa

    Nordamerikanische Wochenpost
    Amerikas Wochenzeitung in Deutscher Sprache
    www.wochenpostusa.com


    Just revisited this thread and while checking the validity of the links I've posted, noticed that this site has several interesting christmas related articles linked from the current edition. As it is the season, I thought I would bring this to the top...

    Frohe Festtage!
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    Post Re: German North America

    I took part in this one http://www.oldworld.ws/okfest.html while on a business trip and was pretty much sickened by the experience. Perhaps it was the late night atmosphere that turned me off, but it felt very bastardized and Americanized. For some reason I don't think that jello shots from women's belly buttons was/is a common part of the German fest. I didn't have a chance to hit the Bavarian Village during the day to avoid the college age crowd.

    I also missed the Daschund dog racing

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    Last edited by Mac Seafraidh; Wednesday, December 15th, 2004 at 09:12 AM.

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    Post Re: German North America

    The official site of the City of Bismarck, North Dakota :

    http://www.bismarck.org/

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    Post Re: German North America

    I had forgotten about this already existent thread when I started my own thread to post the link to The German-Canadian Heritage Museum; so I'll post the link to the museum's owners' site:

    German-Canadian History and Culture

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    Post Re: German North America

    Mennonites are a religious community mainly settled in the United States and Canada. Most of them people are from German, Swiss and Dutch descent. Here is a link about them, their history, their beliefs... :

    http://religiousmovements.lib.virgin...ennonites.html

    The Amish are a branch of the Mennonites. They all live in the State of Pennsylvania, in the so-called Pennsylvania Dutch Country (Dutch, here, stands for Deutsch, actually). They speak a German dialect still spoken in Alsace. It is due to the fact that their founder, Jacob Amman, was from Alsace.

    Find more about the Amish here :

    http://www.800padutch.com/amish.shtml

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    Post Re: German North America

    Quote Originally Posted by Rollon
    Mennonites are a religious community mainly settled in the United States and Canada. Most of them people are from German, Swiss and Dutch descent. Here is a link about them, their history, their beliefs... :

    http://religiousmovements.lib.virgin...ennonites.html

    The Amish are a branch of the Mennonites. They all live in the State of Pennsylvania, in the so-called Pennsylvania Dutch Country (Dutch, here, stands for Deutsch, actually). They speak a German dialect still spoken in Alsace. It is due to the fact that their founder, Jacob Amman, was from Alsace.

    Find more about the Amish here :

    http://www.800padutch.com/amish.shtml
    If you are interested in the subject of Mennonites in the USA, you might like this thread (The Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association) we had on them a couple of months ago.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fraxinus Excelsior
    If you are interested in the subject of Mennonites in the USA, you might like this thread (The Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association) we had on them a couple of months ago.
    Great thread.

    I'll post the following here, since that's where I started. Ingrid Rimland wrote a fiction trilogy about the Mennonite experience in Germany, Russia and the United States ; it is called 'Lebensraum'. I guess one could call it the Saga of the Mennonites.

    As Ingrid Rimland is Ernst Zündel's wife, you can purchase her book at :

    http://www.zundelsite.org

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