From Germany to Virginia: Researching Germanna Families

Photo: Germanna Visitor Center – 2013 – JohnnyReb67 – Creative Commons

They came from Germany to America in 1714 originally to provide a buffer zone colony against the French and to work and protect the ironworks of Lt. Governor Spotswood. These colonies of German immigrants to Virginia have been studied and written about for decades.

If you have discovered your ancestry leads you into the unique trees of the Germanna Colonies you might want to learn about some great resources available from the Germanna Foundation.

Photo: Map of Siegen, Germany – Genealogy of the Fishback Family in America – by John Fishback – 1917


My Germanna families are the Weavers and other related and intermarried families. Fortunately, my Grand Aunt left me many editions of the Before Germanna books and other published items and books that she bought from the Germanna Foundation in the 1990’s.

I cannot tell you how valuable these books have been and have saved me a lot of time. Why research something that’s already available in print and has been studied extensively!…Right?

Good News! if you don’t have these books many of them are still in print or reprint and are available on Amazon! Click the links below to review and add to your cart! {I do have several of the out of print Germanna books if you are looking for something specific you can view my library under “Research Assistance” at the top of the blog.} P. S. There are 3 FREEBIES in this post!


FREEBIE:
You can download for free the PDF “The First Decade of the Germanna Foundation 1956-1966” here. This is great history of the beginnings of the Germanna Foundation.


GERMANNA (OVERVIEWS)

Germanna: Outpost of Adventure 1714 – 1956 by John Walter Wayland & Charles Herbert Huffman – 2012


Germantown Revisited – The Germanna Record: The Memorial Foundation of the Germanna Colonies in Virginia; 3rd edition – 2005 by W. B. Hackley, B. C. Holtzclaw and Charles Herbert Huffman


Germanna Road: Three Hundred Year History of the Lower Orange County, Virginia, with Particular Attention to the Alexandria Tract and Lake of the Woods by Dr. Peter G. Rainey – 2010


Germanna by John W. Wayland – 2009


FIRST COLONY FAMILIES

Ancestry and Descendants of the Nassau-Siegen Immigrants to Virginia, 1714-1750: Special Edition – Germanna Foundation/Germanna Record – (Update to the 1964 Book) – by Dr. Benjamin C. Holtzclaw


SECOND COLONY FAMILIES

The Second Germanna Colony and Other Pioneers by John Blankenbaker – Geramanna Foundation – 2019 – Germanna Record #18


Kindle Edition for this book also available:


CLORE FAMILIES

The First Four Generations of the Michael Clore Family by Cathi Clore Frost – 2015 – Germanna Record #16


BLANKENBAKER, WEAVER & WHILHOIT FAMILIES

The Blankenbaker, Weaver & Whilhoit Families – by Charles L. Yowell and John C. Wilhite – – 2nd edition – 2006 – Germanna Record #13


Germanna Studies: Essays Honoring John V. Blankenbaker – Various authors – Germanna Foundation – Germanna Record #20
*Free Kindle edition!


The Willheit Family: The First Four Generations in America by Cathi Clore Frost – 2017 – Germanna Record #21


FISHBACK FAMILIES

Genealogy fo the Fishback Family in America: Descendants of John Fishback by Willis M. Kemper – 2018


FISHER FAMILIES

Fisher Genealogy by Gertrude Fisher Harding – 1942 is available here. Click the link in the bottom of the preview window to access this book in other versions to download, search or print.


HOFFMAN FAMILIES

John Hoffman: 1714 Germanna Colonist and His Descendants – The Germanna Foundation – 2nd edition – 1989


KEMPER FAMILIES

Genealogy of the Kemper Family in the United States: Descendants of John Kemper of Virginia by Willis Miller Kemper – 2015


THOMPSON/SPOTSWOOD FAMILY

Germanna: An historical novel; based upon the “ghost stories” and traditions which haunt the one-time home of “Parson” John Thompson and his wife, the former Lady Spotswood by Jennie Thornly Grayson – 1930


MARTIN FAMILIES

A Martin Genealogy: Tied to the History of Germanna, Virginia by William A. Martin – 2019


YAGER FAMILIES

The Yager Family: The First Five Generations by Cathi Clore Frost – 2010 – The Germanna Record


RECTOR FAMILIES

Rectors Remembered: The Descendants of John Jacob Rector – Vol. 1 by Laura Wayland-Smith Hatch – 2014


Rectors Remembered: The Descendants of John Jacob Rector – Vol. 2 by Laura Wayland-Smith Hatch – 2014


Rectors Remembered: The Descendants of John Jacob Rector – Vol. 3 by Laura Wayland-Smith Hatch – 2014


Rectors Remembered: The Descendants of John Jacob Rector – Vol. 4 by Laura Wayland-Smith Hatch – 2014


Rectors Remembered: The Descendants of John Jacob Rector – Vol. 5 by Laura Wayland-Smith Hatch – 2014


Rectors Remembered: The Descendants of John Jacob Rector – Vol. 6 by Laura Wayland-Smith Hatch – 2014


Rectors Remembered: The Descendants of John Jacob Rector – Vol. 7 by Laura Wayland-Smith Hatch – 2014


Rectors Remembered: The Descendants of John Jacob Rector – Vol. 8 by Laura Wayland-Smith Hatch – 2014


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