German Language: From Autobahn to Zeitgeist

Gemütlichkeit. Fahrvergnügen. Wunderkind. While many commonly used phrases came with those who traveled to the New World from Germany, others made their way to the US by way of advertising. If you are interested in learning German, please contact your local Goethe Institut. Find a compilation of some surprising German imports here.

Abseiling
Angst
Auto - Autobahn
Beergarden
Bratwurst
Burgher
Doppelgänger
Eigenvalue
Faulein/Fräulein
Fussball
Gemütlichkeit
Gesundheit
Hinterland
Kaffeeklatsching
Kaputt
Katzenjammer
Kindergarten
Kohlrabi
Leitmotiv
Mensch
Muesli
OOM PAH PAH Music
Poltergeist
Pretzel
Schadenfreude
Schatzi
to schlep, to shlep
Teergrube
über/uber
Verboten
Wanderlust
Wunderkind
Zeitgeist

German Genealogy

Ready to begin your search for your German ancestors? Here you will find the resources, tools and databases to research your family history and plan your own "Route to your Roots" heritage trip to Germany. Documentation on immigration from Germany is inconsistent. But researchers have a variety of collections, repositories and databases available. The sources date back to the beginning of German immigration in the early 17th century and into the 20th century.

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