With our upcoming German themed picnic in mind, member Sherri Spencer came across the following articles of interest:
MIGRATION TO THE COLUMBIA BASIN
6.9 million immigrants came from Germany between 1820 and 1970 . . . “15% of total immigration during this time. This made German Americans one of the most significant ethnic groups in American society.” Farming, then railroad opportunities brought many to the Pacific Northwest. Read the full article HERE from the Washington State University’s archive site.
These incredible stories come from the Offbeat Oregon History site (‘heroes and rascals, shipwrecks and lot gold . . . stories hardly anyone knows about”). Read them HERE.
~ Sentenced to 3 years in prison for singing in German on a train.
~ American women stripped of citizenship and forced to register as ‘enemy aliens’.
For Those Doing Armenian Research
SGS Treasurer Merilee Mulvey shares a link to Dick Eastmans’ Genealogy Newsletter for an article (Part 1) on researching Armenian history. View it HERE.