German Christmas Traditions Pennsylvania

History of German Christmas Traditions In the early settlement period (1700-1800) in Pennsylvania, the celebration of German Christmas Traditions is dependent upon your religious affiliation. Historians suggest that Christmas was most likely not celebrated by the  Baptists, Presbyterians, Quakers, and the Congregationalists. Mostly European immigrants affiliated with the Dutch Reformed, and Lutheran denominations are responsible […]

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Independence July 4th 1776

United States Independence July 4th, 1776 The United States of America was formed by the founding fathers of the original 13 colonies declaring our independence from Great Britain over 240 years ago. Following the Declaration of Independence more substantial tools for governing were created by colonial officials. They include the Articles of Confederation which was […]

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Farming Colonial Pennsylvania

Most of the Germans that came to America in the early 1700s were already experienced farmers or learned the business from relatives and neighbors. My ancestors from the Rhine River valley of Germany came to this country at the invitation of Queen Anne of England with the promise of land to farm and support their […]

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Johann Leonhardt Feg 1717-1758

Ancestry Settles In Penn’s Woods John Leonhardt Feg’s father Johann Peter Schneider Feg and his family arrived in America in 1710 with about 3,000 fellow German ancestors. They had minimal food provisions and tents for lodging on Nutten Island off the southern tip of present-day New York City. Today this area is known as Governors […]

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Ancestry Veterans 2019

Veterans Day Salute November 11, 2019 We are saluting and recognizing the services of all United States military forces, past and present, for their sacrifices in keeping peace around the world. In addition, we are saluting all  Pennsylvania Colonial settlers that participated in the organized militia activities that helped the United States become a Democracy […]

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