Join Us in Oregon! The first ever Germanna Conference to be held on the West Coast is scheduled for Saturday, October 20, 2012, in St. Helen's, Oregon. John Blankenbaker is scheduled to speak about the history of the Germanna Colonies. Further plans for the gathering will be announced. If you are interested in attending, contact or Below, see other Second Colony-related events.


GERMANNA GATHERING ON THE WEST COAST, Saturday, October 20, 2012, St. Helen's, Oregon.

Cathi Clore Frost, Virginia Nuta, organizers. Speakers include John Blankenbaker. Also, the story of Aaron Broyles, founder of St. Helen's. Contact Cathi or Virginia.


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County Creation Dates

Although you will find four different Virginia counties mentioned in the history and genealogy of the Second Colony, after 1726 most of them lived in just one place, today's Madison County, Virginia. To lessen confusion, note the following dates of county creation:

Spotsylvania County, created from Essex County, 1721

Orange County, created from Spotsylvania County, 1734

Culpeper County, created from Orange County, 1748

Madison County, created from Culpeper County, 1793

Germanna Research Group

The Germanna Research Group is an independent group of scholars, researchers, and students of 18th and early 19th-century Virginia history. A major focus of inquiry will be the German immigrants who arrived in colonial Virginia in the early 1700s, and Lieutenant Governor Alexander Spotswood. The descendants of these German immigrants, now spread far and wide, contribute to these affiliated websites. The Germanna Research Group is not affiliated, however, with any other organization. Click the logo above to link to the Germanna Research Group.