Because so many Second Colony families intermarried, many of their descendants carry the bloodlines of several Second Colony families. One of the pleasures of Second Colony genealogy is that you can always find a cousin. It is natural and useful for there to be a forum and location for all Second Colony families.

Why Is a Germanna Second Colony Website Needed?

In the past, the Second Colony has always been considered in conjunction with the First Colony. Some have felt that the Second Colony has received insufficient attention because of that pairing. Whether or not that is correct, it is still true that the Second Colony has not had a site to itself where its news, articles and concerns could be taken. This site attempts to provide that place.


This site is only as good as its content. If you think something you see is incorrect, or if you want to add information, contact vrnuta@verizon.net. We are also looking for research articles or other types of articles on Second Colony individuals, families, or Madison County, VA, history. Also, we are willing to consider posting articles about other Second Colony families in a manner similar to the Yager presentation on this site. Let us know if you have something you think deserves posting.

Join the Germanna Research Group

This website is affiliated with the Germanna First Colony website, and the Alexander Spotswood website. All three of these sites work together under an umbrella group, the Germanna Research Group. The individuals working with this group have been researching their Second Colony ancestors for many years.

Membership in the Germanna Research Group is free to those approved for membership.


hebronThis Website is owned and maintained by Second Colony LLC, a Maryland Limited Liability Company, dedicated to improving our understanding of the Second Colony of the Germanna immigrants and sharing that knowledge with others. Copyright Second Colony LLC.

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.