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Rheinland-Pfalz

Rheinland-Pfalz (Rhineland-Palatinate) (includes part of the principality of Birkenfeld [grand duchy of Oldenburg], the province of Rheinhessen [grand duchy of Hessen-Darmstadt], part of the landgraviate of Hessen-Homburg, most of the Bavarian Rheinpfalz, and most of the southern portion of the Prussian Rheinprovinz)

Because the largest single group of Germans to America came from the Palatinate and were called Palatines, beginning the the early 1700s, the term was originally applied as a synonym for any "German" by English and colonial people in America. It referred to people from German-speaking lands, nearly all of whom in that era came from near the Rhine River, the one major pathway out of Europe. After 1815, the Bavarian district west of the Rhine River became known as the Palatinate, while much of the former Palatinate became part of northern Baden.

  • Arbeitsgemeinde für Pfälzisch-Rheinishce Familienkunde. Located in Ludwigshafen (but with branches throughout the Pfalz), this genealogical society has a library of some 6,000 publications, as well as Ahnentafeln, abstracts from tax lists, and a Familiennamenkartei of about a million cards. Pfälzisch-Rheinische Familienkunde e.V, Rottstrasse 17 (Stadtarchiv), 67061 Ludwigshafen, Rhineland-Pfalz.
     
  • Archiv des Bistum Speyer. Contains archives of the Catholic bishopric of Speyer and thus the parish records of most Palatinate Catholic parishes.
     
  • Auswanderer-Museum-Oberalben. The Museum displays the history of emigration from the Palatinate to America. Some reference literature and name lists. Limited opening hours.
     
  • Die Bestände des Landeshauptarchivs Koblenz Koblenz Gesamtverzeichnis. Koblenz: Verlag der Landesarchivverwaltung Rheinland-Pfalz, 1997. FHL Book 943,42/C3J53
     
  • Bezirksverband Pfalz. Institute for Palatine History and Folklife Studies at Kaiserslautern. A widely known facility which has proved itself valuable to many researchers. 300,000 card files on Palatine emigrants, literature, resources, publications.
     
  • Braun, Fritz, comp. Auswanderer auf dem Schiff Samuel M. Fox. Ankunft New York, 4. Aug. 1852. (Kaiserslautern, Heimatstelle Pfalz [1964]) 32 p. (Schriften zur Wanderungsgeschichte der Pfälzer, Folge 21) Report on the voyage by Jacob Ernst Ruth and passenger list. Originally published in Pfälzische Familien- und Wappenkunde, 1964. Passenger list of emigrants from the Palatinate who arrived in New York on August 4, 1852; contains some genealogical information.
     
  • Braun, Fritz. Auswanderer aus Enkenbach seit Beginn des 18. Jahrhunderts. Heimatstelle Pfalz, [196-] 27 p. (Schriften zur Wanderungsgeschichte der Pfälzer ; Folge 11) Emigrants from Enkenbach since the beginning of the 18th century.
     
  • Braun, Fritz. Auswanderer aus Kaiserslautern im 18. Jahrhundert. Kaiserslautern : Heimatstelle Pfalz, 1965. 27, [5] p. (Schriften zur Wanderungsgeschichte der Pfälzer ; Folge 17) Emigrants from Kaiserslautern during the 18th century.
     
  • Braun, Fritz. Auswanderer aus Queidersbach, 1764 bis 1938 / Fritz Braun und Stefan Aicher. Kaiserslautern : Heimatstelle Pfalz, 1966. 40 p. (Schriften zur Wanderungsgeschichte der Pfälzer ; 24) Emigrants from Queidersbach from 1764 to 1938.
     
  • Braun, Fritz. Auswanderer aus Steinweiler in drei Jahrhunderten. [By] Fritz Braun. Kaiserslautern, Heimatstelle Pfalz, 1968. 64 p. (Schriften zur Wanderungsgeschichte der Pfälzer, Folge 27) Emigrants from Steinweiler during three centuries.
     
  • Broermann, Karl. [Auswanderung der Mülheimer nach Pennsylvanien. English & German] The emigration of the Mülheimers to Pennsylvania : both a local and German culture picture from the 17th century. Translated by Rosalie N. Castleberry. Windermere, Fla. (12404 Summerport Ln., Windermere 34786) : R.N. Castleberry, c1991. 46 p."With also a photocopy of the original German article: Die Auswanderung der Mülheimer nach Pennsylvanien.""The original article was published in the December, 1938 issue of the Mülheim Historical Society's Zeitschrift."  An "index to Mulheim emigrants" who came to Germantown (now a part of Philadelphia) is on pages 48-49.
     
  • Burgert, Annette Kunselman. Brethren from Gimbsheim in the Palatinate to Ephrata and Bermudian in Pennsylvania. Myerstown, PA : AKB Publications, c1994. A list of emigrants from Gimbsheim who settled in Ephrata and Bermudian, Pennsylvania; contains extensive genealogical information.
     
  • Burgert, Annette Kunselman. Colonial Pennsylvania immigrants from Freinsheim in the Palatinate. Myerstown, PA (691 Weavertown Rd., Myerstown 17067) : AKB Publications, c1989. List of 18th century emigrants from Freinsheim who settled in Pennsylvania; contains extensive genealogical information.
     
  • Burgert, Annette Kunselman. Early Pennsylvania pioneers from Mutterstadt in the Palatinate. Worthington, OH (P.O. Box 93, Worthington 43085) : AKB Publications, c1983. List of 18th century immigrants to Pennsylvania from Mutterstadt; contains extensive genealogical information.
     
  • Burgert, Annette Kunselman. Eighteenth and nineteenth century emigrants from Lachen-Speyerdorf in the Palatinate. Myerstown, PA (691 Weavertown Rd., Myerstown 17067) : AKBPublications, c1989. Alphabetical list of emigrants with considerable genealogical information.
     
  • Burgert, Annette Kunselman. Eighteenth century emigrants from German-speaking lands to North America. Breinigsville, Pa. : Pennsylvania German Society, 1983-<1985 >  Volume 1 lists emigrants from the Northern Kraichgau; volume 2, emigrants from the Western Palatinate. Both volumes include considerable genealogical information as well as indexes of ships, European place names, and surnames.
     
  • Burgert, Annette Kunselman. Eighteenth century Pennsylvania emigrants from Hassloch and Bühl in the Palatinate. [Worthington, OH] (P.O. Box 93, Worthington 43085) : AKB Publications, [c1983]  A list of 18th century emigrants who settled in Pennsylvania; contains extensive genealogical information.
     
  • Burgert, Annette Kunselman. The Hochstadt origins of some of the early settlers at Host Church, Berks County, Pa. Worthington, OH (P.O. Box 93, Worthington 43085) : AKB Publications, c1983. A list of emigrants from Hochstadt who settled in Berks County, Pennsylvania.
     
  • Burgert, Annette Kunselman. Palatine origins of some Pennsylvania pioneers. Myerstown, Pa. : AKB Publications, 2000. Extensive genealogical information for more than 600 Palatine immigrants to Pennsylvania.
     
  • Burgert, Annette Kunselman. Westerwald to America : some 18th century German immigrants / by Annette Kunselman Burgert and Henry Z Jones, Jr. Camden, Me. : Picton Press, 1989. List of 18th century emigrants; contains considerable genealogical information.
     
  • Burgert, Annette Kunselman. York County pioneers from Friedelsheim and Gönnheim in the Palatinate. Worthington, OH (P.O. Box 93, Worthington 43085) : AKB Publications, c1984. A list of 18th century Palatine emigrants who settled in York County, Pennsylvania.

  • Dilibri Rheinland-Pfalz. Dilibri ist die digitalisierte Sammlung von landeskundlichen Werken zu Rheinland-Pfalz sowie von Beständen aus rheinland-pfälzischen Bibliotheken.  It's a collection of regional history works from Rheinland-Pfalz as well as items from Palatinate libraries. Like University library of Trier and city library of Mainz. Among the items are 98 adress books, 287 books and 116 maps (16th till 19th Century).
     
  • Emigration Records: Governmental files, based on applications to emigrate, manumission records; Sale of property records; Church registers; Notarial records, Landesarchiv Speyer has 18th and 19th century records; Entlassungsurkunde (Releases from citizenship); Petitions for emigration; Reisepässe (permission to travel); Newspapers (may contain names of departing persons, starting in the 1830s); Parish histories or chronicles, Ortssippenbücher.
     
  • Eger, Wofgang. Die protestantischen Kirchenbücher der Pfalz. Landau: Druckerei Kanssler GmbH, 1960. FHL Fiche No. 60008351.
     
  • Evangelische Kirchen der Pfalz. Contains microfilm records of Protestant parishes of the Pfalz. Essentially all parish records before 1874 are filmed.
     
  • Freund, Hanns Egon. Emigration records from the German Eifel region, 1834-1911. Crystal Lake, Ill. : McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society, 1991. Alphabetical list of emigrants from the Eifel region, "with major emphasis on those emigrants whose final destinations were Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan."
     
  • Genealogy in Pfalz - Great information on research in the German state of the Palatinate (called Pfalz in German), including maps, archives and an old-German writing-style guide.
     
  • Hacker, Werner. Auswanderungen aus dem früheren Hochstift Speyer nach Südosteuropa und Übersee im XVIII. Jahrhundert. Kaiserslautern: Heimatstelle Pfalz, 1969. FHL Book 943.43 B4sp no. 28.
     
  • Hacker, Werner. Auswanderungen aus Rheinpfalz and Saarland im 18. Jahrhundert. Stuttgart: K. Theiss, 1987. FHL Book 943 W29h
     
  • Hager, Michael E. "Archives Related to Palatine Research." The Palatine Immigrant, June 2002.
     
  • Jones, Henry Z. Even more Palatine families : 18th century immigrants to the American colonies and their German, Swiss, and Austrian origins / by Henry Z. Jones, Jr. and Lewis Bunker Rohrbach. Rockport, Me. : Picton Press, c2002. Extensive genealogical information on eighteenth century immigrants to America. An every-name index appears in volume 3.
     
  • Jones, Henry Z. More Palatine families : some immigrants to the middle colonies 1717-1776 and their European origins, plus new discoveries on German families who arrived in Colonial New York in 1710. Universal City, Calif. : H.Z. Jones, 1991. Extensive genealogical information on many eighteenth century immigrants to America.
     
  • Jones, Henry Z. The Palatine families of New York : a study of the German immigrants who arrived in colonial New York in 1710. Universal City, Calif. : H.Z. Jones, 1985. Alphabetical list of the German immigrants who arrived in New York in 1710; contains extensive genealogical information.
     
  • Knittle, Walter Allen. Early eighteenth century Palatine emigration; a British Government redemptioner project to manufacture naval stores. With a foreword by Dixon Ryan Fox. Baltimore, Genealogical Pub.Co., 1965. The appendices on pages 242 to 303 contain lists of early Palatine emigrants.
     
  • Kuby, Alfred Hans. 1833 thru 1906, Palatine emigrants from Edenkoben (in Rheinland Pfalz, West Germany) to North America. Mechanicsburg, Pa. (P.O. Box 535, Mechanicsburg 17055) : Pennsylvania Chapter of Palatines to America, c1989. Edenkoben emigrants to North America during the years 1833 through 1906; arranged by date of emigration, with a surname index.
     
  • Landesarchiv Speyer. Houses civil records from the French revolutionary period, notarial records, tax lists, land records, maps, court records and emigration records.
     
  • Landeshauptarchiv Koblenz. Similar to the Landeshauptarchiv Speyer, focuses on southern portion of the former Prussian Rhineland and the northerly section of the former Palatinate. It preserves civil registers starting in 1798 (during the French occpation) and runs to 1876.
     
  • Local town records. Civil registration records are kept in the Standesamt, but after aournd 100 years or so, they may have been transferred to the Stadtarchiv  or the Kreisarchiv.
     
  • Müller, Anton. Die Kirchenbücher der bayerischen Pfalz. München: Theodor Ackermann, 1925. FHL Fiche No. 0415618.
     
  • Palatines to America. German Genealogy Society. Palatines to America (Pal Am) is a German genealogy society dedicated to the study of ancestors from all German speaking lands. The society takes its name from the fact that some of the earliest German-speaking immigrants to the American colonies came from a region in present-day Germany known as the Palatinate (Pfälz) and were called Palatines (Pfälzers). The founding members of Pal Am all had ancestors from this area of Germany.
     
  • Parish Offices. Local church records may have been transferred to the area's central archive or to a diocesan archive, or both.
     
  • Petto. Walter. Auswanderer aus dem Amt Nonnweiler 1841-1870. Nonnweiler : Verein für Heimatkunde, 1994. 81 p. (Hochwälder Hefte zur Heimatgeschichte ; Heft 34)  Emigrants from Nonnweiler are listed by year, with a name index.
     
  • Rasimus. Hans. Auswanderer aus Jockgrim im 19. Jahrhundert. Kaiserslautern : Heimatstelle Pfalz, 1980. 416 p. (Schriften zur Wanderungsgeschichte der Pfälzer ; Folge 29) (Beiträge zur Heimatgeschichte ; Bd. 1)  List of emigrants from Jockgrim during the 19th century; contains considerable genealogical information.
     
  • Rheinland-Pfalz GenWeb Page

  • Rheinland - Pfalz / Rhineland - Palatinate. Find Your German Roots.
     
  • Smith, Clifford Neal. Eighteenth-century emigrants from Kreis Simmern (Hunsrueck), Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, to Central Europe, Pfalzdorf am Niederrhein, and North America. McNeal, Ariz. : Westland Publications, 1982. iii, 23 p. (German-American genealogical research monograph, ISSN 0094-7806 ; no. 16) Alphabetical list of emigrants; the names first appeared in two articles by Dr. Walter Diener that were published in Germany in 1935 and 1939.
     
  • Smith, Clifford Neal. Emigrants from the West-German Fuerstenberg territories (Baden and the Palatinate) to America and Central Europe, 1712, 1737, 1787 / translated by Clifford Neal Smith. McNeal, Ariz. : Westland Publications, 1981. ii, 46 p.  (German-American genealogical research monograph, ISSN 0094-7806 ; no. 9) An alphabetical list of the names of individuals which appear in: Untersuchung zur Geschichte der Auswanderung in den Jahren 1712, 1737, und 1787 / Hermann Baier. Freiburger Diözesan-Archiv, 1937, n.F. 37:314-357. Emigrants from the Fürstenberg territories in 1712, 1737, and 1787.
     
  • Smith, Clifford Neal. Nineteenth-century emigration from Kreis Simmern (Hunsrueck), Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, to Brazil, England, Russian Poland, and the United States of America. McNeal, Ariz. : Westland Publications, 1980. 35 p. (German-American genealogical research monograph ; no. 8 ISSN 0094-7806). Alphabetical list of emigrants; names first appeared in two articles by Dr. Walter Diener, published in 1935 and 1938.
     
  • Staudt, Ricardo W. Palatine Church Visitations, 1609; Deanery of Kusel. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1990. FHL Book 943.43 K29p1980
     
  • 300 Jahre Auswanderung aus Otterberg / bearbeitet von Hans Steinebrei ; unter Mitarbeit von Franz Rink und Roland Paul. Kaiserslautern : Institut für Pfälzische Geschichte und Volkskunde, 1999. 216 p. (Schriften zur Wanderungsgeschichte der Pfälzer ; Bd. 41) Three centuries of emigration from Otterberg; includes texts of letters from some of the emigrants.
     
  • Walterscheid, Johannes. Auswanderer aus dem Siegkreis. Bonn a. Rh., L. Röhrscheid, 1939. Emigrants from Siegkreis are listed by hometown, then by date of emigration; contains a personal name index.
     
  • Weffer, Herbert. Auswanderer aus Stadt und Kreis Bonn von 1814 bis 1914. 1. Aufl. Röhrscheid, 1977. 443 p. (Veröffentlichungen des Stadtarchivs Bonn ; Bd. 19)  Alphabetical list of emigrants from Bonn during the period 1814 to 1914.
     
  • "What a Palatine? An Over-Used Word that Confuses." Der Blumenbaum 25, 4 (April/May/June 2008): 209-211.
     
  • Yoder, Don, editor. Rhineland emigrants : lists of German settlers in colonial America. Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1981. A collection of "twenty-four articles dealing with German-speaking emigrants of the eighteenth century...." Contains a personal name index.