- Lists of Swiss Emigrants in the Eighteenth Century to the American
by Albert B. Faust and Gaius M. Brumbaugh
In two volumes, this is the authoritative work on Swiss emigration to
the Carolinas and Pennsylvania in the 18th century. Volume I identifies
approximately 2,000 emigrants from the Canton of Zurich during the period
1734-1744. Volume II extends the scope of investigation to Bern for
the years 1706 through 1795 and Basel for 1734 through 1794. Generally,
you'll find the following information about an individual included in
one of these volumes: age, date of birth or baptism, names of family
members, occupation, place of origin, and destination.
- Historic Background and Annals of the Swiss and German Pioneer
Settlers of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and of their Remote Ancestors
by H. Frank Eshleman
This work explores the background of the great sectarian movements in
Germany, Switzerland, and Holland. Much of the focus is on Lancaster
County genealogy and the emigration from the Palatinate in the eighteenth
century. Substantial sections are devoted to lists of early settlers
and biographical sketches of those who subsequently became known as
- The German Immigration into Pennsylvania Through the Port of
Philadelphia from 1700 to 1775 and the Redemptioners
by Frank R. Diffenderffer
This important historical study deals with the background of German
immigration (especially that of the Palatines). It details the causes,
migration patterns, the leading figures in the movement, and the disposition
of the immigrants. Much of the focus of the book is on the redemptioners,
those who bound themselves to service as payment for the trip to America.
It covers the types of bond servants and evaluates their role in the
development of the German settlements in America.
- List of Germans from the Palatinate who Came to England in 1709
by John Tribbeko and George Ruperti
This work lists nearly 2,000 heads of household who emigrated from the
Palatine region of Germany to England in 1709 (most of whom continued
on to America). For each, the following information is provided: occupation,
age, marital status, ages of sons and daughters, and church affiliation.
- True and Authentic Register of Persons who in the Year 1709
Journeyed from Germany to America
by Ullrich Simmendinger
The Simmendinger Register, as this work is called, consists of an alphabetical
list of approximately 500 Palatine families who settled in or near the
Mohawk Valley of New York in the year 1717. These families were the
survivors of the great Palatine migration from the Rhineland in 1709.
The migration took them first to England and then, in 1710, under the
patronage of Queen Anne, to America. A participant in this migration,
the author published this work upon his return to Germany in 1717 as
a message from the colony overseas to friends and relatives back home
in Germany. This is an authoritative register of pioneer Palatine families
and early settlers of the Mohawk Valley.
- Pennsylvania German Immigrants, 1709-1786 Lists Consolidated
from Yearbooks of "The Pennsylvania German Folklore Society"
by Don Yoder
The lists compiled here set out to identify German emigrants in their
homeland and in Pennsylvania. You'll find reference to a great variety
of records, including manumission records, parish registers, passports,
church records, wills, and tax lists. The emigrants are frequently listed
in Strassburger and Hinke's Pennsylvania German Pioneers. Evidence
of immigration such as dates of arrival and ship names were often drawn
from that work. The materials often indicate causes for emigration,
dates of emigration, the emigrant's occupation, his dates of birth and
marriage, place of birth and residence, and names of family members,
sometimes with lines of descent for several generations. The materials
cited after arrival in America generally identify the emigrant in connection
with his place of settlement in southeastern Pennsylvania.
- The Book of Names, Especially Relating to the Early Palatines
and the First Settlers in the Mohawk Valley
by Lou D. MacWethy
Originally published in 1933, this classic work was the first to list
the names of early Palatines of New York State, the original settlers
of the Mohawk Valley, known as the Gateway to the West. The estimated
20,000 names are classified, combined, and arranged to enable the researcher
to identify Palatine immigrants in relation to specific categories of
records. Among the important lists of names are the following: The Kocherthal
records of baptisms, marriages, and deaths, 1708-1719; Palatine heads
of families, from Gov. Hunter's Ration Lists, 1710-1714; Lists of Palatines
in 1709 (the four London lists of emigrants from Germany, most of whom
emigrated to America); Palatines remaining and newly arrived in New
York, from the colonial census of 1710; Names of Palatine children apprenticed
by Gov. Hunter, 1710-1714; and various lists of Palatines in the colonial
militia of New York. "In few other listings will readers find such
attention to detail. A very good addition to most libraries." RQ,
Reference Services Division, American Library Association (Winter 1969).
- Early Eighteenth Century Palatine Emigration
by Walter Allen Knittle
This definitive work lists approximately 12,000 Palatine settlers along
with the names of their family members and their dates of emigration.
Generally, these individuals settled in Pennsylvania, North Carolina,
and the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys of New York.
- A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German,
Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants in Pennsylvania from 1727
by Israel Daniel Rupp
Consisting of 319 ship passenger lists, here you'll find a listing of
more than 1000 settlers who came to Pennsylvania from other states.
For each, you'll learn the name of the ship on which the individual
sailed and that ship's origin and date of arrival. This book includes
an index of ships as well as a surname index.
- The Germans of Colonial Georgia, 1733-1783
by George F. Jones
This is a definitive list of the German-speaking inhabitants of colonial
Georgia. Composed of Salzburgers from Austria, Palatines from the southern
Rhineland, Swabians from the Territory of Ulm, and Swiss, the so-called
Georgia "Dutch" represented the largest ethnic group in Georgia
in the mid-18th century. Today, their descendants are scattered throughout
the fifty states. In this revised edition of his classic account of
The Germans of Colonial Georgia, George Jones, emeritus professor
of German and the preeminent authority on the German-speaking population
of colonial Georgia, has compiled an alphabetical list of approximately
3,500 Germans. While information varies for each individual, often you'll
learn German-speaking region of origin, one or more dates of record
in Georgia, names of family members, dates of vital events, name of
vessel upon which the individual traveled, and information as to sponsor,
legatee, or servant. The author eliminated the confusion that often
stems from the frequently garbled versions of colonial German names
by putting both the colonist's family name and given name in the correct
German form. This will make gathering additional information about an
immigrant ancestor in European archives much easier. In this revised
edition, Mr. Jones added many newly discovered names and clarified previous
entries. The work concludes with a very helpful index to 18th-century
place names of Germanic Europe.
- German Immigrant Servant Contracts Registered at the Port of
by Farley Grubb
More than forty percent of all German immigrants entering the port of
Philadelphia in the early 19th century entered into servitude as a means
of paying for their passage. After the servant contract was negotiated
and the shipper paid, the contract was registered with the government.
This register of servant contracts, one of the few existing documents
that can be used to identify German immigrants for the period 1817-1831,
contains a summary of the key elements in the actual contracts. This
often includes servant's name, buyer's name, occupation, township, county
and state of residence, length of servitude, and amount paid to the
shipper. Altogether nearly 1,200 of these contracts were registered
in the years 1817 through 1819 while only 73 entries were recorded between
1820 and 1831. Servant contracts such as those compiled here are especially
useful since they cover the period of time before official passenger
arrival records were kept.
- A New Land Beckoned: German Immigration to Texas, 1844-1847
by Chester W. Geue and Ethel H. Geue
A compilation of original source material on the settlement of Germans
in Texas from 1844 to 1847, here you will find lists of ships from Germany
and the United States as well as indication of the Germans they brought
to Texas. For each of the more than 4,000 individuals listed, you'll
learn age, names of accompanying family members, place of residence
in Europe, and dates of departure and arrival.
- New Homes In A New Land: German Immigration To Texas, 1847-1861
by Ethel H. Geue
This work is essentially a compilation of information gleaned from 105
passenger lists of ships that arrived at Galveston between the years
1847 and 1861. For each of the 5,600 individuals listed, you'll learn
age, family, residence in Europe, name of ship, date of departure from
Germany, date of arrival in Texas, and name of Texas county in which
the immigrant settled. In addition to the lists of immigrants, this
work includes a brief history of German immigration to Texas as well
as the names and descriptions of some of the Germans who were in Texas
before it was a Republic. New Homes in a New Land is the sequel
to the author's A New Land Beckoned and brings the story of the
German immigration to Texas up to the time of the Civil War.
- German Immigrants: Lists of Passengers Bound From Bremen to
New York, 1847-1871, With Places of Origin
by Gary J. Zimmerman and Marion Wolfert
In four separate books, this collection is based on National Archives
passenger lists of vessels arriving at New York. It is especially valuable
since the original lists of emigrants leaving Bremen were destroyed
during World War II. Because this list only includes emigrants for whom
specific places of origin were given, not all Bremen passengers of the
1847-1871 period are included. For each of the approximately 125,000
immigrants included, you'll find details concerning age, date of arrival,
name of ship on which they traveled, and original source material. The
immigrants' names are arranged in alphabetical order and family members
are grouped together, usually under the head of household.
- Pennsylvania German Pioneers: A Publication of the Original
Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia from 1727 to 1808
by Ralph Beaver Strassburger
The most complete collection of colonial passenger lists ever published,
this work comprises all the original lists of persons who arrived in
the port of Philadelphia between 1727 and 1808. Assembled from state
archives, you'll find the following information about each of the 38,000
immigrants referenced here: names of ships, dates of arrival, and places
of origin. Since no other port maintained such extensive and continuous
records, this work is foremost among compilations of its kind.
Volume I covers the period 1727-1775 and contains 324 ship passenger
lists, captains' lists, signers of the oath of allegiance, and signers
of the oath of abjuration.
Volume II covers the period 1785-1808 and includes 182 additional
lists, in many cases giving ages, occupations, and birthplaces. With
50,000 references, the index to this volume contains all names as well
as their variant spellings.
- Rhineland Emigrants: Lists of German Settlers in Colonial America
edited by Don Yoder
This collection of articles pertaining to the European origins of Pennsylvania
German immigrants originally appeared in the magazine Pennsylvania
Folklife (successor to The Pennsylvania Dutchman). Virtually
all the emigrants mentioned in this work are cited with reference to
church, parish, provincial records, and other records located in the
archival repositories of the old Palatinate and adjoining provinces
in southwest Germany. Where possible, individuals are cited again with
reference to a corresponding range of Pennsylvania source materials
(notably church records, wills, and tax lists). The emigrants are frequently
listed in Strassburger and Hinke's Pennsylvania German Pioneers.
Evidence of immigration such as dates of arrival and ship names were
often drawn from that work.
- The Settlement of the German Coast of Louisiana and Creoles
of German Descent
by J. Hanno Deiler
This book is a first-rate resource for researchers interested in the
early German and Swiss settlers of Louisiana (and especially in the
area along the Mississippi west of New Orleans known as the German Coast).
The author devotes the beginning of this work to the early German families
and their settlements in Louisiana. Nearly one-half of the book lists,
along with genealogical notices, some 2,000 Names of German Habitants
on Both Banks of the Mississippi Above New Orleans, as based on
the official census of 1724, and a roster of Additional German Names
Not in the  Census. Included among these families, it should
be noted, are Germans from Maryland and Creoles of German descent.
- Naturalizations of Foreign Protestants in the American and West
by Montague S. Giuseppi
Here you will find copies of all the returns of naturalizations of foreign
Protestants sent from the Colonies to the Lords Commissioners for Trade
and Plantations between 1740 and 1772. It refers to some 6,500 persons
(mostly Germans) who were naturalized in accordance with an act of 1740.
The returns are from the colonies of South Carolina, North Carolina,
Virginia, Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania, as well as Jamaica in
the West Indies. The entries generally include name, religion, town
and county of residence, and date of naturalization.
- Persons Naturalized in the Province of Pennsylvania, 1740-1773
by John B. Linn and William H. Egle
Most of the 3,000 individuals included in this volume were Quakers.
For each, you'll learn full name, place of residence, date of naturalization,
and location of the county court and the name of the judges who conferred
citizenship upon the applicants for naturalization.
- Names of Foreigners who Took the Oath of Allegiance to the Province
and State of Pennsylvania, 1727-1775
by William Henry Egle
This work is an exhaustive list of mostly German immigrants who arrived
in Pennsylvania between 1727 through 1775 and 1786 through 1808. For
the approximately 35,000 individuals included here, you'll learn full
name, name of ship, date of arrival, port of origin, and names and ages
of family members.