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Immigrants to Pennsylvania, 1600s-1800s
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Immigrants to Pennsylvania, 1600s-1800s
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Immigrants to Pennsylvania features approximately 191,000 names of Pennsylvania residents from the 1600s to the 1800s.

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Research Pennsylvania's most influential early settlement! Organized in the 1680s by a Quaker, William Penn, this colony primarily included English Quakers but later included German, Dutch, Welsh, Scottish, and Irish. Over the next century, Penn's "Holy Experiment" attracted huge groups of immigrants to Pennsylvania. This data set provides information on these early settlers and immigrants. If you find an ancestor listed in this resource, you may be able to learn details of his travels and life in the New World.Here you can search the most important work on the immigration of Germans to Pennsylvania in the eighteenth century, Pennsylvania German Pioneers, as well as the oldest federal passenger lists in existence.

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  • William Penn and the Dutch Quaker Migration to Pennsylvania
    This scholarly study names all of the settlers in Germantown during the years 1683-1709. Details were collected from various sources including wills, personal correspondence and obituaries. The study follows William Penn's travels to Holland and Germany and discusses the resulting settlement of the Dutch and German Quakers who accepted Penn's invitation to relocate to Pennsylvania.
  • Immigration of the Irish Quakers into Pennsylvania, 1682-1750
    With Their Early History in Ireland

    This work is a combined history of Quakers in Ireland and Pennsylvania. It not only provides details of the Quaker migration to Pennsylvania, it examines the social life of the Friends. For example, you'll learn how the Quakers built their homes, how they conducted their meetings, the types of social interaction they participated in, and details of daily life. In addition, you'll learn extensive details of the lives of several prominent Irish Friends. The Appendix, comprising fully one-third of the volume, includes biographical sketches and abstracts of certificates of removal received at various monthly meetings. The information collected at monthly meetings ranged from details of birth, marriage and death, places of residence in Ireland, names of family members, dates of immigration, and places of residence in Pennsylvania.
  • Quaker Arrivals at Philadelphia, 1682-1750
    Being a List of Certificates of Removal Received at Philadelphia Monthly Meeting of Friends

    This important volume consists of a chronological list of Quaker immigrants who registered, upon their arrival in Philadelphia, with the Philadelphia Monthly Meeting of Friends. Since a large number of the Quakers who immigrated into the Province of Pennsylvania took up residence in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Monthly Meeting of Friends was the largest Quaker meeting in the province. Based on the certificates of removal from the Meetings of Friends of which they were members in other countries and colonies, listing of an individual generally provides the following information: name, date of certificate, former place of residence, former meeting, date of receipt, and other details of quaint and useful interest. For genealogical purposes, these removal records are important because they tell you where your ancestor lived before moving to Philadelphia.
  • Emigrants to Pennsylvania, 1641-1819
    A Consolidation of Ship Passenger Lists from
    The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
    This important collection of ship passenger lists ranges from brief name lists to full-blown articles giving passengers' places of origin, occupations, wives and children, dates of arrival, etc. With minor exceptions the lists document arrivals at the port of Philadelphia between 1682 and 1819 and identify approximately 6,000 immigrants, mainly British and German, the majority being named in two extensive lists of indentured servants and apprentices. Most of these lists were transcribed from manuscripts in the possession of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
  • Pennsylvania German Pioneers
    A Publication of the Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia from 1727 to 1808
    (2 Volumes)
    The most complete collection of colonial passenger lists ever published, these two volumes comprise all the original lists of persons who arrived in the port of Philadelphia between 1727 and 1808. The lists were assembled from state archives and give the names of 38,000 immigrants, 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, including 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. All names and variant spellings are listed in the Index, which comprises some 450 pages and 50,000 references. This publication is a reprint of the work originally compiled for the Pennsylvania German Society.
  • Names of Foreigners Who Took the Oath of Allegiance to the Province and State of Pennsylvania, 1727-1775 with Foreign Arrivals, 1786-1808
    This work is a comprehensive list of "foreigners" (mostly Germans) who immigrated to Pennsylvania between the years 1727 and 1775, and again during the years 1786-1808. The following information is available in this book: full name, the name of the ship on which a person sailed, date of arrival, port of origin, and, in some instances, ages, names of wives, and names of children. The index includes about 35,000 references.
  • A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French And Other Immigrants in Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776
    This work consists mostly of 319 ship passenger lists. Arranged by date of the ship's arrival, each passenger list notes the name of the ship and its origin. Also included is a listing of over a thousand settlers who came to Pennsylvania from other states. There is an index of ships and an eighty-four page index of surnames.
  • Record of Indentures of Individuals Bound Out as Apprentices, Servants, Etc. and of German and Other Redemptioners in the Office of the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia, October 3, 1771, to October 5, 1773
    Excerpted from The Pennsylvania-German Society Proceedings and Addresses, XVI, 1907, the vast majority of the passengers cited herein sailed from British, Irish, or Dutch ports, though some passengers certainly were of German origin. Altogether about 5,000 individuals are listed and the information given for each of them includes the port of embarkation, exact date of arrival, name of person to whom apprenticed or indentured, residence, occupation, term of service, and exact price of apprenticeship or indenture.
  • Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia, 1800-1819
    The Philadelphia "baggage lists" are the oldest federal passenger lists in existence. Compiled in accordance with a law made to exempt incoming passengers from paying duty on their personal belongings, they provide proof of immigration in the first two decades of the 19th century. In the lists are the names of the passengers, and in many cases there is data on such items as passengers' ages, nationalities, former places of residence, occupations, destinations, and the names and relationships of accompanying family members. In all there are about 4,767 ship lists with about 40,000 passengers identified. Most are from Great Britain (especially Northern Ireland) and Germany. For convenience, all of the passengers' names have been arranged in a single alphabetical list
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