My great great grandfather was Ferdinand Lippold born in 1827, Birkenfeld in the Rheinland-Pfalz area. Everyone I've spoken to says he and his brother came over in 1851 but I can't find any records to validate it. However castlegarden.org lists a Ferdinand and Christoff coming over with Heinrich and Anna Martha as well as a couple of sisters in 1847. All the names and ages match what I had for his family and years of birth. If there is proof of the coming over in 1851 can someone tell me where to find it. Also if you might know where to start looking for records in germany I would appreciate the info. As I said he was from Birkenfeld in the Rheinland-Pfalz area. Thanks!