Ken, sorry for the late reply -- Thanksgiving and all. I am not familiar with the village of Messer. You have probably contacted the village coordinator but I will give you this URL anyway. www.webbitt.com/volga/m-p.htm. I would think there'd be a connection, even if distant, between the Messer Meisingers and the Schilling Meisingers. Sorry I can't be of specific help. Did you find them on the Ellis Island site? Or did they immigrate through Baltimore, like mine?