What is source of the location of Johan Michael's birth in Wuerttemberg?

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I believe we are related. My family descends from Jacob, son of Johannes, son of Johannes Michael who arrived in 1730 on the ship Joyce from Rotterdam.
WikiTree profile: Michael Fischer
in Genealogy Help by Elaine Fisher G2G Crew (470 points)

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Family story (word of mouth) indicated the original immigrant John Michael Fischer came from Wurttemberg. In 1730 there was not a region called Baden Wurttemberg. Immigration records for Colonial PA refers to them as Palatines. I have been unable to find any documents in German archives for Michael's birth or baptism. One question I have is that Michael signed his name on the declaration of loyalty when he arrived and he claimed land West of Philadelphia soon after his arrival, and married in 1733. It appears he was educated and had some means to pay for his passage (arriving without debt.) Would like to talk with other researchers working on this family line.
by Elaine Fisher G2G Crew (470 points)
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The German location in the profile is confusing. Baden and Württemberg were two seperate countries in what is now Germany. They were unified only in 1952. So you will first have to determine the correct location Johann Michael Fischer is from. This is gonna be difficult, because it is such a common name, but maybe the information on this space page might help you to break down the brick wall.

by Jelena Eckstädt G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)

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