What happened to the Palatine Project?

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Earlier I saw a posting about a Palatine Project. What happened to it? I have ancestors who came to America in 1742 from the Palatinate and woul like to become involved with tracing other families who also came from the area of Horschbach in the Kreis Kusel area.
asked in Genealogy Help by Roy Gehris G2G2 (2.9k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

2 Answers

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Hi Roy,

The Palatine Project is a sub-project of  German Roots you can find it here Palatine Migration  or contact Marlene Marx she is the main coordinator for the root project she will know who to contact specifically for that project.

Have a great week!

answered by Steve Schmidt G2G6 Pilot (346k points)
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The Palatine Migration project is alive and well, although for some reason it's not yet listed as a link under German Roots on the main WikiTree project page, and recruitment of new members has been slow. Here's a link to the Palatine Migration Project page.

You are listed on the project page as a project member, Roy, and you are on the list of managers for our Project Bulletin Board page. To see G2G communications about the project, add the project tag of palatine_migration to your followed tags.

The focus at the moment is on the people who migrated  from German-speaking places to England, Ireland, or America from the first decade of the 1700s through about 1775, including those who died en route. I've added the project template to a lot of profiles, and we have around 1000 profiles in the Palatine Migrants category.  Working out the histories of the migrants is the most critical step in the trail between Germany and the other places where our Palatine ancestors settled.  Are your migrant ancestors in the Migrants category yet? If not, add them by adding the string {{Palatine Migration}} at the top of the text section of the profile to add the template to the profile and put them into the category.

answered by Ellen Smith G2G6 Pilot (866k points)
It's now August 2018 and the Palatine Migration project is still not listed under the German Roots project  It's very difficult to find the project from inside WikiTree or to navigate to it. I stumbled across it using Google. Perhaps this partly explains the project's slow growth?
I think Michael has an excellent point.  The nesting of the Palatine Migration Project inside the German Root project is cumbersome and creates confusion.  Indeed, the tag "German Roots" is too general to be useful for most Americans with German ancestry--and you have to get through that to join Palatine Migration.  Some (not me) have advocated that Irish and English should sometimes be classified as Palatines, which would make even less sense if inside German Roots.

I have carried the Palatine_Migration tag on my profile for over a year, and at least twice since then, I have been encouraged to joint the project.  To paraphrase Mark Twain, I would not join a club of which I am already a member.

Well, Michael, it's clear from your WikiTree history that you are very active researching and documenting Palatine migrants and their descendants, but "joining" a project in WikiTree involves more than just following the tag here in G2G. (Goodness knows, there are plenty of people who follow project tags like dna without ever joining the project.)

The protocol may seem arcane, but it's pretty painless: You are supposed to declare yourself to be a project member by (1) requesting the project badge (and, as you note, Palatine Migration doesn't have its own badge -- we share the German Roots badge with other folks) and (2) adding your name and a description of your interests to the participants list on the project page.  Dave Rutherford or I can give you the German Roots badge if you are willing to accept it, and I'd love to have you add your name on the participants page. Additionally, we have a bulletin board page for project communication --  send Dave or me a private message so we can use your email address to add you as a ;profile manager on that page (so you'll get notifications of new profile messages).

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