Further Information or Research Ideas for German Immigrants [closed]

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I have located the following record:

 "United States Germans to America Index, 1850-1897," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KD7V-CM9 : 27 December 2014), Maria Regli, 11 Nov 1884; citing Germans to America Passenger Data file, 1850-1897, Ship La Normandie, departed from Havre, arrived in New York, New York, New York, United States, NAID identifier 1746067, National Archives at College Park, Maryland.

Which could be my ancestor attached below. 

I have tried searching the database for other Reglis that immigrated the same year but none come up. She should have been traveling at least with her son Josef. 

What are my options to try and determine who this woman was traveling with?  Is something available online or will I have to order the microfilm and look at that and will that microfilm show the manifest or just this record?


WikiTree profile: Maria Viemann
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in Genealogy Help by Lance Martin G2G6 Mach 9 (90.9k points)
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2 Answers

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Hi, are you sure you are searching in the right country? It is a Swiss name and the roots seem to be in the cantone of Uri.

Greetings, Björn
by Björn Lohnert G2G2 (2.9k points)
selected by Judith Dressel
Thank you.


I have done a lot of Regli research and have entered over 1000 names and still have not been able to find her parents.

She lists on the census she was from Germany, but yes, I believe she was probably from Uri, Switzerland.

I looked for the distribution of the name Regli in Germany. There are only a few known, There are Regli in the counties of Oberallgäu, Düsseldorf, Oberhavel, North Friesland and Flensburg.


This is completely different in Switzerland.


maybe your ancestors gave the place of departure, maybe they spent some years in Germany, before they emigrated again.


A lot of Swiss citizens had to leave Switzerland in the 17th century due to religious persecution, the main German area they settled in was the Palatinate.
Yes Helmut, that's true. But when the aforementioned Regli came to the USA, the persecution of Swiss brethren had already stopped. So we would have to explain, why the Regli family left Palatine or other regions nearly without leaving a trace. Many Swiss people emigrated from Germany to the USA, but their names are still today present there. It is really hard to determine the origin of the Regli family without further information.


greetings, Björn
+7 votes
From 1820 until the opening of Ellis Island in 1892, immigrants to New York were processed at Castle Garden.  The database for arrivals there is online.   

If you search there, you will find that the Maria Regli that you mentioned arrived with three others (none of them children).  You will also find another Maria Regli, arriving in 1885 with 3 others, including M. Joseph Regli, age 1.

by JT Strong G2G6 Mach 6 (63.3k points)
Thank you for that link. I hadn't seen that site before. Unfortunately those josef's are the wrong ages, but certainly helpful in my one name Regli research.
You may have just put a crack in my brick wall.  Due to this site, I was able to find an A. Regli and a J. Regli traveling together which are very close to the correct ages, and they seem to be travelling with a Renner family, another surname of interest.


Thanks again.


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