Project: Palatine Migration

Categories: German Roots | Palatine Migration Project | Palatine Migration

The WikiTree Palatine Migration Project aims to support research and collaboration on profiles of German-speaking migrants, usually called "Palatine Germans" or "Palatines," who settled in North America, Ireland and elsewhere in the 18th century, prior to the American Revolution.

This is a sub-project of the WikiTree German Roots Project.

The earliest Palatine migrants were the "Poor Palatines," some 13,000 Germans, many of them from Electoral Palatinate region of Germany, who went to England between May and November 1709. The British government was unable to integrate them, and tried to resettle them in England, Ireland, and Britain's colonies. In 1710 the English transported nearly 3,000 in ten ships to New York, where many were assigned to work camps along the Hudson River to work off their passage.

Migration from German-speaking areas of Europe (including modern Germany, Switzerland, the Alsace, and other areas, continued in subsequent decades. Up until the time of the American Revolutionary War, German speakers emigrating to America were universally labeled "Palatines."


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Project participants need to be members of WikiTree. If you are not yet a WikiTree member, see Help: How to Use WikiTree to get started.

Are you interested in the Palatine Migration Project?

To join us in this project, post a message and let us know what you'd like to work on. You should also:

  • Ask Dave or Ellen for the German Roots Project badge.
  • Add german_roots and palatine_migration to your followed tags on G2G.
  • Add your name to the Participants list below. Feel free to explain your areas of interest.

Tasks and Project Goals

Here are some of the tasks that we think need to be done. We could use your help.

  • Establish the parameters of the project. I would recommend that we start by only adding immigrants, although consideration could be given to adding their descendants as well.
  • Identify the WikiTree profiles of the Palatine immigrants who settled in America as well as other places such as the Bahamas and Ireland and add them to the project. Many of these profiles are from old gedcom's and need sourcing as well.
  • Establish the appropriate categories to accompany the project and add profiles to those categories. Additional categories for specific ships that carried migrants from German ports or Rotterdam to England, Ireland, Philadelphia, Germany, or other destinations could be useful in research.
  • Maintain a list of research resources for the project.

Project Template

Apply the project template to profiles for Palatine Migrants: {{Palatine Migration}} will produce this display and will place the profile in Category: Palatine Migrants:

... ... ... was a Palatine Migrant.
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  • Dave Rutherford I have multiple lines of Palatine ancestors in both my family and my wife's family, with arrivals in both early New York and Philadelphia. Names include Teeple (Dippel), Ribble (Riebell), Moyer (Meier), Teeter (Dieter) and Young (Jung).
  • Ellen Smith - My ancestry includes some Palatines who arrived in New York in 1710 and endured life in West Camp, as well as a number of Palatine immigrants to eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Jenny Snyder
  • Harold Lansing
  • Roy Gehris - I have Palatine ancestors who arrived in Philadelphia and then settled in Berks and Northampton Counties. Many arrived in the 1729 - 1739 time period. Some of my early immigrants were from the Keim, Huff, Bittenbender, Moll and Gehris families.
  • Richard Hollenbeck - I have Palatine ancestors in the Hudson River Valley of New York. I think they were all over that region, but I know for sure that some of them lived in Katsbaan, which is nowadays called, Saugerties.
  • Daniel Federico
  • Diana (King) Marable - I believe some of my ancestors came from Hanau, Germany, and possibly Rhineland. Wentzel or Wenzel, which has changed in Vancil over the years. They arrived in Philidelphia, and eventually ended up in Illinois. I also have ancestors from the Gabel/Gobble line.
  • Cynthia Griffin - My Koonce/Cunitz/Cuntz and Lnuk lines arrived in PA and migrated to New Bern, Craven, NC and lived during the Tuscarora Indian War. All members of my 6th GGF's family were killed during the Tuscarora massacre of 1711, except himself. Other Palatine lines arrived in PA, settling in Berks and Montgomery Counties for a brief time before migrating south on the Great Philadelphia Wagon Road to Salisbury, Rowan County, NC. These Rowan County family lines include Agner/Aegner, Barringer/Behringer, Eller/Ehler from 4 lines, Drechsler, Goettge/Getchy/Ketchie, Hamm, Huels, Kesler and Trexler. I am also researching the Brown/Braun line of Rowan County, NC and also the Clapp/Klapp and Peninger lines of Alamance and Guilford Counties, NC.
  • Paul Roth
  • Duane Poncy
  • William Boyer
  • Andrea Pack Walter Pack Sr my dear late husband has many grandparental lineages that came from Germany, namely Swope, Cooper, Christian Snidow 1710-1772, Mann, etc.
  • Ted Sarvata One of my ancestors is Christoffel Maul. I have an unsourced family tree that lists 3 of his grandparents that we don't seem to have in WikiTree. I'm trying to track down sources.
  • Robin Fehser
  • Stan Baldwin Daubenspeck family came from Freinsheim in 1736 on the ship Harle.
  • Linda Barnett Romingers and Spach came that way thru Pennsylvania and also New York
  • Daniel Bly
  • Eric McDaniel
  • Benjamin Frey - I'm trying to trace my branch of the Frey family back but I'm stuck at the point of immigration. Leonhard Frey in lowhill, PA in the late 18th century is the last concrete link I can make. His parentage, or origins, are very hard to ascertain. However, many Palatinate families settled in that area and attended hos church so I am assuming he or his father were from the palatineate.
  • Cheryl Hess
  • Charles Bash
  • Rachel Pieters my Palatine/German ancestors settled in Pennsylvania, mostly around Schuylkill County. Names include Eisenhauer/Eisenhower, Hauser/Houser, Womer/Woomer, Manbeck, Hoy/Hey, Katterman, Strauss, Zerbe, Zeller, Reinhard, Spanhauer, Lum, Meyer, Strubel, Mildenberger
  • Judith Bramlage I have one Palatine ancestors that I have identified for sure: Amanda Moriah|Melvina|Marian Smith|Schmidt|Scmidt of New York, probably Attica, New York. She move to Ohio where she married Nelson Lee Eastman and moved to with him to Wisconsin, then Minnesota, and probably died with him in Valley Springs, SD.
  • Nicholas Notestine Been searching for 10 years for the root of my 'Notestine (Nothstein)' family. There is a common one out there but I believe mine branches off Pre-Immigration from Germany.
  • Harry Bittenbender Try to connect to ancestors and descendants in Germany probably near Sankt Martin in todays Rhineland-Pfalz.
  • E. Gatlin My Palatine/Swiss ancestors migrated to Alsace and then to Pennsylvania. Surnames include Binggeli/Binckele, Verly/Werle, and Frey.
  • Jaki Erdoes - My mother was a Sternbergh whose ancestors settled in the Mohawk Valley as early as 1710. Other surnames include Rickert, Schuyler, Printup, and Petrie.
  • Ronald Reed I have at least 2 ancestors from Germany, potentially 3, so far with several lines still remaining. I strive for accuracy and pay attention to detail. Plus I am very interested in my German heritage.


WikiTree Links

Will you join us? Please post a comment in G2G using the project tag palatine_migration, or send Dave Rutherford a private message. Thanks!

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