Project: Palatine Migration

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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 Germany 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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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:

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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 Looking for data about Johan Martin Bash, allegedly born 1738. First appears In Westmoreland co., PA. They were reformed Lutherans and are thought to speak German at home for 3 generations. Generation 2 marries into the Lauffer family who are clearly Palatines.
  • 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.
  • Joe Murray Descendant of Palatine migrants, surname Maul and Menges, who eventually settled in the Town of Montgomery, Orange County, NY
  • G. Reiter
  • Elizabeth Nyreen
  • Rebekah (Phelps) McKinney I have Palatine ancestors. Surname Boyer.
  • Christopher Roberts My Palatine/German ancestors largely settled in Pennsylvania, mostly in Bucks and Berks Counties. The locations they came from are varied, but I've happened across Siegelsbach, Barbelroth, Bad Rappenau, Wertheim, Frankenthal, Ichenheim, Schwabisch Hall, and Thalfang a number of times. Names I'm interested in are Ackerman, Alt, Breunig, Baum, Beishline, Bühler, Cushwa, Driess, Hoerner, Horlacher, Horn, Kirschner, Klee, Krug, Lerch, Moser, Nagel, Ott, Rishel, Schneider, Staudt, Teuffel, Wambold, Warg, Weiland, Whitman/Wittman, and Zangmeister.
  • John Deeter Numerous Palatine ancestors, mainly Dunkers: Dieterich (not originally Dieter, but altered to Deeter/Teeter), Shively, Stutzman, Ulrich, Greib/Cripe, Frantz, Heckman, Replogle, Hanawalt, Rothrock. Currently I'm interested in the Dieterich/Dieter families in southern PA, MD, and VA pre-1770 or so to see if I can locate more relatives and trace them back to Europe.
  • Phyllis McCollum
  • Margaret Cook
  • Patricia Hall
  • Cory Fulmer I have Palatine ancestors I am always researching to find more information on. Bender, Kramer, and Pressler. Bender and Kramer came to America, married in New York, and settled there. Pressler was already married when they arrived in America in 1710 with Rev. Josuha Kocherthal. They settled in New York as well, but their descendants quickly spread south and became the ancestors of Elvis Presley.
  • S J Baty From family legend, our Ranck family immigrants are Huguenots. However, research from Ranck researchers has cast some doubt on the Huguenot connection. What we do know is that brothers John Philip Ranck, John Michael Ranck, and their families were Protestants (possibly religious refugees), came from the Palatine region, and migrated with other Palatines in the early 18th century. I would like to expand our knowledge of their migration and the history surrounding their move.
  • Michael Schell. My father's line is a "target-rich environment" for Palatines.
  • Rebecca Morris My father and daughter's father have several Palatine lines.
  • David Winters Interested in the Palatine Migration of 1710. Several of my 6th, 7th and 8th great grandparents were part of the original migration to the Hudson River Valley of New York.
  • Barbara Richards
  • Sharon Sinclair The majority of my European DNA is German and I'm hoping participation in this group will provide additional resources to assist my research.
  • Richard Lackey
  • Kathy Rabenstein—Three fourths of my ancestors have Germanic roots (my maternal grandfather was born in England)—most arrived in the United States prior to 1800. I'm a historian interested in linguistics with more than 50 years of genealogical experience. Currently I'm doing a one-place study on Manheim Township in York County, Pennsylvania, where well-over 80 percent of the inhabitants in 1850 had German roots. The area was settled by Germans from the Palatine Migration in the first half of the 18th century.
  • Gale Watkins
  • Skip Magyar
  • MaryAnn Thomas I am interested in the Palatine migration because at least 2 of my ancestral lines came from that time, Fuss and Conser.
  • Nicole Conway
  • Susan Merk
  • Janet Binkley
  • Rebecca Peck
  • Wendy Taylor I am interested in Palatine migration to New Jersey around 1730, when my paternal ancestors, Engel and Wintersteen, arrived (I also have Germanic roots with the surname Zimmermann). My maternal ancestors were predominantly Danish, with a few Norwegian, Swedish and Germanic ancestors in the mix, surname Lange.
  • Steven Warren
  • Nelson Weller
  • Susan Pence
  • Michael Frye
  • Donald Howard
  • Keith Riggle I have many Palatine ancestors, most of whom emigrated to Pennsylvania, but a few also to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
  • Robert Cline Interested in Palatines who settled in Catawba, North Carolina.
  • T Duran Both of my grandmothers and my paternal grandfather have (Pennsylvania) German ancestry. Surnames include Hartzell, Schaeffer, and Jacoby. Most of my German research (so far) has led to the Palatine Migration. My paternal grandmother suggested that her ancestors were Alsatian German Huguenots.
  • Cathy Brightwell
  • DrO Olmstead
  • Rebecca Snider
  • Kilmer-626Nelson Kilmer My Kilmer line came from Altengronau area of Hessen in early 1700’s. Family History relates four Brothers came and settled near Germantown on Hudson River. My branch ended up in upstate- Cayuga County area. Kilmer had several variations including Killmer and Kulmer (with an umlaut). Don’t know if the history is spot on but all my research seems to indicate it’s pretty close.
  • Kelly Kersey
  • Greta Moody I have lots of ancestors from Germany. Some of them were part of the Palatine Migration.


  • Kocherthal Palatines This page covers the specific group of Palatine Immigrants that came to New York between 1708-1710 with Rev. Joshua Kocherthal.

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