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.

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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Are you interested in the Palatine Migration Project?

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  • Add 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 Canada, 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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  • Jefferson Akins
  • John Aldrich
  • Thomas Arner
  • Stan Baldwin Daubenspeck family came from Freinsheim in 1736 on the ship Harle.
  • John Balow
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Janet Binkley
  • Jonathan Binkley
  • Harry Bittenbender Try to connect to ancestors and descendants in Germany probably near Sankt Martin in todays Rhineland-Pfalz.
  • Daniel Bly
  • Don Bowman
  • William Boyer
  • 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.
  • Judy Brett
  • Cathy Brightwell
  • Doug Church
  • Robert Cline Interested in Palatines who settled in Catawba, North Carolina.
  • Katherine Cline-Bowman
  • Turner Collins
  • Nicole Conway
  • Margaret Cook
  • Jerry Corkins
  • Marlene Crosby
  • 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.
  • Debra Dirks
  • 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.
  • Kimberly Ellis
  • Jodi Emond
  • 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.
  • Matthew Evans My ancestors were among the early settlers of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, a settlement made up largely of Palatine Immigrants. Surnames include HECKMAN, SCHMIDT, ZWICKER and HARNISH
  • Margaret Fahler
  • George Farris II
  • Daniel Federico
  • Robin Fehser
  • Bill Feidt
  • X Fetterly
  • Bruce Fosnocht
  • Denise Freeman
  • 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.
  • Michael Frye My Snyder, Portner, and Greiner ancestors came from Meckesheim and my Frey ancestors from Treschklingen
  • Gus Gassmann
  • 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.
  • Doug German Jacob, Maria and Hans German were Palatine immigrants to West Camp, New York in 1710. Jones says they came from Merishausen, Switzerland. My oldest proven ancestor is an Isaac F German who was born in Dutchess County, NY c. 1782. I hope to someday prove or disprove a connection.
  • Gregg German
  • Laurie Giffin - I have Palatine ancestors on two branches. My father's Palatine ancestors migrated to Halifax from 1750-1752, and then settled in Lunenburg Nova Scotia. Names included Eisenhauer, Schnare, Remby, Leslie, and Mauser. My mother's Palatine ancestors migrated to Pennsylvania (Weiser) and New York (Frolich, Sontag), and their descendants later came to Nova Scotia as Loyalists 1783.
  • Amy Golder-Cooper
  • Heather Graham
  • David Gray
  • Mel Green
  • Helen Greer
  • 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.
  • Robin Hagen
  • Patricia Hall
  • Lori Harlan My Palatine migrant families include Raub, Meyer, Steinmetz and others I have not fully verified yet. They all settled in Bucks and Northampton Counties in PA. Peter Raub, my 6th Great Grandfather, took the Oath of Allegiance on the ship Loyal Judith 30 Sep 1732, sailing from Rotterdam.
  • Jeff Harley
  • Cheryl Hess
  • Tania Hoffman
  • Jodi Hoisington
  • 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.
  • Emily Holmberg
  • David Holwick
  • Donald Howard
  • Lesli Huffman
  • Thena Jones
  • Linda Jordan
  • Deborah (Duncan) Kaiser
  • Kelly Kersey
  • Nelson 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.
  • Kathy King
  • Elaine Kingery
  • Alex Koch At least Roth and Pfingstag ancestors that were part of the Palatine Migration. A number of German ancestors whose immigration dates are unknown, and some who came in the mid-1800s. Ancestors from at least Baden-Württemberg, Prussia, and Rhineland Pfalz.
  • Nancy Noll Kolinski Palatine immigrants to Berks County, PA and surrounding area
  • Tom P Kouts My German ancestors are Kautz, Kring, Zell, Miller and a few more.
  • Richard Lackey
  • Kaye Lally
  • Gregory Lampman
  • Ed Lay
  • Lorraine Lee
  • David Leighr
  • John Lemley
  • Carol Lillevang
  • John Lemley George Glazier (1779 Tipperary - 1856 Peel Co., Ontario, Canada) and Catherine Steep (1788 Ireland - 1860 Peel Co., Ontario, Canada) were my 3-greats grandparents. Both of their families were Palatine.
  • Beth Losiewicz
  • 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.
  • Martha Mason
  • Phyllis McCollum
  • Eric McDaniel
  • James McGehee
  • Jim McGuire Jr.
  • David Miller
  • Greta Moody I have lots of ancestors from Germany. Some of them were part of the Palatine Migration.
  • Kathy Buckner Morris
  • Rebecca Morris My father and daughter's father have several Palatine lines.
  • John Mueller
  • Joe Murray Descendant of Palatine migrants, surname Maul and Menges, who eventually settled in the Town of Montgomery, Orange County, NY
  • Jeffrey Nase
  • Paul Noe
  • 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.
  • Elizabeth Nyreen
  • DrO Olmstead
  • 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.
  • Susan Pence
  • 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
  • James Poirier
  • Duane Poncy
  • 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.
  • G. Reiter
  • Barbara Richards
  • 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.
  • Deb Robinson
  • Keith Rockefeller
  • Lois Roots
  • Rebecca Rose
  • Paul Roth
  • 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 the Young (Jung) family of the Mohawk valley. I've also discovered ancestors among the Irish Palatines, particularly among the Young/Jung family
  • Michael Schell. My father's line is a "target-rich environment" for Palatines.
  • Joe Schuerger
  • Richard Sears
  • Tim Shafer
  • Phil Shoffner
  • Merle Showers
  • Jo Simpson I was born & raised in central PA & prefer being called "Jo". Northumberland County, began in 1772, was very large when it first formed, including parts of present-day Union, Snyder, Mifflin, Montour, Columbia, Luzerne, Lycoming, & Potter Counties. My maiden name is Snyder/Schneider and ancestors were in North’d. Co. since the 1720s. Other surnames, alphabetically, include Albright, Bird, Bortner/Bordner, Campbell, Fisher/Fischer, Furst/Ferster, Herrold, Reid/Reed, Roush/Rausch, Sechrist/Segrist, Shiffman/Shipman, Steffen, and many others.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jerry Smith My dad's family goes pack to early Huguonot and Palatine settlers in western Pennsylvania Bedford areas.
  • Rebecca Snider
  • Hal Stout
  • Gary Strouse
  • 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.
  • MaryAnn Thomas I am interested in the Palatine migration because at least 2 of my ancestral lines came from that time, Fuss and Conser.
  • William W Tooke
  • Charles Vigneron
  • Steven Warren
  • Gale Watkins
  • Peggy Watkins I am a descendant of Johan Jost Schnell (1694 - 1764) who settled in Stone Arabia, Montgomery, New York. Later my branch of the Snell family lived in Southern Ontario.
  • Nelson Weller
  • Mike Wells
  • Kim Willits
  • Craig Wilson
  • 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.
  • Robert Wissinger My ancestor arrived in Philadelphia in 1740. He settled in Frederick, Maryland in an area called the Middle Monocacy Hundred. One of his son's settled in the Cambria County, Pa area and is the primary progenitor of most Wissinger's in the USA. Ancestors in Germany were exulanten from Austria arriving in Winden bei Leutershausen, Ansbach, Bayern, Germany before 1660.
  • Kie Zelms
  • Craig Wilson Mothorn-Mottern-Mattern-Matter at least 4 emigrated from Alsace Lorraine in mid 1700s via Rotterdam.


  • 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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