Project: Palatine Migration

Categories: German Roots | Palatine Migration Project | Palatine Migration | Pre-1700 Projects

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."


How To Join

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, answer our G2G welcome post to join the Palatine Migration project and get a badge or ask Dave or Ellen for the Palatine Migration Project badge.

  • 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:

... ... ... was a Palatine Migrant.
Join: Palatine Migration Project
Discuss: 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.

Space Pages

WikiTree Links

Arriving Ships

Palatine Settlements


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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