Michael Schindler

Michael Schindler

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Michael D. Schindler
Born 1940s.
Ancestors ancestors
Brother of [private sister (unknown - unknown)], [private sister (1940s - unknown)], [private brother (1940s - 1970s)], [private brother (1940s - 1940s)], [private sister (1940s - unknown)] and [private brother (1950s - unknown)]
[children unknown]
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Profile last modified 3 Apr 2020 | Created 23 Jan 2013 | Last significant change: 3 Apr 2020
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Note: I am in the process of entering thousands of new profiles (non-family members) from the German Niedersachsen Archives NLA. These can be adopted, changed or improved without permission from me.

"The Story"----This family emigrated from Germany during a time when mining was in decline and there was little or no work for many thousands in the Kingdom of Hannover, Germany. Known as the Harz mountain area and coming from the town of Clausthal-Zellerfield, many residents were given the chance to go to either America or to Australia. Their passage was paid in advance and those accepting were to pay back their passage costs when they had earned enough after arriving. As repayment was almost non-existent the state cancelled this program, and as the original goals of reducing population to meet economic conditions was met.

My family left Germany in 1852 and 1854 to settle in Lykens, PA. [1] MAP of Lykens and surrounding county. As miners from Clausthal Germany (Hanover and Harz mountains area) economic times once some of the best in Germany were in decline as the mines had become only marginally productive.

Government officials in coordination with the British Monarchy decided as they could not support the increasingly growing number of residents who were no longer employed to offer to pay for passage to anyone who wished to emigrate to the USA and Australia (and other countries) who needed skilled workers in their mines.

It is believed that mining company representatives came to Germany to recruit miners and offered them jobs in advance. So with employment prospects secured in advance the family decided to emigrate. The family included my Great Great Grandfather Ernst Wilhelm Valentin Schindler and his mother Wilhelmine (Hölling) Schindler. Her husband Johann Carl Schindler died in 1846 before the family emigrated.

Also emigrating with her were sons Frederick, and Carl, daughters Sophia (Fromme), and Christiane (König). Sophia and Christiane had children with them. Whilhelmine is first found in the US (see 1860 US Census) as the wife of Peter Miller. It is unknown if she remarried before or after leaving Germany. Unfortunately even though records exist documenting emigration ships list can only be found for the König and Fromme families.

The rest of the story is yet to be written, but includes the lives of many descendents, and their families as they spread out over the United States. Recently my research has expanded to including much deeper into the extended families of the many spouses and also to include some names of distant relatives who emigrated to Australia (Jan 2020).
This profile is part of the Schindler Name Study.
Michael Schindler has German Roots.
Lower Saxony

First-hand information. Entered by Mike Schindler at registration. as part of the GED import.


  • Author: [2] Ancestry.com Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008. Ernst Schindler Family Tree This link includes all the archives and resources to include birth, death, census and multiple sources. (registration required to view all information)
  • German Niedersachsen Archives NLA Niedersachsen-Hanover German Niedersachsen Archives NLA Niedersachsen-Hanover Michael (Mike) David First-hand information.
  • First Hand Information Entered by Mike Schindler-204 at registration. This information includes information handed down from Great Aunts and Uncles to include the late 1800 Family Bible of my Great Grandfather and Grandmother with family history entered. Also pictures and documents preserved after those ancestors passed on.
  • Other references include German church records obtained by Professional German Researcher/Archivist.


This family tree GED imported from [www.Ancestry.com] Ancestry "Ernst Schindler Family", from Clausthal, Germany Feel free to contact me for more information or to be given permissions to join the trusted list and access to private information if you are related to this family. Here is a link to the area in Germany (Clausthal, Germany) where the Schindler family lived.

[3] Clausthal-Zellerfield Information and history Clausthal-Zellerfeld is a town in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is located in the southwestern part of the Harz mountains. Its population is approximately 15,000. The City is the location of the Clausthal University of Technology.click link to follow.

My Personal Special Project

Special inventory '"Emigrants"' German NLA Archives

[4] Special inventory "Emigrants" German NLA Archives

Lower Saxony

The goal of this project is to ...expand knowledge of one of the great German migrations to the USA. The emigration movement reached its first peak in the German-speaking area in the 19th century. The main reason for mass emigration is the economic development in the German states.

The reason I have created this category is because of a recent discovery of immigrants from the German state of Niedersachsen that appears to include many orphans or economically depressed families which the local municipalities could no longer support. the US or "Amerika" welcomed immigrants to populate vast areas of the "New World". Especially needed were human resources for our growing industries.

'As I create separate profiles for the emigrants and their families these names will show on a special user friendly page that is searchable. Wikitree members will know this page as a "personal category" page. This list will continually change as I enter names from the German archives. I expect there are approximately 30,000 names listed, and this will take me a year or more to complete. Today's date of adding this information is 3/23/2020. Currently this list includes approximately 3,000 names.'

Please follow this link: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:Schindler-204

My Schindler family was a part of this migration, especially to help in the mining of coal in Pennsylvania. The file I have found includes many thousands of individuals. A quick check on 30 to 50 individuals listed finds none of these currently having a wikitree profile. So, I shall endeavor a meager attempt to include as many of these names as I can on wikitree.

Feel free to jump in with both feet if you wish.

Right now this project just has one member, me. I am Michael Schindler.

Here are some of the tasks that I think need to be done. I'll be working on them, and could use your help.

  • transcribing and checking 1049 pages of German documents and creating profiles for every individual to share with others.
  • Promote the Story of European Migration to the United States. The causes, the attraction, and the act of starting a new life in an unknown NEW WORLD.
  • Check my work to insure I have accurately and completely entered all information on this file, to include insuring all formating of sources meets wikitree standards.

Arcinsys Niedersachsen and Bremen – the archival information system of the Niedersachsen Federal State Archives and the State Archive Bremen and other archives in Niedersachsen and Bremen. Developed in cooperation with the Federal State of Hessen. It is a common system for users and employees and it covers the full range of offers and functions of the archives.

Without registration File title, regesta of charters, find information on archival items. View digital copies. Research contact data and fonds of the archives. Transmit improvements.

For registered users Save archival items to personal memo list. Submit requests for access at archives. Order archival items for access. List ordered and accessed archival items.

NOTE: If you have German roots look around and you should be able to find an archive that has a treasure of information on either a Church records website or a separate National website. More resources in English are available every day.

Here is a link to another Wikitree page focusing on a similar topic in Australia that may interest anyone reading this page called Prussian Settlement in Australia: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Prussian_Settlement_in_Australia_-_German_Australians Thanks for your visit.

Will you join me? Please post a comment here on this page, in G2G using the project tag, or send me a private message. Thanks! Mike Schindler Schindler-204 https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:German_Orphan_Immigrants_to_USA

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my Schindler family are immigrants from Hanover, Germany
Hölling, Hoelling
or könig, or koenig and other spellings of this name
Story about life in a German mining town 1600 to 1800
genealogist since 2002, used library version of Ancestry until 2008. Started uploading to wikitree in 2018.
Schintler is the Australian name for Schindler as Schindler was transcribed incorrectly on the ship manifest.
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Thanks for adding the link to the page "Prussian Settlement in Australia ......". There a lot of similar history.
posted by Steve Thomas
When I was there looking around I said to myself, why didn't I think of that before.
posted by Michael Schindler
Cheap answer runs along the line of: So much to do, such little time.......

some of these comments are friendly chit-chat and will be soon deleted. I'm going to leave in place those make more serious points.

posted by Steve Thomas
Hello Michael, welcome to the Australia project. We are delighted you have joined us. Thanks especially for your interest in Prussian settlement here. Your contributions are greatly appreciated. Gilliam, co-Leader, Australia Project.
posted by Gillian Thomas
Here is a story that most genealogists might enjoy reading. It is about immigration from Europe, within Europe, and around the world.

Special inventory "Emigrants" German NLA NLA HA > SF Auswanderer > Auswanderer https://www.arcinsys.niedersachsen.de/arcinsys/start.action?opennutzunginfo=false Link to this page for the story below. Above is the link for the detailed immigrant file. https://www.arcinsys.niedersachsen.de/arcinsys/detailAction.action?detailid=b2601

History of creator Emigration or emigration means leaving the home country permanently. The emigrants leave their homeland either voluntarily or forcibly for economic, religious, political or personal reasons. Such migration movements have been repeated over the centuries with varying degrees of intensity. In addition to the neighboring European countries, immigration countries have increasingly become non-European areas (North and South America, Australia) since the end of the 17th and early 18th centuries. The emigration movement reached its first peak in the German-speaking area in the 19th century. Hamburg, Bremen and especially Bremerhaven become central overseas emigration ports. The main reason for mass emigration is the economic development in the German states. After 1880 there was yet another major wave of emigration, primarily to the United States of America, which however no longer reached the strength of the previous emigration movement. In the first half of the 20th century, the motives for leaving the German Reich were the First World War, inflation in the 1920s and the socio-political effects of National Socialism between 1933 and 1945 (especially the persecution of the Jewish population). The German Emigration Center in Bremerhaven, which has been open to anyone interested since August 2005 as a newly established museum on "emigration", vividly devotes itself to this topic in various facets and periods. Custodial history In the run-up to that from June 1, 2000 to October 31, 2000 Under the motto "People, Nature and Technology - A New World is Coming" in the world exhibition EXPO 2000 taking place in Hanover, the idea arose to search for information about emigrants in the archives of the main state archive in Hanover and to use a special inventory to "emigrate" the data obtained to capture. Archive holdings were evaluated in various project phases. The focus of this evaluation was on emigration overseas in the 19th century. 10 positions are evaluated to collect data on emigration (see the following example). The archive holdings of the main state archive in Hanover, which may contain corresponding data about emigrants, include those of the district courts (archive holdings group Hann. 72 and Hann. 172), the offices (archive holdings group Hann. 74), the rural droste (archive holdings group Hann. 80) and the Counties / district offices (archive inventory group Hann. 174). In addition, suitable information was searched for in archive holdings from the Bergarchiv in Clausthal-Zellerfeld. Due to limited financial and human resources, it was not possible to evaluate all the archive holdings in question. Use of the special inventory "Emigrants" For use, please note that only the data on emigration are included in the special inventory "Emigrants". The original title of the file in the associated archive inventory differs from this (see the example below).

Example for the signature Hann. 72 Osterode No. 222

Title in the archive stock "District Court Osterode": Guardianship book for the district of Osterode Contains: Förste, Nienstädt, Eisdorf

Title / dates in the special inventory "Emigrants" Name, first name, origin: Töpperwien, August, Förste Birthday / age: March 5, 1831, died November 26, 1859 Occupation / status: Parents: Töpperwien, Jacob, Ackermann Mitauswanderer: Faith: Destination (country / place): America Date of emigration / registration: before November 26, 1859 Financial situation: Other: Entry in the Easter or guardianship book [main no. 136] reads: "Since the pupil died on November 26, 1859 in America, this No. will be canceled in the future."

Status: 2006Finding aids EDP-Findbuch (2006) Further information (funds)

Archivist in charge Petra Diestelmann (2006) Access The archive material can be viewed in the Lower Saxony State Archives in Hanover, taking into account compliance with protection and blocking periods in accordance with Section 5 of the Lower Saxony Archive Act (NArchG). I CANNOT FIND A WAY TO UPLOAD THE FILE ON HERE.

posted by Michael Schindler
Hi Mike,

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posted by Natalie (Durbin) Trott
Thank you for joining our collaborative tree .

Some more tips here to begin : HOW TO USE WIKITREE or check out the WikiTree video that a member created . Maggie N

posted by Maggie N.

Welcome to WikiTree . If you have questions getting started, someone may be able to point you in the right direction at our G2G forums or you might want to check out the introductory WikiTree video that a member created. If you decide you would like to join , go read the Honor Code, post a comment here on your profile and we would be glad to add you to our wikitree community. Maggie N

posted by Maggie N.

Michael is 25 degrees from Greg Clarke, 20 degrees from George Hull and 18 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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