Mike Schindler
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Mike Schindler

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Mike D. Schindler
Born 1940s.
Ancestors ancestors
Brother of [private sister (1940s - unknown)], , [private brother (1940s - 1940s)], [private sister (1940s - unknown)], [private brother (1950s - unknown)] and [private sister (1950s - unknown)]
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Profile last modified | Created 23 Jan 2013
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This profile is part of the Schindler Name Study.
Mike has Kingdom of Hannover roots.
Mike Schindler is a Pennsylvanian.

Died too Young
Clausthal COA


My Personal Special Projects

Special inventory of German emigrants
Clausthal, Niedersachsen One Place Study
Niedersachsen Emigrant Inventory
PA History collections online


Michael Schindler
is the son of Harry V. Schindler, who is the son of John J. Schindler, who is the son of Francis M Schindler, who is the son of Ernst Schindler who immigrated to the United States from Clausthal, Goslar, Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany.

This "Schindler Family" emigrated from Germany during a time when mining was in decline in the Clausthal area of Germany, and there was little or no work for many thousands in the "Kingdom of Hannover", then an Independant nation (1814-1866). Also known as the Harz mountain area, many residents were given the chance to go to either America or to Australia with passage paid or as loans. Their passage was paid in advance and those accepting were to pay back their passage costs when they had earned enough after arriving. As re-payment 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. MAP of Lykens and surrounding counties. 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.

Lykens and Wiconisco

Government officials, in coordination with the British Monarchy, decided that 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 U.S. (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 descendants, and their families as they spread out over the United States. Recently, my research has expanded to include much deeper into the extended families of the many spouses and also to include some names of distant relatives who emigrated to Australia (April 2024).

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  • Author: [1] 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
  • 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. 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.

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Hi Michael,

you might want to know that Archion started putting the Clausthal church books online: https://www.archion.de/de/archion-entdecken/alle-news/neue-digitalisate#ff53948701b21fee987aeb98081794f6

Kind regards from Black Forest

posted by Florian Straub
That is gret news indeed. Dang it, I might have to subscribe again and learn how to use it..

I was actually thinking about you yesterday while working on this profile Johann Heinrich Gottfried Sinram (1813-abt.1852).

Someone had put his birth down as Belem a town in Portugal (quickly see in changes. I was quite perplexed as to where that came form and finally found a marriage document that was on family search where a marriage document listed that as his town of birth. The only thing I can figure is someone transpose that from the Archion Record. As I amy not skilled enough and do not have a membership there I could not pull up that document to see what the name of his German town actually is, so just gave him a location of Konigreich Hannover for now.

As you will notice there are many family members to be added to this profile yet. I normally do not expand on most of my 3,000+ beyond the basic profiles as my goal was just to get as many of the Niedersachsen records of 1 or 2 family members online and hope family members will find it to take over. I've had limited success there. I am now using my time on the anniversary list each mont to attempt to add 1 additional soruce link to every profile, and also I found I am able to post the auswanderer link into Ancestry profiles online even though it is not my family as I bought the total Ancestry package.

Anyway, thanks again for reaching out. and feel free to send me a private message at anytime. It will go to: [email address removed] and we could converse directly. I'd get involved more in the German Project, but I have quite enough yet to do on all my profiles.

posted by Mike Schindler
Hi Mike,

I have not mentioned how much I have appreciated your work with the emigrants from Hanover. It is a goldmine of information to me to compare the German surnames on emigration lists with the English mutilations that appear in Australian records. One of many examples is the Schindler/Schintler variation.

If you are an Australian with a surname Schintler, then you have very little chance of finding family records in Germany. I enjoy knocking down these types of brick-walls.

Cheers, Steve.

posted by Steve Thomas
edited by Steve Thomas
Schindler-213 and Schindler-204 do not represent the same person because: Schindler 213 is only for entering private information.
posted by Mike Schindler
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 Mike Schindler
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