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Palatine Migration Project

The goal of this project is to support research and collaboration on profiles of Palatine migrants who settled in America, Ireland and elsewhere in the 18th century, prior to the American Revolution.

This is a sub-project of the German Roots Project.

Tasks and Project Goals

Here are some of the tasks that I think need to be done. I'll be working on them, and 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.
  • Maintain a list of research resources for the project.
  • Apply project template to 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

How To Join

Project Coordinator: Dave Rutherford -

To join me in this project, post a message and let me know what you'd like to work on. You should also:

  • Ask Jacqueline Clark for the German Roots Project badge.
  • Add german_roots and palatine_migration to your followed tags on G2G.
  • Add your name to Participants list. Feel free to explain your areas of interest.


  • Dave Rutherford - Project Coordinator; 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. Currently I'm working on setting up categories for this project.
  • Jenny Snyder
  • Harold Lansing
  • Roy Gehris
  • 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


WikiTree Links

Will you join me? Please post a comment here on this page, in G2G using the project tag (palatine_migration), or send me a private message. Thanks!

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Immigrant Profile
Immigrant Profile


On 27 Nov 2017 at 21:00 GMT Nancy (Noll) Kolinski wrote:

I would like to join. Almost my entire family is Pennsylvania Dutch / Palatinate, all residing in Berks and Lancaster Co. PA.

On 27 Oct 2017 at 04:41 GMT Tracy (Penrod) Salyers wrote:

Would like to learn more of this project. my lineage is paternal

Johannes (Poenradt) Penrod 1st. (abt. 1680 - abt. 1725)

On 6 Sep 2017 at 07:51 GMT Anonymous Martin wrote:

I am very interested in the Palatine Project on behalf of my Grandmother Rimer. She only had family stories and knew little of her history. My DNA test confirmed German and Eastern European ancestors. This is what I have for the original immigrant. . . Johann Nicolaus Rimer, Arrival Year 1732, BIRTH 1711, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, DEATH Rowan County, North Carolina, 6th great-grandfather. They traveled to the Carolinas and eventually ended up in Hawkins, Tennessee. There are also Delph and Reichbacher family names. Thank you!

On 24 Jun 2017 at 19:26 GMT Duane Poncy wrote:

Hi, Dave. I am interested in joining the Palatine Migration Project. My Palatine ancestors include Kuhl, Wolfe, and Heydrich, among others.

On 23 Jun 2017 at 21:53 GMT Dave Rutherford wrote:

Hi Carrie,

Thanks for your message.

Adding the template to a profile should be enough. That automatically also adds the profile to the Palatine Migrants category.

We now have 965 names added to the project.


On 23 Jun 2017 at 07:21 GMT Carrie Quackenbush wrote:

Howdy! Re: Boshaar-3, is there a way to notify you guys of family that might be included in your project or is adding the template enough?

On 16 May 2017 at 20:08 GMT Paul Roth wrote:

I have a German Roots badge and will add the two search criteria, but how do I add my name to the Participants List? Thanks, Paul ROTH.

On 15 May 2017 at 20:58 GMT Paul Roth wrote:

Hi Dave, Paul Alan ROTH here. Here is my paternal ancestor:

CASPER ROTH b. abt. 2 Apr 1745 Thalfroeschen, or Thaleischweiler-Froeschen, Germany (near...SE of Luxembourg) - d 27 Dec 1800 Berks Co. PA. m. ELIZABETH FEGER b. 1755 - d. 7 Aug 1826 Berks Co. PA. Immigration: 9 SEP 1765 Philadelphia Pa. Ship "Chance", Charles Smith, master from Rotterdam.

He settled in Berks County, PA. (Reading).

On 14 May 2017 at 22:51 GMT Cynthia Denise Griffin wrote:

Hi Dave! I have ancestors that immigrated from Baden-Wuttemburg and the Alsace region to PA and in the 1700s migrated from there via the Great Wagon Road to Rowan County, NC. I have the german_roots tag and would be interested in the Palatine Migration Project. I own several books written about early Rowan County and the settlers there. As well as publications about St Matthews Lutheran Church in particular with early business of the church and listings of the members, which I descend from several lines.

I have only been using WikiTree for a few months now, but there is so much information I have to enter and that I want to share. Just don't know where or how to begin these tasks.

On 14 Feb 2017 at 12:22 GMT Harold Lansing wrote:

Just added New Resource:

Baptisms at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, West Camp, NY 1708-1776

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