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Palatine German Immigration & Genealogy
What's a Palatine Ancestor?
The Palatinate or German Pfalz was subject to invasion by the armies of Britain, France, and Germany. As well as the devastating effects of war, the Palatines were subjected to the winter of 1708 and 1709, the harshest in 100 years.
History of the Palatines
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The scene was set for a mass migration. At the invitation of Queen Anne in the spring of 1709, about 7 000 harassed Palatines sailed down the Rhine to Rotterdam. From there, about 3000 were dispatched to America, either directly or via England, under the auspices of William Penn. The remaining 4 000 were sent via England to Ireland to strengthen the protestant interest.
In 1710, three large groups of Palatines sailed from London. The first went to Ireland, the second to Carolina and the third to New York with the new Governor, Robert Hunter. There were 3 000 Palatines on 10 ships that sailed for New York and approximately 470 died on the voyage or shortly after their arrival.
Over the next 100 years, impoverished Palatines fled from Germany to America - many arriving in Pennsylvania. Olive Tree Genealogy has a Pennsylvania German Pioneers Project which includes the list of ships carrying Palatines from Germany to Philadelphia from 1727 to 1808 as well as names of passengers, Oaths of Allegiance and Ships Passenger Lists.
You can also search the Palatine Family Names, Palatine Genealogy Resources or Palatine Genealogy Books.
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Palatine German Immigration on Other Sites
What's Available in Pennsylvania Palatine Immigration Records includes the following
- Pennsylvania Founding Families, 1681-1911
- Pennsylvania Foreign Oaths of Allegiance - Names of immigrants who took the oath of allegiance to the province and state of Pennsylvania from 1727-1775. All males over sixteen years of age were obliged to take this oath and declaration, as soon after their arrival as possible.
- Pennsylvania Foreign Oaths of Allegiance, Vol. 2 - Names of immigrants who took the oath of allegiance to the province and state of Pennsylvania from 1777-1789. All males over sixteen years of age were obliged to take this oath and declaration, as soon after their arrival as possible.
- Pennsylvania Naturalizations, 1740-73- This database is a listing of persons naturalized in the colony between 1740 and 1773. Gives the individual's name, location of naturalization, and date.
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Indentures, 1771-73 -Pennsylvania Indenture records between 1771 and 1773. It contains information regarding individuals bound over as apprentices, servants, etc. Information provided includes, name, date of indenture, port of immigration, occupation, term of indenture and other helpful notes.
- Swiss Emigrants in the 18th Century - Ship Passenger lists of emigrants to the American colonies from Switzerland, in particular to the Carolinas and Pennsylvania. Each list contains the names of family members who departed, their birth date, baptism date, the town or province of departure, the date of departure, the name of the ship, and their destination.
- Pennsylvania German Pioneers - Pennsylvania German Pioneers contains the original lists of Palatine German pioneers who arrived at the port of Philadelphia from the years 1727 to 1808.
- Philadelphia German Immigration, 1700-75 History of German immigration to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1700 to 1775.