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Old 07-09-2013, 09:13 AM
 
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Looking to see if anybody knows where most 18th/19th/20th century German immigrants came from(which German state). If you have a link to any numbers or studies that would be great!

I've generally heard/found that it was somewhat spread out, with a slightly larger number coming from SW(Baden-Wurttemberg). Just trying to see if anybody knows, TIA.
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:31 AM
 
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I did hear and watched ancestry films that there was some strong immigration from the Palatinate region. But I also saw this link on other places in Germany where some immigrants also came from as well. Hope this helps...

German Immigration to the U.S. in the 1800s
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:29 AM
 
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Genealogist Henry "Hank" Jones has done extensive research on the people from the Palatinate region and where they emigrated to.

Henry Z ("Hank") Jones Jr., FASG - Genealogical Author and Lecturer

I don't think I have Palatine ancestors, but I only know about him from his books on synchronicity.
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:55 AM
 
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There is a genealogy page on the Statue of Liberty site which tells where various immigrants sailed from. It's been a while since I have accessed that, but if I recall there could be copies of passports with some helpful info.

Also, have you tried ancestry.com or other internet sites?? Pictures of passports might be there as well.

Good luck!
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Old 07-09-2013, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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I don't know if it would help, but there is a book listed on eBay titled "German Texans".
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:14 PM
 
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You should know that during this time a very very large number of ethnic Germans from Russia came to the US. Often refered to as Volga Germans or Black Sea Germans and technically from Russia these volk maintained the German language and culture while they lived in Russia. Since they maintained almost closed communities in Russia and thier village name almost always a German one this can cause people lots of confusion doing genealogical research.
Volga Germans - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Black Sea Germans - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Germans from Russia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 07-09-2013, 07:15 PM
 
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My spouse and I have relatives from Germany to America (to Wisconsin and IL respectively). Both from Schwerin Mecklenburg and Vorpommern. Seems to have been a common place for many to have come from.
Early Americans from Germany came from the Palatines I believe. I have that ancestry too.
This is a good link regarding research in the Pommern region: http://www.emecklenburg.de

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Old 07-10-2013, 01:33 AM
 
Location: Canada
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A lot of German speaking immigrants came to North America from Galicia (Galizien in German) in the late 19th century/early 20th century. Their ancestors had migrated as colonists to Galicia, mainly from southwestern German states, in the late 18th century. They kept their language and their culture throughout the 19th century. Galicia at the time was part of the Austro Hungarian Empire. Today most of what comprised Galicia is now in the Ukraine.

Also during the late 19th century a lot of German speaking immigrants came to North America from Volhynia which was part of Russia at the time. Some of those immigrants may have migrated directly from Germany but the ones I was tracking migrated from Russian Poland around 1860 when the heavy migration from Poland to Volhynia began. Today, part of what was Volhynia is in Poland and part is in the Ukraine.

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Old 07-10-2013, 04:50 AM
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Germany now, Germany then. No, wait! There was no Germany, only independent states that finally formed what we now call Germany.

For instance, eastern Germany and western Poland were part of Prussia.
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:57 AM
 
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Here's a Wikipedia article about German immigration to America:

German American - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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