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August 18, 2019

Find Your Palatine Ancestors

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.

Spotlight On Palatine Genealogy
Palatine Denizations (Naturalizations) 1708
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.

Palatine Immigrants to New York
Search for Palatine ancestors in Palatine Ships Lists to New York or Palatine Child Apprentices 1710-1714

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.

Pennsylvania Palatine Ancestors
Start with Palatine Ships to Pennsylvania 1727 to 1808
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.


Howland Davis said...

My mother-in-law's ancestor came to New York and Dutchess County in 1710. My ancestor sold land to the in-law's ancestor for a church and cemetery which still stands today.
In her family genealogy she wrote that, living in the Palatinate, they were happy and contented. We could not get to understand that happy and contented people did not leave and sail across an ocean in small ships.

Diane Gould Hall said...

Great information. I have a few ancestors who were apparently Paletine's. This is the first I’ve learned that they were included in that group.

Anonymous said...

Baron de Graffenreid also brought about 650 Palentines to New Bern, North Carolina from England around 1710.

To Serve Man... said...

We're the Krefeld 13 familiesof 1683 ti Philadelphia PA considered as part the Palatine migration.

I know they were Quakers & Mennonite but I believe most were successful craftsmen and women.

Curious to learn, thanks