Thursday, February 20, 2014

Bavaria Emigration Database on the German Genealogy Group Website

There is a new resource on the German Genealogy Group's (GGG) website. If you think you have ancestors from Bavaria, you should check out this database. It can be accessed from here

The database was compiled from emigration notices printed in Bavarian newspapers. There notices were required to legally emigrate.The publication requirement was for the purpose of collecting debts from the emigrant prior to their departure from the Kingdom of Bavaria. This project was headed by Tom Risinger.

There are a few records as early as 1823, but the majority date from 1832 to 1873. If you find your ancestor in the database, GGG offers the option to obtain a translated copy of the entire newspaper article for a fee. If you request a copy, an estimate will be sent to you for payment prior to receiving the translation.

When entering surnames in the database, you need to be flexible in the spelling and ensure you search multiple ways.When results are found, you can print them out. The results include the family name, given name, town, area, date, note and pdf page.The notes may include information such as the occupation, birth date, marital status, relationships, etc. Some of the notes are very detailed and provide a wealth of information.

I searched for my Krug and Bayer surnames. I found 22 results when I searched for Krug exactly. For the surname Bayer, I found 66 results. However in my research, I have found many spelling variations for Bayer, so I used the "sounds like" search and then found 465 results.

If your ancestor hails from the Kingdom of Bavaria, this database can provide you with a wealth of information.If you find your ancestor, let GGG know of your success by sending them an email.

Check it out!

Debra A. Hoffman, "Bavaria Emigration Database on the German Genealogy Group Website," Ancestral Leaves, posted 20 February 2014 ( : viewed [date]). [Please feel free to link to the specific post if you prefer.]

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