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Hessen / Hesse

(Großherzogtum / Grandduchy) [Presently in Hessen]

Basic facts about Hesse (Hessen-Darmstadt): (from Uncapher, Wendy K. and Linda M. Herrick. German Maps & Facts for Genealogy. Janesville, Wisconsin: Origins Books, 2002)

  • Was Hessen-Darmstadt until 1866

  • Size: 2,964 square miles (compared to Delaware at 1,933 square miles)

  • Population: 1819 - 643,821; 1828 - 718,274; 1837 - 783,671; 1846 - 852,679; 1855 - 836,424; 1871 - 852,894; 1875 - 884,218 (437,072 males and 447,146 females)

  • Dominant Religion: Protestant (1871 - Evangelical - 584,391; Catholic - 239,088; Other - 3,273; Jewish - 25,373; and Non-Christian - 169

  • Since 1949 part of: Hessen

  • Formerly: Grand Duchy

  • Prussian: No

  • Principal crops: grapes, fruit, vegetables, rye, wheat, barley, oats, hemp, flax

  • Livestock: cattle

  • Industry: mining, leather

  • Minerals: copper, coal, iron, mineral springs

  • Rivers: Rhine, Main, Lahn, Nidda, Fulda, Werra, Eder, Kinzig

Resources

Hessen (Hesse) - Genealogy.net

Hessen GenWeb

  • Auerbach, Inge. Hessische Auswanderer (HesAus) : Index nach Familiennamen. Marburg :Archivschule Marburg, 1987-<1988 > v. <1-2 > (Veröffentlichungen der Archivschule Marburg, Institut für Archivwissenschaft ; Nr. 12) Separate lists of Hessian emigrants from Hanau and Hesse-Kassel; includes place of origin.

  • Auswanderung aus dem Rheingau.
     
  • Burgert, Annette Kunselman. Eighteenth century emigrants from Langenselbold in Hesse to America. Myerstown, Pa. : AKB Publications, 1997. Extensive genealogical information on 18th century emigrants from Langenselbold, many of whom settled in Berks County, Pennsylvania.
     
  • Burgert, Annette Kunselman. Eighteenth-century emigrants from Pfungstadt, Hessen-Darmstadt to Pennsylvania. Myerstown, PA : AKB publications, c1995. List of 18th century emigrants from Pfungstadt who settled in Pennsylvania; contains extensive genealogical information.
     
  • Byler, John M. Amish immigrants of Waldeck and Hesse : a record of 263 immigrants, with a record of their descendants to those who were married by about 1865, plus historical records of Germany, shiplists, etc. Bellville, OH : J.M. Byler, 1993. Genealogical information about 263 emigrants from Waldeck and Hesse.
     
  • Emmigration Index 1800-1900, incomplete (FHL 1124278, 1124279, 1124280, 1124319, 1124320)
     
  • Gerber, Adolf. [Nassau-Dillenburger Auswanderung nach Amerika im 18. Jahrhundert.] The emigration from Nassau-Dillenburg to America in the eighteenth century : the conduct of the governments towards it and the ensuing fates of the emigrants. English translation by Lissy L. Weirich. [U.S.A.] : L. Weirich, c1984. Translation of: Die Nassau-Dillenburger Auswanderung nach Amerika im 18. Jahrhundert. Contains an index of emigrants from Nassau-Dillenburg to America in the eighteenth century.
     
  • Gieg, Ella Auswanderungen aus dem Odenwalkdreis, five volumes (FHL 943.41 W2gi)
     
  • Gross-Umstadt [Groß-Umstadt] Emigrants
     
  • Herber, Marie. Woher sie kamen–, –wohin sie gingen : Auswanderungen aus dem ehemaligen Kreis Grünberg in der 2. Häfte des 19. Jahrhunderts. Grünberg-Queckborn : R.u.M. Herber, c1992. 182 p. "Schiffsgelegenheiten von Bremen nach Nord-Amerika : nach New-York und Baltimore." Listings of emigrants from Kreis Grünberg during the second half of the nineteenth century; arrangement is by town of origin and by destination.

  • Hessen Maps. (Hessian National Historical Geography)

  • The Hessian National Historical Geography (HLGL) is a department of the state of Hesse in the Division of the Ministry of Science and Art.

  • Hessisches Archiv-Dokumentations- und Informations-System Online inventory system for the Hessen State archives. Enter the surname in the box labeled "Schnellsuche". Emigrants specifically are found under the heading "Auswanderer-Nachweise", but can be found under other topics as well. Click on the topic for a detailed list of entries.
     
  • Hessische Familiengeschichtliche Vereinigung Staatsarchiv. Karolinenplatz 3, 69289 Darmstadt, Germany.
     
  • Hessisches Staatsarchiv Darmstadt Auswanderer-Nachweise
    Emigration database from the Hessen State Archives in Darmstadt (type a name or surname into the box under "Schnellsuche" then click the magnifying glass icon)
     
  • Kunz, Manfred. Flucht aus der Not in die Neue Welt : Bad Camberger Auswanderung im 19. Jahrhundert. Bad Camberg : Magistrat der Stadt Bad Camberg, Stadtarchiv, 1991. vi, 142 p. : ill. ; 21 cm. (Bad Camberger Archivschriften, ISSN 0937-9282 ; Nr. 5)  A list of nineteenth century emigrants from Bad Camberg is on pages 134 to 140.
     
  • Praetorius, Otfried. Kirchenbücher und Standesregister für alle Wohnplätze im Land Hessen. Darmstadt: Historische Kommission für das Land Hessen, 1939. (Family History Library Ref943.41 K23p; microfiche 6053529).
     
  • Schmahl, Helmut, Die Auswanderung aus Rheinhessen im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert (FHL 943.41 W2sh)
     
  • Smith, Clifford Neal. Emigrants from the Principality of Hessen-Hanau, Germany, 1741-1767. McNeal, Ariz. : Westland Publications, 1979. 22 p. ; 29 cm. (German-American genealogical research monograph ; no. 6 ISSN 0094-7806)  An alphabetical list of emigrants appears on pages 13 to 21.
     
  • Smith, Clifford Neal. Mercenaries from Hessen-Hanau who remained in Canada and the United States after the American Revolution. DeKalb, Ill. : Westland Publications, c1976. iv, 105 p. (German-American genealogical research monograph, ISSN 0094-7806 ; no. 5) Lists of mercenaries who remained in America, with a name index.
     
  • Struck, Wolf Heino. Die Auswanderung aus dem Herzogtum Nassau <1806-1866>. Ein Kapitel der modernen politischen und sozialen Entwicklung. Wiesbaden, F. Steiner, 1966. 203 p. map. 25 cm. (Geschichtliche Landeskunde, Bd. 4)  A list of emigrants from Hesse-Nassau, 1806-1866, appears on pages 137-201
     
  • Über Hamburg nach Amerika : hessische Auswandernde in den Hamburger Schiffslisten 1855 bis 1866 : eine Studie des Instituts für Europäische Ethnologie und Kulturforschung der Universität Marburg / herausgegeben von Peter Assion ; in Verbindung mit Bettina Bagunk ... [et al.]. Marburg : Institut für Europäische Ethnologie und Kulturforschung der Universität Marburg [in Kommission bei Jonas], 1991. An alphabetical list of Hessian emigrants during the period 1855 to 1866 appears on pages 177 to 346. The names were found in the Hamburg ship lists for that time period.
     
  • Viernheimer Auswandererbuch / hrsg. von Hans Knapp ; [Zeichn., Karl Fischer]. Viernheim, Seegartenstr. 13 : H. Knapp [Selbstverl.], 1975. Lists of emigrants from Viernheim, many of whom came to America; no cumulative index.