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Emslanders
to the
American Mid-West

This webpage is devoted to the identification of 19th century German emigrants who came to America from that part of Hannover known today as Emsland, Niedersachsen, and settled in the mid-western United States.

www.emslanders.com


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By surname - over 3,500 entries:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Surname Index

more about emigrants and emigration

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Emsland, as used on this webpage, refers to the present-day district of Germany which bears that name. Emsland is a Landkreis (subdistrict) of the Regierungsbezirk (larger district) of Weser-Ems located in the Land (state) of Niedersachsen. The village of Lohne, which was formerly in the parish of Schepsdorf, is today part of Wietmarschen in the district of Bentheim. Nevertheless, it is included here because it was traditionally a part of the area now known as Emsland. There were other villages which were always outside of Emsland but belonged to parishes in Emsland - Drievorden and Engden in Bentheim which belonged to Emsbueren parish and Adorf and Neuringe in Bentheim and Nieuw Schoonebeek in Holland which belonged to Twist parish. Emigrants from those non-Emsland villages will sometimes be included here. Also treated as Emslanders are emigrants from Slagharen, Holland whose parents had been born in Emsland but were working in Slagharen before they emigrated to America.

more about Emsland, including maps and a list of Catholic parishes

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The emigrant entries on this website are for Emslanders who settled anywhere in the American Mid-West. States included are (east to west) Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas. Southern Illinois and  eastern Missouri are somewhat over-represented due to easy access to records for those areas.

No real effort is being made, at least not at this time, to include on this website Emslanders who settled in the general vicinity of Chicago. Reasons for this regrettable omission include both the size of the task and the difficulties involved in doing research from a distance on inhabitants of a major city.

more about locations in the Mid-West with a large number of Emslanders

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Various local and German resources are being used to find or verify the origins of emigrants from Emsland and to establish that they, or close relatives, had at some time lived in Missouri or Illinois.

more about sources used for research

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This website is the by-product of a  personal research project which has as its focus the understanding of settlement patterns among Emslanders who came to Missouri and Illinois. The goal is to determine what sort of relationship existed among the persons or families who settled near each other when they first arrived here and also among those who subsequently moved on together to some new location. A preliminary step toward this goal is the identification of the village of origin of as many emigrants from Emsland as possible who settled in, or spent some time in, Missouri or Illinois. Because the information being gathered on these emigrants would certainly be of interest to some of their descendents it is being made available on this website. New material will be added periodically.

Comments concerning this website can be sent to Barbara Salibi, the person responsible for creating and maintaining the site. This is not, however, a single-person project. Much valuable information has been contributed by others.

Last update was May, 2010. - what's new

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