24 October 2012

Advertising your emigration intentions

Pauleen over at Family history across the seas put me on to something the other day - apparently, when Germans wanted to emigrate they had to put an advertisement in a local paper, stating their intentions to emigrate. It prevented people who owed money from skipping the country - if Rudolf down the road owed you some money and you saw an ad in the local paper you knew you needed to get down to his place quick smart to get the money off him! Pauleen had some success finding some of the advertisements her ancestors had placed prior to emigration so I thought I'd give it a go as well.

I searched and searched and searched for a number of days and had not one bit of luck. So I shot off an email to Norbert at Rheingau Genealogie to see if he knew the names of some local historical papers that they might have put an ad in. Helpful as ever, Norbert not only knew the name of the paper "Nassauischen Intelligenzbl├Ąttern", but also knew about a book where all of the advertisements had been collated - a book published in 1966 by Wolf-Heino Struck called "Die Auswanderung aus dem Herzogtum Nassau (1806-1866)".

I haven't been able to locate "Nassauischen Intelligenzbl├Ąttern" on the internet which explains why I haven't found an advertisement for my Beringers emigrating to Australia. Add to that the fact that they emigrated in 1884, so they won't be in the book either. So that's one newspaper I have to track down, and one book I won't need to! Thanks Norbert!

6 comments:

  1. Good work Prue. It shows the value of consulting others and also digging deeper. Sorry you had to spend so much time trying to find them though. Guess like me your reading of Gothic print has improved though ;-)

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  2. No trouble Pauleen! Leave no stone unturned! I find German script a whole lot harder than Gothic. : )

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  3. Thanks Prue for this information! I got here via a tweet from Rosemary Kopittke, and my German ancestors, Philip Weinheimer and Christian Weibler, both emigrated to Australia in the 1850s so should be in the book. I have discovered that Qld State Library has a copy http://onesearch.slq.qld.gov.au/primo_library/libweb/action/dlDisplay.do?vid=SLQ&docId=slq_voyager695079 so have ordered it so that I can borrow it from my local library. I am thrilled!

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  4. Chris, I'm glad it has been helpful for you. Just a word of warning though - these are only ads for Nassau as far as I understand, so I hope that's where the Weinheimers and Weiblers were from!

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  5. I do have the immigration records, but I am always keen to check other sources. They came from Rheinland-Nassau so perhaps they might be 'featured' :-)

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  6. Oh good - glad I haven't led you up the garden path!

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