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Lecture Tour to the Midwest region of the United States from October 18 to October 29, 2018

News About the Upcoming Lecture Tour

What can you expect to hear in my lectures?

I will talk about the daily life in the Grand Duchy of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, the climatic peculiarities, traditions, and much more.

You will find out why from 1840 to 1900 between 10-50% of the inhabitants emigrated from some of the towns. How did people prepare for emigration at that time? How did people travel from Thuringia to the port cities of Bremerhaven and Hamburg? You will learn interesting facts about the crossing and the journey onward in America. I will report on the lives of immigrants in their new American homeland.

Tour dates and places:


10/18/2018, 6:30 pm: The History Center of Washington County, Old Courthouse Museum, 320 S. 5th Ave., West Bend, WI 53095

10/19/2018, 1:00 pm: Waukesha County Genealogical Society, Southminster Presberian Church (Nelson Hall), 200 Richard St. Waukesha, WI 53187

10/23/2018, 6:30 pm: Beloit Public Library + German Interest Group Janesville, 605 Eclipse Boulevard, Beloit, WI 53511

Special information about Wisconsin events here: Wisconsin flyer


10/22/2018: 3:00 pm: Ela Area Public Library, 275 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich, IL 60047

10/27/2018, 1:00 pm: Belleville Public Library, 121 E. Washington, Belleville, IL 62220

10/29/2018, 6:30 pm: Morrison-Talbott Library, 215 Park, Waterloo, IL 62298


10/24/2018, 5:00 pm: German American Heritage Center, 712 West Second St., Davenport, IA 52802


10/28/2018, 1:00 pm: Washington Historical Society, 113 E. Fourth Street, Washington, MO 63090

If you have any questions about the above mentioned events, please go to the contact information of each organization or library.

Thanks to all named and unnamed individuals, libraries, societies and companies who sponsored and supported the lecture tour.

Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Chicago * Totalstation Falkenhahn * UB & AV Adler * Zimmerei Schulz * Interessengemeinschaft “Alte Räs” Unterbreizbach * Gemeinde Gerstungen * Virginia Hirsch * John Christopher Ritz * Elfriede Oswald * Ernst + Margret Narbei * Lions Club Bad Salzungen “Rhön-Werra” * Heimat und Geschichtsverein “Geisaer Amt” e.V. * Rainer Lämmerhirt * Gemeinde Unterbreizbach

History Center of Washington County, WI * Waukesha County Genealogical Society, WI * Ela Area Public Library Lake Zurich, IL * Beloit Public Library, WI * German American Heritage Center, Davenport, IA * Belleville Public Library, IL * Washington Historical Society, MO * Morrison-Talbott Library Waterloo, IL * Dorothy Boxhorn * Anna Kimbell * Sue Oerter * John Wasserstrass * Michael Devries * Patricia Lutz * Kyle Lao * Marc Houseman * Antje Petty * James Doing * Klaus Stöhr * David Isleb * Kathy Wurth * and many more


Database for Emigrants

Dear Genealogists,

 The establishment of a database for emigrants Thuringia precedes. First emigrants were found in association with other genealogists in America, Canada and Australia, or the origin of some emigrants could be determined based on historical sources and documents.

  The database contains data outweigh of the present states of Thuringia and Hesse.

Results of resaerch exist so far to the following locations:


Allendorf, Alsfeld, Altenburg, Altenbreitungen, Andenhausen, Auma, Ausbach, (Bad) Salzungen, (Bad) Liebenstein, Barchfeld, Berka a. d. Werra, Berka v. d. Hainich, Bermbach, Birx, Bischofroda, Borsch, Breitungen, Bremen/Thür., Brunnhardtshausen, Buttlar, Burghaun, Christes, Creuzburg, Dankmarshausen, Dermbach, Diedorf, Dietlas, Dorndorf, Eckardts, Eisenach, Eichenzell, Eiterfeld, Empfertshausen, Ettenhausen, Etterwinden, Fambach, Farnroda, Fischbach, Flieden, Frankenhausen, Frankenheim, Frauenbreitungen, Frauensee, Friedewald, Förtha, Fulda, Geba, Gehaus, Geisa, Geismar, Gerstungen, Gerstengrund, Goldisthal, Gospenroda, Gotha, Gumpelstadt, Gräfendorf, Gräfenthal, Großburschla, Großenlupnitz, Großentaft, Herda, Heringen, Herrmansfeld, Hermannsroda, Herpf, Hersfeld, Hofgeismar, Hohleborn, Höhnebach, Holzhausen, Hötzelroda, Hünfeld, Hüttenhof, Immelborn, Kaiseroda, Kaltenborn, Kaltenlengsfeld, Kaltennordheim, Kaltensundheim, Kaltenwestheim, Ketten, Kieselbach, Klings, Kranlucken, Langenfeld, Leimbach, Madelungen, Marienthal, Marksuhl, Martinroda, Meimers, Meiningen, Melkers, Melpers, Merkers, Motzlar, Möhra, Mühlhausen, Neidhardtshausen, Nitzendorf, Neuenhof, Oberalba, Oberbreizbach, Oberellen, Oberkatz, Obersuhl, Oberzella, Oechsen, Ohrdruf, Ostheim, Otzbach, Pferdsdorf, Philippsthal, Pösneck, Rienau, Rippershausen, Rosa, Rossdorf, Rotenkirchen, Ruhla, Schleid, Schleusingen, Schmalkalden, Schönau, Schweina, Seligenthal, Spahl, (Stadt)lengsfeld, Stedtfeld, Steinbach, Suhl, Thamsbrück, Tiefenort, Treffurt, Unteralba, Unterbreizbach, Unterellen, Unterkatz, Unterrohn, Untersuhl, Urnshausen, Vacha, Völkershausen, Waldfisch, Walldorf, Waltershausen, Wartha, Wasungen, Weilar, Wernshausen, Widdershausen, Wilprechtroda, Wippersheim, Wiesenthal, Witzelroda, Wohlmutshausen, Wölferbütt, Zella/Rhön, Zillbach

For more information about emigrants and special research requests are gladly accepted.