Emigration from Bavaria to North America in the 19th Century


Bavarian archives store plenty of files of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries providing shoals of genealogical data. The Bavarian State Archives in Amberg, Augsburg, Bamberg, Coburg, Landshut, Nürnberg and Würzburg, however, have only started to produce digital finding aids, using the FAUST software.
Only a small part of the databases are yet published on the internet; see Findmittel-Datenbank or PDF-Findmittel for PDF files. The database is––so far––for internal use only. Even in the reading rooms the database is not publicly accessible. In the finding aid rooms only printouts of the database for single holdings are provided.
For many holdings modern finding aids do not exist. It is then necessary to visit the archive and to search through handwritten chronological lists maintained by the file producing authority for ex. in the 19th century.

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Genealogical Relevant Records

– Emigration Files (Auswanderungsakten)

– Establishing Residency and Marrying Files (Ansässigmachungs- und Verehelichungsakten AVK)

– Real Property Tax Cadaster (Grundsteuerkataster)

– Vital Records

– Inheritance Files (Nachlaßakten)

– Vital Records (for ex. Jewish Registers and Jewish Catasters)

– Restitution and Compensation Files (Wiedergutmachungsakten, Entschädigungsakten)

A handout respectively the whole article “From Germany to North America in the 19th Century The Bavarian Example” can be found here in the near future.

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