Why did my roots transplant themselves?
November 20, 2010 8:07 PM Subscribe
What are some resources I can look at describing the conditions of northern Germany during the 19th century, and why people may have wanted to emigrate from there?
posted by sanka to human relations (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've been doing a bit of genealogy and it's quite easy to follow several of my unique family names to northern Germany. Several branches of my family emigrated from northern Germany (specifically Ostfriesland) in the middle of the 19th century.
I'm looking for reasons why. I mean obviously there was a mass migration to the US from all points during that time, but I'm wondering about specific reasons why someone would choose to move their entire family from Ostfriesland to the US. It can't just be on a whim, or because there is free land. Or could it?
I guess that's why I'm asking. What were the legal, political or religious tensions in the area at the time. Were there food shortages? Disease? Persecution? Anyone have any good sources I can look at?