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Baden emigration info for Kettner. Good stuff.
Posted by: John Kopp (ID *****7304) Date: December 03, 2006 at 12:57:34
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       Some researchers may not be aware that in recent years the General Archives in Karlsruhe, Germany has been indexing and posting to the internet, free of charge, available names of those who emigrated from Southwest Germann (Baden, Württemberg and Hohenzollern)during the last few centuries. They’ve now posted about 260,000 names and continue to add more each year. In total, there were about 1,800,000 German emigrants, so they still have a long way to go.
       Below are all the Kettner/Kittner names that have thus far been posted to the site. I could find no Ketners. The extreme right-hand column lists the person’s last place of residence as shown on the emigration forms. Please understand that the location may not actually be where the person was from. It only means it was the last place of residence as provided by the emigran t at the time of application. That said, it turned out that my own emigrant ancestor had accurately listed his last place of residence…later proven by the town’s LDS microfilmed Catholic Church records, written in old German script, but that’s another story.
       So how does one access and use the index…in English? Piece of cake. The below URL will take you to the web site. Once there, click “English”. On the next page click “Search for Emigrants”. On the next page click “Standard”. The final page enables you to type in the names of your emigrant ancestors. Then click “Search Data”.
       Recommendation: On your initial search type in both the first and last names of your emigrant. Forget all the other stuff. I’ve found it’s not needed. If you get no hits, go back and eliminate the first name and search again. Try any and all spelling variations. And be sure to add the site to your favorites listing. Remember, they’re continually adding’ll want to go back.
       If when doing additional name searches the site says the page has expired, just click refresh and you’re again off and running. That page expiration thingy is a pain, but we’ll just have to live with it.
Should your search pop up a name that rings a bell there should be a small, blue magnifying glass next to it. Click it and additional info will be displayed.
For example, this is the additional info for Johann Adam Kettner:

Emigrant identification:296391
First name: Johann Adam
Last name: Kettner
Emigration year:1833
Continent: Nordamerika
Last place of residence: Werbach
Number of adults: 2
Comments: mit Frau und Kindern; gestorben;
Country of destination: Nordamerika
County: nicht zuweisbar
Archive: Generallandesarchiv Karlsruhe
       (Note: “mit Frau and Kinder; gestorben” means “with wife and child; died”. "Nicht Zuweisbar" means “Not allocatable” (probably another way of saying unknown or not listed).

Lastly, from what I understand the emigrant identification number is the person’s original emigration file number. Supposedly, using it one can write to or e-mail the Baden General Archives to obtain a complete copy, but be prepared to shell out a few bucks. I’ve been there…thought they were going to charge me to breath their air.

Web site URL:

Full name/Year of emigration/Destination/Last residence

Johann Adam       Kettner       1833       North America       Werbach
Michael Josef       Kettner       1912       Western Europe       Werbach
Margarethe       Kettner       1833       North America       Werbach

Maria Ursula Winker Kettner 1912 Western Europe Werbach

Christine Kettner 1850 North America Wildbad im Schwarzwald, Stadt, CW

Jakob Fr. Kettner 1851 North America Wildbad im Schwarzwald, Stadt, CW

Christoph Philipp Kettner 1851 North America Wildbad im Schwarzwald, Stadt, CW

Christoph Friedrich Kettner 1849 North America Wildbad im Schwarzwald, Stadt, CW

Maria Kettner 1864 North America Wildbad im Schwarzwald, Stadt, CW

Daniel       Kettner       1871       North America       Simonswald
Franz       Kettner       1848       North America       Oberkirch
Andreas       Kettner       1872       North America       Sasbach
Anton       Kettner       1872       North America       Sasbach
Bernhard Kettner 1872       North America       Sasbach
Brig.       Kettner       1875       North America       Sasbach
Friedrich Kettner 1875       North America       Sasbach
Josef       Kettner       1875       North America       Sasbach

David       Kittner       1853       North America       Buchen (Odenwald)
Falk       Kittner       1868       North America       Buchen (Odenwald)
Falk       Kittner       1868       North America       Buchen (Odenwald)
Hirsch       Kittner       1854       unknown        Buchen (Odenwald)

Good hunting!

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