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Rolgeiger at aol.com Rolgeiger at aol.com
Wed Aug 4 15:27:28 MDT 2010

In einer eMail vom 04.08.2010 21:09:35 Westeuropäische Normalzeit schreibt  
jeanettedaniels8667 at yahoo.com:

Are there plans for doing a "family book" for Saarland for  earlier years 
back into the 1600s and 1700s?  I have family that  immigrated from there to 
South Carolina about 1710.( That date is from memory  so it could be a 
little later.)  Also, the area that was Saarland back  then is now part of the 
adjacent county boundary (Rhineland??? again from  memory).  

Well, no, and I don't think there ever will be one. Main problem is:  
although the Saarland is the smallest of all our federal states, it nevertheless  
is not small at all. Per 31st December 2009 we had 1,200,000 citizen 
residing  here. What do you think about the size of a family book for all 
Saarlanders ever  lived here?
Furthermore Saarland did not exist before 1919. The treaty of Versailles  
after World War I fixed the borderlines of the region (more or less) which 
then  was called "Saargebiet" (Saar District) and now is Saarland. But before 
1919 big  parts of it belonged to Prussia, Bavaria and Oldenburg. Before 
1834 part of  my own recent county St. Wendel belonged to Coburg and Oldenburg 
(their  dukes got it at the Congress of Vienna in 1815 after helping defeat 
Napoleon).  Before 1815 we were all part of France. Before 1800 St. Wendel 
County belonged  to the Electorate of Trier (who was bishop and electorate in 
one person) while  south easter Saarland belonged to Pfalz-Zweibruecken, 
south western Saarland to  Nassau-Saarbruecken, the area around Tholey called 
Amt Schaumburg first to  Lorraine = France, then to Pfalz-Saarbruecken as 
Uhm, about what are we talking?
Someone born in St. Wendel in 1770 was born in the town of St. Wendel, Amt  
(no translation for that) St. Wendel (maybe district or even county), 
Kurstift  (Electorate of) Trier, Heiliges Roemisches Reich Deutscher Nation (Holy 
Roman  Empire of German Nation). Your ancestors must have been catholic to 
reside  their. Protestants as well as Jews were not allowed to settle in 
that area. One  of the reasons why there were only few emigrants from our area 
in early 18th  Century. Emigrants from St. Wendel County mostly emigrated in 
19th Century -  then from St. Wendel, Canton St. Wendel, Fuerstentum 
Lichtenberg (bet. 1818 and  1834) or from St. Wendel, Canton St. Wendel, Preussen 
If you want to learn about your ancestors emigrating from our area you may  
consult Werner Hacker's "Auswanderungen aus Rheinpfalz und Saarland im  18. 
Jahrhundert" (Emigration from the Rheinpfalz and Saarland in 18th  Century) 
to find where they came from. Well, and then you may engage a local  
researcher :-)
Roland Geiger, St. Wendel, Germany
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