Bavaria & Pfalz Emigration Database

Database updated 15 Dec 2016,  with over 12,000 additional names. Total now is over 76,000.

You can find the name of the town your Bavarian and Pfalz ancestors emigrated from by using this Database.

The Bavaria and Pfalz Emigration Database has been compiled from emigration notices printed in newspapers as one of the conditions to legally emigrate from Bavaria. Printing the notice gave the newspaper readers plenty of time to put in a claim if they were owed money by the person leaving the Kingdom of Bavaria.

The database has a few records from as early as 1823, but most of records are from 1832 to 1873.

Once you have found the person of interest to you in the database, you can order a free digital copy of the article in which they appear by emailing the address below. Send the person’s name along with the entire data line (exactly as shown, including any letter shown with the year) and your E-mail address.

You can also order a translated copy of the entire newspaper article, which entails a translation fee.  Since these newspaper articles are of different lengths the cost of translation cannot be determined until our translator has examined the article.

To order by E-mail click here or or by postal mail send to: GGG, 98 Stone Lane, Levittown, NY 11756.

Once you know the town name you can find where it is located in Germany by entering the name of the town in as (name of town), Germany. If you don’t get a good hit, try going to and look for the town name in the free book “Meyers Gazetteer of the German Empire” as the name of the town may have changed.

If you find your ancestor’s town please let us know that our web site helped you by sending us an E-mail

Records Search: Bavaria & Pfalz Emigrants

Please note that the Surname (e.g. Last Name) is a required entry field. But since exact spellings are not always known, to aid your search we offer three different ways to specify Surnames...

  1. Exact Match ("is exactly") - This is the default surname search method.
  2. Soundex ("sounds like") - This option enables you to specify a surname spelling it out as best you can, and it will return results that "sound" similar to what you spelled out.
  3. Wild Card - With this option you can replace part of the surname with a * to match any number of letters, or _ to match a single letter. So for example, Sch* will return all names starting with Sch. Similarly, Schl_tz might return results such as Schlitz or Schlotz. 

For whichever of the above surname search options you would like to use, simply select the appropriate radio button option below the input field on the form.

See the "About Database" page for instructions on ordering a translation of any article of interest.


* Matches multiple characters. 
_ Matches one single character.


The German Genealogy Group wishes to thank Tom Risinger, George Ludder, Tom Erickson and Joan Hydo for compiling the information for the Bavarian Emigrant database!