Johann Paul Jünger’s Journey to America
In this section of the web site I will attempt to share as much information as possible that I have learned about the journey Paul Jünger made in leaving his homeland in German speaking Europe to come to America. My professional training is in Accountancy. However, I have always loved history. The search for information concerning Paul’s migrations which finally terminated in York County Pennsylvania has been a very interesting, addictive and rewarding history “project”.
I have been very pleased and impressed with the many and varied resources available toward finding answers to my questions about my Pennsylvania German ancestry. Early on I discovered that the materials which are available to anyone conducting research on this subject are vast. For me the problem has been one of limited time to do justice toward researching the publications and materials that do exist. I have compiled a small library of books and other publications focused on the subject of Pennsylvania German history.
I have also assembled a collection of Compact Discs (CD’s) on various topics including county histories of the various Counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania and the entire collection of the Pennsylvania Archives as well as other miscellaneous subjects. However, there is a big difference between acquiring these valuable research tools and actually gleaning the important information sought from them. That has been my challenge given the concurrent demands of career, family, church, leisure activities and so on.
Other resources that I have also been impressed with and consulted include those of the local historical and genealogical societies of York, Lancaster, Cumberland and Berks counties. Their staffs are always very helpful in guiding the novice through their holdings in search of clues and tidbits of information about ancestors who once lived in those counties. Their holdings include important documents like tax lists, ship lists, estate files, land deeds, census records, military service records, etc.
The Pennsylvania German Society www.pgs.org, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania www.hsp.org, Ancestry.com www.ancestry.com, the Mormon archives www.familysearch.org and Genealogy.com www.genealogy.com have all been tremendous resources for my Jünger/Yinger family research project as well. The Pennsylvania German Society has been a source for publications including books written by professional researchers about the Pennsylvania German immigration experience and villages of origin for many immigrants.
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania was a source for issues of Philadelphia newspapers I obtained for the time period in which Paul arrived in September of 1748. From them I obtained copies of September and October, 1748 issues of Ben Franklin’s “Pennsylvania Gazette” and Christopher Saur’s German language “Pennsylvanische Berichte” published in Germantown just outside of Philadelphia.
An online subscription to Ancestry.com provided me with many valuable resources including indexed census records for the United States which were taken from the original census images every ten years beginning in 1790. Their databases also include extensive immigration information with references to the original publications in which a cited record appears.
The Mormon web site permits a search into their “largest in the world” family history library holdings that include county records like tax lists, cemetery inventories, immigration data, European church records, etc. Once a microfilmed record is located that is of interest, that film can be ordered from the main library in Salt Lake City, Utah for a fee. Ordered films will then be sent to a local Family History Center in your hometown for review and copying of relevant information or for transfer to a CD for later computer viewing at home.
Genealogy.com was a source for many CD’s I obtained from them that contained publications for Pennsylvania German immigration, church records, etc.
This listing of consulted resources is not the complete body of information I relied upon. However, it probably represents the majority of sources for my research thus far. The Internet and genealogical resources found on the World Wide Web don’t replace or outweigh the traditional sources like county court houses, county historical and genealogical societies, local histories, etc.
Nevertheless, the ever growing resources on the Internet and the growing presence of the more traditional genealogical organizations on the Web has made family history research much more accessible to the genealogist. The Internet also provides e-mail information for communication with the traditional organizations about resources in their holdings and how to get access to those materials.
As I began to search for clues about my Yinger ancestry, questions abounded in my mind. It seems appropriate, therefore, that this important section of the web site should follow a question and answer format based on some of the questions I naturally sought answers to as my research evolved.
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