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The immigration into the Rheingau
The author, Norbert Michel, published a list of names of those who settled in the Rheingau valley in 1665. The settlements listed were Assmannshausen, Aulhausen, Budenheim, Elbingen, Eltiville, Erbach, Espenschied, Frauenstein, Geisenheim, Gladbach, Hallgarten, Hattenheim, Johannesberg, Kiedrich, Lorch, Lorchhausen, Mittelheim, Neudorf, Niederwalluf, Oberwalluf, Oestrich. Presberg, Ransel, Rauenthal, Rüdesheim, Stephanshausen, Winkel and Wollmerschied.
The author also lists the new citizens of Rheingau in the 1700s and provides the following summary:
“The region of Rheingau which belonged to the bishopric and electorate principality of Mainz was distinguished in the Middle Ages in that it’s citizens were neither serfs nor did they have to do forced labor. This was surely the reason that many desired to be accepted there as citizens. At the beginning this possibility was only dependent upon residence, from 1527 a certificate was needed to prove you were not a stranger and as of 1643 a financial charge was levied. Fortunately the record of these receipts from 1549-1803 have survived in full (in Wiesbaden state archives the Landesschreibererechnungen). As well as recording the financial transaction, they often contain further information about the immigrant, including place of origin”.
Both lists are arranged by place name and within each village are listed alphabetically. They both can be found inArchiv für Familiengeschichtsforschung, 3. Jahrgang, Heft 2 (1999). The periodical is accessible through FamilySearch, Family History Library, call number 943 B2as