See:Wikipedia:Palatinate for more details about the Palatinates in general


Knittel, 1937. Internet Archives
Knittle, 1937. Early Eighteenth Century Palatine Emigration Available Feb 2012 on ThreeRivers
Transcript:First Party of Palatinates in London, 1709


The term "palatinate" is used to describe certain geographic units (e.g., a county) in Germany, Poland, or England. In Germany and England, a palatinate was administered by a count palatine, originally the direct representative of a sovereign, but later the hereditary ruler of the territory subject to the crown's overlordship. In Poland the Palatines remained non-hereditary or semi-hereditary, appointed for a lifetime by the King and are often within one family.

In genealogy, the Rheinland Palatinates are of particular interest, especially for American genealogist, because of a major migration that began in 1708/09.

image:The Rhine-Palatinate in Germany.jpg image:Subdivisions of the Rhine-Palatinate.jpg
Modern Districts of Rhineland-Palatinate:
1. Ahrweiler7. Birkenfeld 13. Kaiserslautern19. Rhein-Hunsrück
2. Altenkirchen 8. Bitburg-Prüm14. Kusel 20. Rhein-Lahn
3. Alzey-Worms9. Cochem-Zell 15. Rhein-Pfalz-Kreis21. Südliche Weinstraße
4. Bad Dürkheim10. Vulkaneifel16. Mainz-Bingen 22. Südwestpfalz
5. Bad Kreuznach11. Donnersbergkreis17. Mayen-Koblenz 23. Trier-Saarburg
6. Bernkastel-Wittlich 12. Germersheim18. Neuwied 24. Westerwaldkreis

Urban Districts of Rhineland-Palatinate:
F. FrankenthalLa. LandauN. Neustadt (Weinstraße)T. Trier
Ka. Kaiserslautern L. Ludwigshafen (Rheinpfalz-Kreis)P. PirmasensW. Worms
Ko Koblenz Coblenz M. MainzS. Speyer SpiresZ. Zweibrücken