Joel Seewald

Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department or School

Geography and Geology

Committee Member

William Welsh, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Dan Bonenberger, M.A.

Committee Member

John Oswald, Ph.D.


The Old Lutherans constituted fewer than 20% of the Germans who emigrated from Prussia between 1835 and 1854. In this study, more than 483 cities and villages of origin of 6,911 Old Lutherans were mapped. These origins were in the central provinces of Brandenburg, Pomerania, Posen, Saxony, and Silesia. More emigrants came from Pomerania overall and during every time period except 1849-54. The areas with the most emigrants were north central Pomerania, northern Brandenburg, southeast Brandenburg, and western Silesia. Emigrant destinations were primarily America and Australia. American destinations included New York, Wisconsin, and Texas, but the state that many went to has not yet been discovered. Some overlap of source and destination occurred when examining the overall emigration, but extremely little occurred during each of the time periods reviewed. More than 83% of emigrant origins were within 15 miles of a major river, the primary source of transportation.