Many thousands of people from Germany emigrated to the United States of America in the 19th century. Dr. Ekkehard Hübschmann, an ethnologist and genealogist from Harsdorf, Germany, will discuss the reasons and the methods during a presentation a 7 p.m. Thursday (8 September) in the Max Kade Room of the Athenæum, 401 East Michigan Street, Indianapolis.
His lecture describes the official process of emigration from Franconia (Kingdom of Bavaria): getting a birth certificate from the local church or synagogue, applying for an emigration permit and passport. The lecture also describes the conditions aboard the sailing ships.
The event is open to the public at no charge. It's sponsored by the Max Kade German-American Center. For questions, email Dr. Daniel Nützel or call 317:274-2300.