If you are looking for family/ ancestors who may have lived in Hesse, HADIS (Hessisches Archiv-Dokumentations- und Informations-System) offers an outstanding and useful toolset. Since most people I come into contact with are looking for genealogy related information and emigration, I will provide a brief explanation on conducting an emigration search.
- First, goto: HADIS.
- Next, enter [Your Desired FamilyName] into the “Schnellsuche” box (menu bar on the left, near the bottom of the page). Try the family name of Henss as an example.
- Wait for the search to return.
- When you see your search results, select the “Auswanderer-Nachweise” listed in the middle of the page to view Emigrants’ information.
Note: If when conducting this search with your actual “family name” and you receive nothing much that seems useful, you can investigate the problem a little deeper via the following process:
Be aware that for a HADIS search to work, you need to be searching a valid family name (surname).
To determine the validity of your surname spelling and its relevance to a Hessian location, I recommend using Genevolu to establish probable surname location(s) and distribution density (I like having the pre-WW2 option because I search a lot in the former German Eastern Provinces).
If you happen to have other tricks to share, please use our comments or contact page to let me know.