VOLUME 8 SERIES B

Vol.8.  Rainer L. Hempel.  New voices on the Shores.  Early Pensylvania German Settlements in New Brunswick. 2000.
486 pages; richly illustrated. ISBN 0-921415-08-7. [In English] $ 29.95 (plus shipping).



 
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Excerpt from the author's preface:

. . . Considering the detailed research of Nova Scotia's German pioneers, relatively little was known about the early German settlers of the Petitcodiac region. Since topics of language preservation, integration and assimilation are part of the wider field of German-Canadian Studies, the settlers in the immediate proximity of my place of residence and work offered a promising avenue for research. In this I was spurred on by their descendants who demonstrated an equal interest and wish to know about their past; some spared no effort compiling their own genealogies. A systematic wider search of available archival material on the settlers in Europe as well as in Pennsylvania was to show the variety of background influences on their North American endeavours. . . .;

The wealth of publications on central European emigration to North America and its divergent aspects with regard to the sociological, religious, political, and economic environments of the times carries the risk of generalization and superficiality. Yet the dearth of specific information about such 18th-century settlers in local sources necessitated the inclusion of material which might have been ignored in a study of more recent times, where statistics and private and government documents are more readily available. The present study must be viewed as a first attempt to gather and evaluate in one volume information concerning New Brunswick's early German settlers, specifically those who settled along the Petitcodiac River, but also later arrivals collectively referred to as United Empire Loyalists.

The descendants' interest in detailed historical and geographical information about the regions whence their forbears came was taken into account in the subchapters on the Lutz and Stieff families. This background material comes exclusively from German sources, not readily accessible to Anglophone North Americans. This study explores diverse facets of the emigrants' collective European and Pennsylvanian experiences, and topics less commonly found in history books, such as culture, folklore, and ethnicity, should appeal to a more general readership. However, the scope of this study (and its index) allows those interested only in particular aspects or names to choose their appropriate topics. This holds especially true for the genealogy, which was compiled as a reference for Petitcodiac-German names. The detailed narrative and endnotes are also intended to encourage use of this study as a reference tool and basis for further inquiry.
 
 
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