About 8,000 families from northeast Germany (mostly from Prussia and Mecklenburg) emigrated to the Ottawa Valley between 1857 and the 1870s. Most of these people settled in the northwestern part of Renfrew County, but a significant number also settled in McNab Township and Arnprior, with particular concentrations in German Settlement (now called Clay Valley) and Mansfield.
Scope and Content
The file contains information relevant to genealogists researching their German roots. Some of the information is in German.
Much current information on this subject is available on the Internet, both in English and in German.
See also the books, “Destination: Ottawa Valley” by Peter Hessel and “Harvest of Stones” by Brenda Lee-Whiting.
See Also “Passenger Lists" from Germany” (1858-61) in a large box on shelf H1.5