Hermann Friedrich Macco of Aachen, Germany, spent much of his career collecting information about the emigration of persons and families from Switzerland to the Palatinate bordering the Rhine River. Following the Thirty Years War, Swiss emigrants came into Germany to repopulate the areas that had been decimated of their inhabitants, and the trend continued. Macco based much of his research on the parish registers in Switzerland and Germany as well as the letters of liberation of the serfs in Switzerland.
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