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HETRINA

(Hessiche Truppen in Amerika)

UPDATE

The HETRINA (currently volumes 1 thru 5) is now available online at http://lagis.online.uni-marburg.de/en/subjects/xsform/sn/hetrina (English link for Extended Search)

It is not uncommon for names to be misspelled (in original documents, transcriptions and in the online database). If you do not find a potential match with one spelling use other possible spellings and / or "fuzzy search"to obtain potential phonetic matches. Last name in the first box, First name in the second box, etc. You can also narrow you search if you know DOB, Regiment, Place of Birth etc.

 


 

 

Information donated to site by members of the mailing list

special thanks to: John in Toronto

 

See notes at bottom of page.

 

Is six volumes of gathered information transcribed into these volumes. It is published by the Hessian State Archive at Marburg of about 15,000 soldiers in German regiments sent to fight in the American Revolution from 1776-1784 It is written in both German and English. Please note that the HETRINA lists each name as many times as that soldier was recorded in military records which in some units was quite frequent (e.g., annually) Auerbach, Franz, Frohlich. Listed are the person's number, surname, given name, birth year, place of origin, town & state, rank, unit, type of record.

 

Volume I:

Covers the four Hessen-Kessel grenadier battalions formed from various grenadier companies in Zierenberg near the end of January 1776. They embarked in April 1776 in Bremerlehe. Some arrived in America on July 25, 1776 but the majority were in America by Mid-August of that year. These battalions formed a brigade under the command of Colonel von Donop and another battalion was organized in Wolhagen in mid-February 1776 and embarked in Ritzenbuttel in June, arrived in New York at the end of October 1776.

 

Volume II:

For those interested, the six regiments covered in HETRINA II are: Prinz Carl v. Ditfurth v. Donop [1784 became 

v. Knyphausen] v. Lo�berg [1780 became Alt v. Lo�berg; sometimes called "Lossberg Senior"] v. Mirbach [1780 became Jung v. Lo�berg, sometimes called "Lossberg Junior"] v. Tr�mbach [1778 became v. Bose] 

The above were all infantry regiments comprising five companies of approximately 125 men each. HETRINA II contains 12,311 entries covering these six regiments. I opine that these regiments have complete range of records, begining muster, ending muster and all monthly reports.

 

Volume III

Covers the following regiments: Princes Own Infantry; Landgraf; Prince-Successor; von Knyphausen; Rall; and von Wissenbach Garrison.

 

Volume IV:

Volume 4 covers the following: von Buenau Garrison Regiment; von Stein Garrison Regiment; Courier Corps; and Artillery Corps.

 

Volume V:

Volume 5 covers: Third Englis-Waldeck Mercenary Regiment.

 

Volume VI:

Covers the following: Hesse-Hanau Regiment of the Crown Prince; Artillery Corps; Hesse-Hanau Fusilier Corps (Chasseurs); and Hesse-Hanau Free Corps.

 

 

 

 

They can be found at

 

 

 

In Canada

1. Rutherford Library, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2J4 
Reference (780) 492-5791

2. Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4W 2G8, 
Phone: 416-395-5577

3. the Grande Bibliotheque du Quebec at Niveau 3 (Level), section Documentaires, Quebec, Canada

 

4. Grande Bibliotheque du Quebec Address : 475, boulevard De Maisonneuve Est Montr�al (Qu�bec) H2L 5C4 (Berri Metro station)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They can be found at

 

 

In the USA

1. The New York City Library (5th Avenue and 42nd Street), NY City, NY

 

2. Rutgers University at New Brunswick NJ.

 

3. LDS Library, on film, order at your local Family History Center.

LDS Family History Library 35 North West Temple St Salt Lake City, UT 84150-3400

 

4. SAR Library is located at:1000 South Fourth Street, Louisville, Ky  50203;  Vols. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6

The Librarian is: Michael Christian

 

5. Allen County Public Library 200 East Berry St Fort Wayne, IN 46801-2270 (260) 421-1200

 

6. The Connecticut State Library in Hartford, Connecticut

Genealogy and History section, downstairs. They also have a few diaries written by some Hessian soldiers. Two other books they have (among others) are: American Genealogical resources in German Archives (AGRIGA) by Clifford Neal SMITH. Hessian Soldiers in the American Revolution by Marie Paula DICKORE: records of their marriages/baptisms of their children in America, by Rev. C.C. Coster, 1776-1783, chaplain of two Hessian regiments.

 

8. Handley Regional Library, P. O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604, Phone (540) 662-9041.

 

9. The Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave, SE, Washington, D.C. 20540. Visitor Information (202) 707-8000.

 

10. Indiana State Library, Genealogy Dept. Indianapolis, IN. [an impressive resource even before expansion, remodeling, new film readers, etc.] possibly only 4 of the set, call first. (317)232-3675

 

11. Central Branch of the Seattle library, Seattle, Washington

 

12. The German Research Assn in San Diego, CA 

 

13. Immigrant Genealogical Society 1310-B West Magnolia Boulevard Burbank CA (Please - NO mail) (818) 848-3122 Vols. 1-6 $15 per search 

 

14. The Denver Library, Denver, CO

 

15. Houston Public Library, Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, 5300 Caroline
Houston, TX 77004; (832) 393-2600

16. San Antonio Public Library, 600 Soledad, San Antonio, TX 78205; Phone: (210) 207-2500
Six vol. extracts from the Hetrina / by Arthur C.M. Kelly.

17. University of Virginia, Alderman Library, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4114; (434) 924-3021
Vols. 1 ? 5

18. Suzzallo & Allen Library, University of Washington Libraries, 334 Gould Hall, Seattle, WA email:  98195-2900 ibquest@u.washington.edu

(206) 543-0242; Vols. 1 & 2

19. University of Wisconsin, Historical Society Library, 816 State St., Madison, WI 53706

 

20. the State Library of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, PA.

 

21. DAR Library in Washington, DC.  Volumes 1-5 of HETRINA are also available at the  http://www.dar.org/library/onlinlib.cfm

22. Main library in Orlando, Florida.

 

23.Auburn University Ralph Brown Draughton Library 231 Mell Street Auburn, AL 36849 (334) 844-4000 

 

24. Carlsbad Public Library 1775 Dove Lane Carlsbad, CA 92011 (760) 602-2038 Vols. 1 - 4

 

25. Los Angeles Public Library 630 W. 5th St. Los Angeles, CA 90071 (213) 228-7400 Vols. 1 - 5

 

26. The German Research Assn collection at: San Diego Multi-Stake Family History Center 4195 Camino del Rio South San Diego, CA (no mail please) (619) 584-7668 "HETRINA"

 

27. Stanford University Cecil H. Green Library 557 Escondido Mall Stanford, CA 94305 Vols. 1 - 6

 

28. Denver Public Library 10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy. Denver, CO 80204-2731 (720) 865-1111 Vols. 1 - 6

 

29. Connecticut State Library History and Genealogy 231 Capitol Ave Hartford, CT 06106 Tel: 860-757-6580 Vols. 1 - 6 Vols. 1 - 6 Kelly extracts

 

30.  Yale University Sterling Memorial Library 120 High Street New Haven, CT 06520 (203) 432-1775 Vols. 1 - 6

 

31. DAR Library 1776 D Street NW Washington, DC 20006 (202)628-1776 Vols. 1 - 5?

 

32. Orlando Public Library 101 East Central Boulevard Orlando, FL 32801 407-835-7323 Vols. 1 - 6

 

33. Arlington Heights Public Library 500 N. Dunton Ave. Arlington Heights, IL 60004 (847) 392-0100 Vols. 1 - 2?

 

34. Southern Illinois University Morris Library 605 Agriculture Drive Carbondale IL 62901 (618) 453-2818

 

35. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library 1408 West Gregory Drive Urbana, IL 61801 (217)333-2290

 

36. University of Chicago Joseph Regenstein Library 1100 East 57th Street Chicago, IL 60637 (773)-702-4685

 

37. The Newberry Library 60 W. Walton St. Chicago, IL 60610-7324 312-943-9090 Vols. 1 - 6

 

38. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library 112 North Sixth St Springfield, IL 62701 (217) 558-8844 Possibly has only Vol. 1.  Call library.

 

39. Willard Library 21 First Ave. Evansville, IN 47710 Phone: 812-425-4309

 

40. Vigo County Public Library One Library Square Terre Haute IN 47807 812-232-1113 Vols. 1 - 5

 

41. Purdue University Library 504 West State Street West Lafayette, IN 47907-2058 (765) 494-2831 

Vols. 1 - 4

 

42. University of Iowa Library 100 Main Library Iowa City, IA 52242-1420 (319) 335-5299 http://www.lib.uiowa.edu

 

 

43. National Archives Library Archives Library Information Center Room 2380 8601 Adelphi Road College Park, MD 20740-6001 (301) 837-3415 Confirm MD or DC location Vols. 1 - 6

 

44. Harvard University Widener Library Massachusetts Ave. Side Harvard Yard Cambridge, MA 02138 

Vols. 1 - 6

 

45. American Antiquarian Society Library 185 Salisbury Street Worcester, MA 01609-1634 ( 508) 755-5221

 

46.  University of Michigan William L. Clements Library 909 South University Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48109 Vols. 1 - 6

 

47. Detroit Public (Main) Library 5201 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202 Phone: (313) 833-1000 Vols. 1 - 5 Kelly Extracts Vols. 1 - 6

 

48. Michigan State University Main Library East Lansing, MI 48824 Vols. 1 - 5, 6?

 

49. Western Michigan University Waldo Library 1903 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo MI 49008-5201 (269) 387-1000

 

50. Library of Michigan 702 W. Kalamazoo St. P.O. Box 30007 Lansing, MI 48909 (517) 373-1300 Vols. 1 - 5, 6?

 

51. Iron Range Research Center Highway 169 West Chisholm, MN 55719-0392 218-254-7959, press 2

 

52. Kansas City Public Library 14 West 10th St. Kansas City, MO 64105 816-701-3400

 

53. The College of New Jersey Library 2000 Pennington Rd. Ewing, NJ 08628 (609) 771-2417 Vol. 1 only?

 

54. Rutgers University Archibald S. Alexander Library 169 College Ave. New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1163 (732)932-7006 Vols. 1 - 6

 

55. Princeton University Library One Washington Road Princeton, NJ 08544 (609)258-1470 Vols. 1 - 6

 

56. New Jersey State Library 185 W. State St. Trenton, NJ (609)292-6220 Vols. 1 - 5, 6?

 

57. Albuquerque Public Library 501 Copper NW Albuquerque, NM 87102 (505)768-5141 Kelly Extracts of Vols. 1 - 6

 

58. New York State Library  Cultural Education Center, Empire State Plaza Madison Ave. Albany, NY 12230 Hessian troops in the American Revolution: extracts from the Hetrina / by Arthur C.M. Kelly

 

59. Buffalo & Erie County Public Library 1 Lafayette Square Buffalo, NY 14203-1887 (716) 858-8900 

Vols. 1 correction only Volume One correction sent in by Gloria Leous

 

60. Cornell University Olin and Uris Library Ithaca, NY 14853 (607) 255-4144 Vols. 1 - 6

 

61. New York Public Library Fifth Ave & 42nd St New York, NY (212) 930-0641 Vols. 1 - 6

 

62. Rochester Public Library Central 115 South Ave Rochester, NY 14604 (585) 428-8180 Vols. 1 - 6

 

63. USMA Library757 Thayer RoadWest Point, NY 10996-1711 (845) 938-8325Vols. 1 - 5, 6? Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County 310 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202 (704) 336-2725 Vols. 1 - 6 Kelly Extracts Greensboro Public Library219 N Church St Greensboro, NC 27401(336) 373-2471Vols. 1 - 6 State Library of North Carolina 109 East Jones Street Raleigh, NC (919) 807-7450 Vols. 1 - 5, 6?

 

64. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton Co. 800 Vine Street Cincinnati, OH 45202-2009 (513) 369-6900 No. of Vols. 2?

 

65. Cleveland Main Public Library 325 Superior Ave., N.E. Cleveland, OH  44114 (216) 623.2800 Vols. 2, 3, 4, 5 Kelly extracts: Vols. 1-6

 

66. Ohio Historical Society Archives/Library 1982 Velma Ave. Columbus, OH 43211 (614) 297-2510 Vol. 3

 

67. Toledo - Lucas County Public Library 325 N. Michigan St. Toledo, OH 43624 (419) 259-5207 Vols. 1 - 5, 6?

 

68. Pennsylvania State Library Commonwealth Ave. & Walnut St. Harrisburg, PA 17126 (717) 783-5950 

Vols. 1 - 6

 

69. Franklin & Marshall College Library College Avenue and James Streets Lancaster, PA (717) 291-4217

 

70. Pennsylvania Historical Society Library 1300 Locust St Philadelphia, PA 19107 Phone: 215-732-6200

 

71.  University of Pennsylvania 3420 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206 (215) 898-7555 Vols. 1 - 6

 

72. University of South Carolina Thomas Cooper Library - Circulation Desk 1322 Greene St Columbia, SC 29208 Circulation: 803-777-3145 [NOTE: HETRINA held in Library Annex and delivered to Circulation Desk of Thomas Cooper Library by request on work days only. Requests in by 11am delivered by 3 pm; otherwise by 10 am next work day.]

 

73. Knox County Public Library 500 West Church Ave. Knoxville, TN 37902 (865) 215-8750 Vols. 1 - 6, Kelly Extracts

 

74. Dallas Public Library J. Erik Jonsson Library 1515 Young St. Dallas TX 75201 (214) 670-1400

 

75. Fort Worth Public Library 500 W. 3rd Street Fort Worth, TX 76102 817-871-7701 Vols. 1 & 2

 

76. Houston Public Library Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research 5300 Caroline Houston, TX 77004 (832) 393-2600

 

77. Midland County Library 3-1 West Missouri Midland, TX 79701 (432) 688-4320 Vols. 1 - 6 Vols. 1 - 6 also Kelly Extracts

 

78. San Antonio Public Library 600 Soledad San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 207-2500 Six vol. extracts from the Hetrina / by Arthur C.M. Kelly.

 

79. Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee Library Provo, UT  84602-6800 (801) 422-2927 Vols. 1 - 6

 

80. University of Virginia Alderman Library Charlottesville, VA 22904-4114 (434) 924-3021 

Vols. 1 - 5

 

81. Eastern Mennonite University Hartzler Library 1200 Park Road Harrisonburg, VA 22802 Vols. 1 - 5

 

82. Olympia Timberland Library 313 8th Ave. SE Olympia, WA 98501-9300 (360) 352-0595 Vols. 1, 3, 4, 5

 

83. Seattle (Central) Public Library 1000 Fourth Ave. Seattle, WA 98104 206-386-4636 Vols. 1 - 6

 

84. Suzzallo & Allen Library University of Washington Libraries 334 Gould Hall Seattle, WA 98195-2900 (206) 543-0242 Vols. 1 & 2

 

85. University of Wisconsin Historical Society Library 816 State St. Madison, WI 53706 Vols. 1 - 5 Vols. 1 - 3 Kelly extracts

 

 

 

NOTES

 

 

In the introduction to HETRINA IV, p. 15, is the following statement:  "These computer listings can be used as an index for microfilms in the Library of Congress taken from the holdings of the State Archives of Hesse in Marburg." Recently a correspondent sent me scans of a few pages which clearly come from the Library of Congress 1929 photostat collection which includes material covered in HETRINA IV. HETRINA reference code 4H410 (27 Feb 1777 Trenton POW lists) is identified on the photostats made 27 June 1929 as:     Preusisches Staatsarchiv Marburg     OWS 1248.  Wilhelmsh�her Kriegakten.. No.CXIX. The HETRINA reference 8853/20 (J�ger Monthly Report for May 1778) is identified on the document as:     Preusisches Staatsarchiv Marburg     O. W. S. 1516, Monatslisten den Feld-Jager-Corps. 1778. It appears that the Library of Congress Manuscripts Division control number for the 54 containers of orginal photstats is mm 84070425 and the local call/shelving location is 0614KK. I do not know the identification of the corresponding microfilm but as my correspondent used the microfilm, doubtless copies of the film is available for purchase.  My correspondent advised me that locating the "finding aid" in the Manuscript Division was difficult, even with the assistence of the duty librarian, but with the finding aid in hand, identifying the reel of microfilm was simple. I have never viewed the original photostats but similar microfilm I purchased about fifteen years ago from the LOC was negative microfilm which is very difficult to use as the text was in German script.  I have not recently purchased microfilm from the Library of Congress but the current cost is $80/reel for positive film plus a $14 "processing fee." http://www.loc.gov/preserv/pds/micro.html A lister living in the Washington DC area might desire to look into this matter. 

Donated by:  Bob Brooks


 

THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IS ON PAGE 31, 

HETRINA VOLUME 6, A-L-- 

"THERE IS A COMPLETE SET OF ALL THE SOURCES 

USED IN THE HETRINA SERIES AT THE CLEMENT LIBRARY, 

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN.  

THIS LIBRARY WILL ACCEPT ORDERS FOR COPIES."

 

 

 

 

 

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