I am trying to find some record of arrival or departure from Germany to the United States for this person. So far I have had no luck. It is complicated by the fact Heilker is often misspelled.
My Ancestor is John Heilker we have that name in common. He put on census he arrived in 1866. And that he was born in 1836. He was a shoemaker in Baltimore Maryland.
He can First be found in the 1870 Baltimore Census under "August Heilker" and that he immigrated from Prussia in 1866.
by the 1900 Census it lists him as "John Heilker" and that he immigrated in 1866 from Germany.
I have found a Johann August Heilker born in 1836 in Recke Germany...http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&d...
"23 FEB 1836 Saint Dionysius Church, Recke, Tecklenburg, Westfalen, Germany "
More interesting his father is listed as "Johann Henrich HEILKER " and his occupation is listed also as a shoemaker.
This seems a really strong candidate, and I put it on my tree, and unfortunately others have copied it, but the reality is I have found no sure proof they are the same. I desperately need to find that either proves or disproves these two men are the same. I have scoured passenger lists, and what I can search through online without speaking German. But I am stuck. And I simply can not afford the thousand dollars or so to hire a professional. Can anyone offer me any leads or assistance? I feel like I am so close, these two men very much sound like they are the same....but I can not be sure is Recke where my people come from? Thanks for any help.