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Hamburg Passenger Lists (Immigration)

Nature of Source

Records of outbound passenger lists of about 5 million individuals. Around 80 per cent of passengers travelled to the USA. About two thirds of the passengers originated from eastern Europe and the rest from Germany. The records cover the years from 1850 to 1934 except the years covering 1915 to 1919. The lists are written in German and most online indexes only cover the peak years.

See also
Immigration Records
Jewish Records
Jewish Registers
Lists & Certificates of Aliens/Arrivals
Naturalisation Papers
Passenger Lists
Registers of Aliens
Returns of Aliens
Sacrament Certificates

Where Found

Ballinstadt Emigration Museum (Emigration Museum BallinStadt Hamburg)
LDS FamilySearch Centers

Period Covered

1850 - 1934

Genealogical Value

Full name, sex, age, previous residence, occupation, destination, number of persons, adults & children over 10 years, children under 10 years.

Further References

Dearden, Fay & Dearden, Dearden. The German Researcher: How To Get The Most Out Of An LDS Family History Center: Family Roots Publishing, 2007

Meitzler, Leland K. German Genealogy Research Online - Tips and Links: Family Roots Publishing, 2012

Minert, Roger & Boeckel, Kathryn & Winters, Caren. Germans to America and the Hamburg Passenger Lists: Coordinated Schedules: Heritage Books, 2007


Minert, Roger P. Deciphering Handwriting in German Documents: Analyzing German, Latin, and French in Vital Records Written in Germany: Family Roots Publishing, 2001



A number of Place Name Indexes (with reverse alphabetical indexes) by Roger P. Minert covering Switzerland and Germany are available from Family Roots Publishing

Websites (The Hamburg Passenger Departure Lists 1850-1934) (FamilySearch Research Wiki: Hamburg Passenger Lists) (FamilySearch Catalogue: Search the catalogue for the whereabouts of passenger lists made available by FamilySearch online and in libraries and centres worldwide) (CyndisList: Links to resource sites) (Resource Guide: The Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850-1934) (Sassy Jane Genealogy: Translating Hamburg Passenger List Categories) (Family Tree Magazine: German Resource Spotlight: Hamburg Passenger Lists) (Using the Hamburg Emigration Lists on by Juliana Smith) (Using Hamburg Passenger Lists by Gary T.Horlacher)

Online Databases (Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850-1934) (Stephen P. Morse: Searching the Hamburg Outbound Passenger Lists in One Step) (Various passenger lists including Germans to America Index, 1850-1897; Italians to America Index, 1855-1900; Russians to America Index, 1834-1897)