Internet Resources for Finding 19th Century German Emigrants
Many lists of German emigrants listing towns of origin are found on the internet. Following is a list of useful websites. Additional material can be found by entering the German region plus the terms “emigrants, emigration” or their German equivalents: “Auswanderer, Auswanderung” in a search engine.
- USGenWeb State and country sites often include links to indexed vital records, church information, naturalization records, county histories, and other resources.
- German search engine
- Metasearch Engine - Use keywords Auswanderer, Auswanderung, emigration,immigration” to find little-known lists of emigrants
- Palmer list of merchant vessels, descriptions and pictures of European sailing vessels, including many earlier emigrant ships
- Forschungsstelle deutscher Auswanderer in die USA, discussion of problems with Germans to America, links to transcribed passenger lists, offers research services.
- German Emigrant Data Base,covers 1820-1939, main source: New York passenger lists beginning in 1820, supplemented by material found in Germany, ($)
- Ancestors on Board: A Journey of Discovery
- Americana in German Archives
U.S. and German passenger lists and indexes
- Ellis Island Records - New York arrivals 1892-1924, limited search functionality, includes images
- CastleGarden – passenger arrivals in New York 1820-1913, currently not linked to images
- Improved Search Masks for the Ellis Island website and Castle Garden allows searches by various fields, with or without a complete name
- Ancestry.comincludes an ever-increasing number of passenger list indexes and linked imagees, ($).
- Emigrants coming through Canada
- Routes to the Roots has good links to emigrant data bases arranged by geographical area
- Germany Roots, data base of over 230,000 emigrants
- Immigrant Ships Transcribers’ Guild
- Galveston Immigration Lists
- Bremen passenger lists, 1920-1939
- French Lines
- Institut Deutsche Adelsforschung Emigrants from noble families
Regional Lists and Indexes of Emigrants
Lists of emigrants from individual towns
- Alfter, Rheingau
- Borgholz and Burgsteinfurt, Muensterland, Westfalen
- Buer, Westfalen
- Gechingen, Wuerttemberg
- Neuhausen ob Eck, Baden-Württemberg
- Rheine, Westfalen
- Rommelshausen, OA Cannstadt, Wuerttemberg
- Wuesten, Germany before 1900