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== Record Description ==
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
 
The collection consists of data files relating to the immigration of Germans to the United States for arrivals 1850-1897. Created by the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, Center for Immigration Research.  
 
The collection consists of data files relating to the immigration of Germans to the United States for arrivals 1850-1897. Created by the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, Center for Immigration Research.  
  
== Record Content  ==
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== Collection Content  ==
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== What Can this Collection Tell Me? ==
  
 
Information found in this collection may include:  
 
Information found in this collection may include:  
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*Literate?
 
*Literate?
  
== How to Use the Record ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
  
To begin your search it is helpful to know one or more of the following:&nbsp;
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To begin your search it is helpful to know one or more of the following:
  
*Name
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*The name of your ancestor
*Country of origin  
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*The country of origin where your ancestor immigrated from
*Destination city/country
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*The destination city or country where your ancestor immigrated to
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*The approximate age of your ancestor
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*The names of other family members your ancestor may have been with at the time of immigration
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2110801?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page]:'''<br>Fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination.
  
=== Search the Collection  ===
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As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
  
To search the collection fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:  
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Keep in mind:  
  
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
 
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
 
*Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
 
 
*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.  
 
*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.  
 
*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
 
*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
  
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].  
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For tips about searching on-line collections, see the wiki article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
=== Using the Information  ===
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
  
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example:&nbsp;
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When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.  
  
*Use the name of your ancestor to locate church and land records.&nbsp;
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
*The country/town of last residence can lead you to census records.
 
*The destination city can also lead you to census records.&nbsp;
 
 
 
=== Tips to Keep in Mind  ===
 
  
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*Use the name of your ancestor to locate church and land records
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*The country/town of last residence can lead you to census records
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*The destination city can also lead you to census records
 
*Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit.  
 
*Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit.  
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
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*Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
 
*Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
  
=== Unable to Find Your Ancestor? ===
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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now? ===
  
 
*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.  
 
*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.  
 
*Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals with the same family number.
 
*Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals with the same family number.
  
== Related Websites  ==
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*[http://aad.archives.gov/aad/fielded-search.jsp?dt=2102&tf NARA Fielded Search]
 
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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==Citing this Collection==
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Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image. <br>
  
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'''Collection Citation''':<br>
*[[Germany Emigration and Immigration]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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{{Collection citation | text= "United States, Germans to America Index, 1850-1897." Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, Center for Immigration Research. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.}} <br><br>
 
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
 
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
 
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
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{{Collection citation | text= "United States, Germans to America Index, 1850-1897." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, Center for Immigration Research. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.}}
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
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Collection years 1850-1897
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of data files relating to the immigration of Germans to the United States for arrivals 1850-1897. Created by the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, Center for Immigration Research.

Collection Content

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Information found in this collection may include:

  • Name of immigrant
  • Date of immigration
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Country of origin
  • Port of departure
  • Name of ship
  • Port of entry
  • Literate?

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know one or more of the following:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The country of origin where your ancestor immigrated from
  • The destination city or country where your ancestor immigrated to
  • The approximate age of your ancestor
  • The names of other family members your ancestor may have been with at the time of immigration


Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination.

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

Keep in mind:

  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

For tips about searching on-line collections, see the wiki article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the name of your ancestor to locate church and land records
  • The country/town of last residence can lead you to census records
  • The destination city can also lead you to census records
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination.
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals with the same family number.
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Don't overlook FHL Place United States items or FHL Keyword United States items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see United States Archives and Libraries.


Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"United States, Germans to America Index, 1850-1897." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, Center for Immigration Research. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for United States, Germans to America Index, 1850-1897.


How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.