Emigration from Germany to America

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  • German and American Sources for German Emigration to America (by Michael Palmer)
  • Passenger Lists, Hamburg 1850-1934, ocean ship passenger lists.
  • US Passport applications, 1795-1924, a catalog of microfilms of records held by the National Archives
  • National Archives and Records Administration
  • Extractions of passenger lists for New Orleans (1840-1849) and Baltimore, Boston, and Philadelphia (1820-1830), are available on CD-ROM from Ultimate Family Data Library.
  • Book series: "Germans to America, lists of passengers arriving at U.S. ports". The book series Germans to America is up to volume 60 now. This series indexes passenger arrival lists from US ports, giving names, ages, occupations, and sometimes places of origin for many German immigrants, grouped by families. It also lists the ship, ports, and the date of the passenger ship list. The quality of the transcription varies, and because of its inclusion criteria, it is to be considered an incomplete index to German passengers, but it still can be quite useful. Make sure you consult the original passenger lists also!
    • List of volumes and dates (vol. 1- / 1850-).
    • List of known holding libraries.
    • Addenda for 1850-1855 are being published in The German Connection by the German Research Association:
      • Volume 21, No. 1, 1997 ( 2 Jan 1850 - 12 Jan 1850)
      • Volume 21, No. 2, 1997 (14 Jan 1850 - 25 March 1850)
      • Volume 21, No. 3, 1997 (26 Mar 1850 - 11 May 1850)
      • Volume 21, No. 4, 1997 (15 May 1850)
      • Volume 22, No. 1, 1998 (17 May 1850 - 25 May 1850).
  • A librarian's review by the Deutsches Bibliotheksinstitut is available in German from Informationsmittel für Bibliotheken.
  • Review of Germans to America, vols. 1-9 (1850-1855), by Michael Palmer.
  • Germans to America, 50 Volumes that are not to be trusted, a review by Antonius Holtmann of the Research Center Lower Saxons in the USA, University of Oldenburg, Germany.
  • List of books and articles on emigration from Europe (France, Holland, Germany)

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