Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Hamburg Passenger Lists (1850 to 1934)

www.Ancestry.com has added the Hamburg Passenger Lists (1850 to 1934, excepting 1915 to 1919) to their long list of Immigration databases in the US Deluxe subscription. It is an excellent addition.

At present, however, the database contains only an index for the records between 1890 and 1913. The other years will be added in the future, so you'll have to check back if your people emigrated in other years.

Alternatively, you could search for your targets who travelled in other years by browsing the images year-by-year (the years are listed at the bottom of the search page).

The information in the index is very comprehensive. I put in my "Seaver" surname and only one was returned, but it gave me this information from the index:

Name: Frances Seaver
Departure Date: 30 Apr 1904
Estimated birth year: abt 1869
Age Year: 35
Gender: weiblich (Female)
Marital Status: verheiratet (Married)
Family: Household members
Residence: Batavia
Ethnicity/Nationality: USA (American)

Ship Name: Patricia
Shipping Line: Hamburg-Amerika Linie (Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft)
Ship Type: Dampfschiff
Emigration: Reise
Accommodation: Erste Kaj├╝te
Ship Flag: Deutschland
Port of Departure: Hamburg
Port of Arrival: Boulogne; Plymouth; New York

Volume: 373-7 I, VIII A 1 Band 154
Page: 763
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That is a lot of useful information. I'm sure that this database, when it is fully indexed, will be very useful to researchers with German ancestry. As with the www.AncestorsonBoard.com web site, the lists are not limited to foreign-born passengers - they include American-born passengers returning to America.

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