Getting to German sites

As German-speaking peoples have migrated to several places within Europe, as well as to the United States, you could very well encounter an ancestor of German descent. GermanRoots ( contains a variety of information to help you get started in researching your German roots. It contains a directory of Web sites, a basic research guide, and links to articles on record sets useful in completing your research.

To get a bird's-eye view of available German genealogical sites, a good place to start is ( The site includes homepages for German genealogical societies, general information on research, gazetteer, a ships database, a passenger database, and a list of links to Web sites. ( is a German-language genealogically focused search engine and index to genealogy Web sites.

The German Emigrants Database (www.deutsche-auswanderer-daten maintained by the Historisches Museum Bremerhaven contains information on emigrants who left Europe for the United States from German ports between 1820 and 1939. At the time this book was written, the database contained more than 4.4 million emigrants. The site allows users to search an index of individuals and order records for a fee based upon the results. For more information on emigrants from the port of Hamburg, see Ballinstadt Hamburg (, a site that describes the emigrant experience at the Hamburg port.

The Generations Network recently launched a new subscription site for German genealogy at provides access to the Hamburg Passenger lists (1850-1934), Mecklenburg-Schwerin censuses (1819, 1867, 1890, and 1900), Bremen sailor registers (1837-1873), and Bremen ship lists (1821-1873).

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