Ancestry Adds Hamburg Emigration Lists, 1850-1934

Hamburg American Packet Co's Piers, Hoboken, New Jersey and the ship Ancestry has added the Hamburg Emigration Lists, 1850-1934 to its Immigration Collection. This database contains images of passenger lists of ships departing from the port of Hamburg, Germany from 1850-1934 (except for 1915-1919 during WWI). These records were created by the Staatsarchiv Hamburg and have been digitized from microfilm in partnership with them. The years 1890-1913 are searchable, with the names found in the index linked to actual images of the passenger lists, Unindexed images from 1850-1890 can be browsed by year.

The Hamburg passenger lists are a great source for researchers with ancestors from central and eastern Europe as approximately one-third of the people from these areas who emigrated did so through Hamburg. If you do not know the place of origin of your ancestor, the Hamburg, Germany Passenger Lists is a great place to begin looking for that information.

There are two groups of passenger lists in this database – Direct Passenger Lists and Indirect Passenger Lists. Direct Passenger Lists include the ships that left from Hamburg and went directly to their final destination. Indirect Passenger Lists include the ships that left from Hamburg and stopped at other ports on the way to their final destination.

Information contained in this database includes:

  • Name of passenger
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Birth date (or estimated birth year if birth date is not available)
  • Birthplace
  • Occupation
  • Residence
  • Nationality
  • Marital status
  • Relationship to head of family
  • Religion
  • Military Service
  • Final place of destination
  • Port of departure
  • Date of departure
  • Port of arrival
  • Shipping Line
  • Ship Type
  • Accommodation
  • Ship Name
  • Which flag sailed under
  • Source information (page, line, microfilm roll, and series numbers)

Note: Not all of this information may be available for each individual as not all of the passenger list forms included all of these fields. Many of these items may be used to search the index in the search template above. If you do not wish to search the index using the search template, the images may also be browsed by selecting the appropriate time frame.

The image above is from the Ancestry database of Passenger Ships and Lists. Click on the image to enlarge it.

8 thoughts on “Ancestry Adds Hamburg Emigration Lists, 1850-1934

  1. I have been EAGERLY waiting for these records to be put online, but have already spent many frustrating hours trying to find my ancestors. I have identified them on the New York end, but it’s not so easy to find them in Hamburg w/o an index.

    One family arrived in 1872, so I used as a starting place. It told me that their ship left Hamburg on 25 May and I knew that they arrived in New York on 8 June. That has given me a little help for looking for an approximate time period.

    That was only 14 days from Hamburg to New York through England. Since the steamships started out of Hamburg in about 1870, that really speeded things along.

    At least I have some more researching to do now. It’s still a lot easier than when I was sitting at microfilm readers for hours on end.

    Thank you, Ancestry!

  2. Is anybody else having trouble accessing the database for the years prior to those indexed? HOW do I get to 1853 or 1872 or 1878 to do a search? When I use the search template at Ancestry and input the year I want to search or the ship, I get “NO RESULTS”.

    It appears that for the time being I am still going to have to pull films out of Salt Lake City, until somebody can tell me how to access the database by month/year only at Ancestry…..


  3. I totally agree with Laurice! I have been looking for data for the years 1868 to 1872, with “No Results”.
    It would be a big help if we could input the year!

  4. Here are a couple more hints of how to find people more easily.

    First of all, remember that there are Direct and Indirect Lists. Here’s a description of what that means (from a posting on a Mecklenburg list):

    DIRECT: the emigrant boarded a vessel in Hamburg and sailed on this vessel to the final destination, e.g. New York. There may have been stops along the way in ports such as Cuxhaven, Cherbourgh, Le Havre, Southampton in order to stock up on food or because other passengers were getting onboard.

    INDIRECT: the emigrant boarded a usually smaller vessel in Hamburg with destination to another European port. In Hamburg this usually was Grimsby or Hull in England. Upon arrival, the emigrants disembarked, went by train to either Liverpool or Glasgow. Here they boarded another vessel to cross the
    Atlantic. This was obviously a lot more inconvenient as they had to schlep all their belongings across the UK, however, it was also considerably cheaper. Many indirect emigrants got stuck in England and never made it all the way to the US.

    On the New York arrival list my one ancestor was listed as having stopped in Southampton, so I thought I needed to look at the Indirect lists. No, they were on the Direct list, though they stopped in Southampton. So, my advice is to start with the Direct lists and only go to the Indirect lists as a last resort, because you’ll end up looking through a lot of images.

    In addition, here’s another thing I’ve tried in order to orient myself and find people faster. Since they don’t list the date when they left Hamburg on the New York manifests, it’s a little tricky to know exactly when to start looking on the Hamburg lists.

    The steamships started from Hamburg in about 1870, which cut the time considerably–to about 14 days

    Before that the average crossing was said to be 25-30 days according to one website I found.

    So I go to the New York database index. In another view I have the Hamburg database, with a roll opened to a page of a year I’m interested in. I find a person on that page whose name seems quite clear, input it in the NY index along with the ship name and the year and…..I usually get the time they arrived in New York. That way I have a date at each end which helps me find other ships I need to find in the thousands of images provided.

    What a week this has been! I have found almost everyone I’ve been looking for. Thanks you again, Ancestry!

  5. Hello.
    I am trying to locate my Danish family and believe that the family emigrated from Hamburg on the 29 July 1872 on board the Palmerston.
    The names are:

    Peter Jensen aged 28
    Karen Jensen aged 30
    Stine Jensen aged 7
    Maren Jensen aged 4
    Rasmus Christen Jensen aged 1.
    I also believe that Rasmus died on board – how can I find confirmation of this.
    Was there a ships log I can explore? The Captain was KOLN, I think.
    Can you help me to find them and the material?
    Thank you so much.
    I appreciate any assistance you can give me.
    Kind regards
    Kathy van Bokhoven-Jensen
    New Zealand

  6. bueno e estado nirando estas listas porque mi bisabuelo de apellidoy nombre arturo bandes salio de europa pero quisiera averiguar de donde procedia solo me lleva a bandes de esta lista un saludo

  7. I am seeking help in Cuxhaven or Hamburg area to find family of surname of Fickbohm. I have been researching and have found them at Altenbruch and now would like to find living relatives who would be willing to communicate with me. Could anyone help me?
    Marilyn Fickbohm Lyle

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