Ancestry Press Release: Ancestry Adds German Census and Port Records

Rhineland-Palatinate, GermanyAncestry has released new data for those seeking their German roots. Click here to browse all of the German content (available to Ancestry World Deluxe and members).



New Collection Opens the Door for Largest Ethnic Group in the U.S. to Discover Their Family Stories Online; Fifteen Percent of Americans Claim German Descent

PROVO, UTAH – January 9, 2007 –, the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced the addition of more than six million names from German port and census records to its historical records collection, making the central online source for German family history. The German records launched simultaneously on,’s first foreign-language, international sister-site.

With more than 42 million Americans claiming German heritage, the launch of German historical records and creates an unprecedented networking opportunity for Germans and German-Americans to collaborate, upload and share family trees, photos, stories and other historical content from their personal accounts on both and 

“The addition of new German content to along with the launch of is a major leap forward for families, but only the beginning of our long-term strategy to acquire international content and facilitate family collaboration worldwide,” said Tim Sullivan, President and CEO of The Generations Network, parent company of “We are excited to offer this collection to German-Americans everywhere to allow them to trace their roots across continents at the simple click of a mouse. I’ve already found my German great-grandmother in our Hamburg Passenger List collection.”

The German historical records collection features records such as passenger lists, census and vital records, sailors’ registry, ships crew lists, and family and local histories. The Hamburg passenger lists, which are the highlight of the new collection, includes records of more than five million people who sailed from the German port of Hamburg between 1850 and 1934. These records tell the story of each passenger’s voyage through such details as names, birth dates and places, date of departure, port of arrival, ship type and name, even accommodations on board the ship.

According to, the roots of five favorite American brewing companies – Anheuser-Busch, Miller, Coors, Best and Yuengling – can be traced back to seven German immigrants. Thirteen-year-old Adolph Coors Jr., son of the Coors Brewing founder, and Frederick Pabst of Pabst Brewery, whose occupation is recorded as “Bierbrauer,” German for beer brewer, are listed in the Hamburg passenger list collection, both returning to America from trips to Germany.

Celebrities such as Donald Trump, David Letterman, George Lucas and Babe Ruth can also trace their ancestry to Germany. is The Generations Network’s fourth international site. Other international sites include in the United Kingdom, which features the only complete online collection of England and Wales census records, in Canada and in Australia.

With more than 5 billion names and 23,000 searchable databases and titles, is the No. 1 online source for family history information. Since its launch almost a decade ago, has been the premier resource for family history, simplifying genealogical research for millions of people by providing them with many easy-to-use tools and resources to build their own unique family trees. is part of The Generations Network, a leading network of sites whose mission is to connect families across distance and time.  The Generations Network receives more than 9 million unique visitors worldwide and 450 million page views each month (© comScore Media Metrix, September 2006).

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6 thoughts on “Ancestry Press Release: Ancestry Adds German Census and Port Records

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  3. 1. What is/was Germany?

    In 1850, Germany had very different boundaries from the modern state. What is included as ‘Germany’? Does it include the states that made the 1870 Germany, or the 1914 Germany? Or does it vary according to the date of the records?


    I am a member of My wife’s family has possible roots in Poland mid 19th Century, maybe transitting/living in modern Denmark en route. If parts of modern Poland and Denmark are in the records then we might be interested in seeing the new data. From the information given, we don’t know.

    Dick Eburne

  4. Keep up the good work of increasing database. I have been waiting for a way to break into genealogy research in in Germany. I have 1 Irish ancestor, 1 Swiss/German, and 4 known German lines from Hanover, Hesse-Dardstadt, and Bavaria–Covering most of Germany and no know villages!

  5. Finally found my German grandmother, her parents, siblings, gr grandmother in the recently published Hamburg passenger list. I had been hunting for almost 10 years. I was surprised their last name was spelled correctly because in the U.S. Censuses it was spelled differently every time.

  6. I am VERY interested in this new German publication but, as a retired person on limited income, I hesitate to spend the money to subscribe to the Worldwide version without knowing just what areas of Germany will be included. Also, does this census include the period from 1800 to 1880? I have people in Hesse Kasel area and in a small town in eastern Germany that is now a part of Poland.

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