Online German Emigration Records, Lists and Indexes

Note: "Emigration" means "to leave." These are records (or indexes to the records) of people who left Germany for somewhere else (usually North America). Emigration lists can be helpful for determining place of birth or residence, and the year or date someone left Germany. Names of spouses and children are often included.


Württemberg Emigration Index a separate webpage has been set up to explain the various ways of searching this index, both online and off

Baden Emigration Index a separate webpage has been set up to explain the various ways of searching this index, both online and off

Auswanderung aus Südwestdeutschland - Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg You can search a database for Baden, Württemberg or Hohenzollern emigration here for free. When you get there click on "English" for an English language version.

Emigrants from Kreis Heidenheim (about 50 km north of Ulm in today's Baden-Württemberg)... Emigrants from Külsheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany to America & Elsewhere

Emigrants from Kuppenheim, Rastatt, Baden

Emigrants from Weisweil, Baden


Bremen Emigration Records, December 1833 to August 1836 mostly for emigrants from Mittelfranken, Bavaria; part of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society's Databases


Brandenburg, Prussia Emigration Records Index at Ancestry (free to search with registration)
These records are also available on microfiche from the Family History Library under the title: Brandenburgishes Landeshauptarchiv Potsdam, Auswanerungskartei. FHL microfiche #6109219 (22 total Fiches).

Hesse (Hessen)

Gross-Umstadt [Groß-Umstadt] Emigrants


IMAR Mecklenburg Emigrant Database - Surnames
About 20,000 names (of 170,000) have been entered so far into this database, which is searchable online by surname only. A donation is requested to obtain the full listing by mail.

Names of Mecklenburg-Schwerin Emigrants 1844-1915
Lists about 2,800 emigrants from the district of Schwerin only.

Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)

Niedersachsen Staatsarchive Auswanderer Search for emigrants from Hannover, Osnabrück & Wolfenbüttel 1825-1870

Emigrants from the former Amt Damme, Oldenburg (now Niedersachsen), Germany, mainly to the United States, 1830-1849

Landkreis Cuxhaven Emigrants 1830-1930

Emigrant List from the former Duchy of Braunschweig 1846-1871 except the City of Braunschweig & the County of Holzminden, by Fritz Gruhne (surnames from the book)

Emigrants from the former Amt Damme, Oldenburg

Emigrants from Elmsland, Niedersachsen to the American Mid-West (19th Century) mostly to Illinios & Missouri

Schaumburger Auswanderer 1820-1914

Regional Emigration Databases includes Emigration from the Former County of Delmenhorst 1830-1930, County of Cuxhaven 1830-1930, Counties of Cloppenburg and Vechta 1830-about 1875, and Bad Laer 19th Century


Hegensdorfer Auswanderer 1824-1893 [on this website]
List of emigrants from the village of Hegensdorf in Nordrhein-Westfalen. Also includes the nearby village of Keddinghausen.

Großeneder Auswanderer List of 19th century emigrants from the village of Grosseneder in Nordrhein-Westfalen. (The German Roots webmaster has ancestors from this village.)

Heimliche Auswanderung [Secret Emigration] aus 15 Orten (709 Personen)
A list of 709 people who emigrated from the Eastern part of Westfalen (today Nordrhein-Westfalen). These emigrants are from the following towns: Auenhausen, Borgentreich, Borgholz, Buehne, Dalhausen, Drankhausen, Manrode, Muddenhagen, Natingen, Natzungen, Ossendorf, Rothe, Sandebeck, Scherfede. Index to Emigrant Volumes By Dr. Heinz Marxkors: Series A and B includes...
  • Emigrants from the Former Counties of Büren and Paderborn in St. Libory, St. Clair County, Illinois
  • Auswanderer aus dem Ehemaligen Kirchspiel [Parish], im Ehemaligen Kreis [County], in der Ehemaligen Provinz Westfalen
List of 19th Century Emigrants from Alstätte (Alstaette), Westphalia to Cincinnati and Ohio
This village is now part of Ahaus.

Lippe Emigration Database - Emigration from Lippe to the USA

Stemwede Emigrant Database for the present-day district of Stemwede which includes the former districts of Dielingen-Wehdem and Levern. (Villages of the former district of Dielingen: Drohne, Dielingen, Haldem and Arrenkamp; Villages of the former district of Wehdem: Westrup, Wehdem, Oppendorf and Oppenwehe; Villages of the former district of Levern: Destel, Levern, Sundern, Twiehausen, Hollwede and Niedermehnen.)

Rheinland-Pfalz, Palatinate

Auswandererdatei des Stadtarchivs Koblenz PDF list of 1,749 emigrants from the city of Koblenz

Emigration Irscher Bürger nach Nord Amerika (1856-1882)


Emigration out of Schleswig-Holstein, 19th Century a database with approximately 70,000 names

Dithmarschen Emigrants (1868-1920)
A listing of about 3600 people who emigrated from Dithmarschen, Schleswig-Holstein.

Emigrants from Schleswig-Holstein to New Amsterdam (now New York) in 1636-1667

Thüringen (Thuringia)

Some 19th Century Emigrants from Sachsen-Coburg, Sachsen-Kronach and Sachsen-Meiningen (Coburg and Kronach are now in Bavaria)

General and Miscellaneous Databases

The Hamburg Passenger Departure Records [on this website]
Information about the Hamburg, Germany passenger departure records -- how to research them online and off.

Bremen Passenger Lists 1920-1939
While most of the Bremen passenger departure records were destroyed, about 3000 of them from 1920-1939 (still incomplete) have survived and are stored at the Bremen Chamber of Commerce. A Bremen based genealogical society called Die Maus has transcribed these lists and put them online here.

Emigration from Banat
This database is taken from US Customs & Immigration passenger ship records prior to World War I. The mostly German settled Banat area was once part of the Austrian Empire and is now divided among Romania, Yugoslavia and Hungary.

The Old Lutheran Emigration at the Middle of the 19th Century by Wilhelm Iwan scanned book

Finding Emigration Lists Offline

The Family History Library has microfilmed some German emigration lists and these microfilms can be ordered for viewing for a fee at some Family History Centers. To find these records, do a place search for the area you are interested in and then look for the "emigration & immigration" topic. Start with the smallest place (name of town or village) and then work your way back to the kreis (county), state or region. Many of these emigration lists will have a variation of the German word "Auswanderer" in their title. You can use the link below to start your search.