The Hamburg Passenger Departure Lists 1850-1934

A large number of German emigrants left from the German ports of Bremen and Hamburg (as well as other European ports). Most of the Bremen passenger departure records were destroyed. But the Hamburg lists survive. They are available online at Ancestry, and on microfilm from the Family History Library, which means they can be ordered from many local Family History Centers (although there may be restrictions on ordering these records in Europe). Here you will find links to online Hamburg indexes and digitized images, and sites with offline research tips. At the bottom of the page is a brief guide to help you read the German language passenger lists after you find them.

Hamburg passenger lists are available from 1850-1934. However, the lists from January-June 1853 are missing. There are also no lists for the World War One years (1915-1919).
  • Hamburg Passenger Lists Research Outline
    This is the online version of the LDS (Mormon) Church's research outline for the Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850-1934. It explains how to use the indexes and the lists themselves. Very useful.
  • Hamburg Passenger Departure Lists 1850-1934 Microfilm Information
    This webpage lists the Hamburg microfilm roll numbers for the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. You can order these rolls for viewing at many local LDS Family History Centers for a fee. Note that Ancestry has digitized these records and put them online -- see the first link above.
Help Reading a Hamburg Passenger Record
Each page of a Hamburg passenger list contains 12 columns. The headings are in German. Here is what they mean in English...
  1. Surname (Zuname)
  2. Given Name (Vornamen)
  3. Male/Female (Geschlecht: männlich/weiblich)
  4. Age (Alter)
  5. Previous Residence (Bisheriger Wohnort)
  6. State or Province (Im Staate resp. in der Provinz)
  7. Occupation (Bisheriger Stand oder Beruf)
  8. Destination (Ziel der Auswanderung)
  9. Number of Persons
  10. Adults & Children Over 10 years
  11. Children Under 10 years
  12. Under 1 year
Note: This format may vary slightly.

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