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German: Emigration Records
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For North Americans, the most important genealogical record for their German ancestor is often that record which identifies the town where the immigrant ancestor(s) lived before coming to the new world. Since virtually all research in German-speaking countries is local by nature, the name of that ancestral home is crucial to further research into the family''s earlier generation.

Most of the time, that home town is identified in records of the country where the immigrants settled. However, sometimes such records don''t exist, or they do not name the specific ancestral home. At that point, emigration records are usually the best source for learning this important information. Emigration is the process of leaving one country and settling in another. Whether that process is a long-planned and carefully thought through series of events, or a relatively spontaneous decision to join other friends and family members leaving for other countries, it was, for virtually all German emigrants, a choice they made. That choice, made for whatever reasons, lead to the creation of important records which document no only the ancestral home, but also the life of the emigrant(s), and often some family members.

The German researcher needs to know about the variety of such records, and the sometimes complicated process ancestors were supposed to follow in making such historic changes in their lives. Two major types of records, and several lesser ones, may exist to provide documentation of these literal watershed events in our ancestry. Passenger lists, and permissions to emigrate are excellent sources, when they exist, for documenting the emigrant, and his or her voyage. However, they do not always exist, while locating and using them can prove quite challenging.

Course Content

Module 1

Nature & Type of Emigration Records
• Importance of the Place of Origin
• Passenger Lists
• Church Register Notations
• Other Sources
• Local Histories
• Ortssippenbucher
• Military Records
• Civil (Police) Registration
• Hotel Registrations
• Private Commercial Databases
• Published Sources
• Limits of Such Records

Module 2
Hamburg Passenger Lists
• Accessing the Lists
• Understanding the Lists
• Indexes to the Lists
• Online Access to the Lists

Module 3
Other Ports Of German Departure And Their Lists
• Bremen, Germany
• Scandinavian Ports
• Denmark
• Sweden
• Norway
• Dutch & French Ports
• Amsterdam
• Rotterdam
• Antwerp
• Other Ports
• Stettin
• Emden and Harburg
• Great Britain
• Published Departure Lists
• 18th Century Emigration
• Bremen
• Hamburg
• Antwerp
• Emden
• Harburg

Module 4
Permissions To Emigrate
• The Process
• Permit to Emigrate
• Emigrant lists
• Permission to Emigrate
• Known Collections of German Emigration Permissions
• Baden
• Bavariav
• Hannover
• Hesse-Darmstadt
• Mecklenburg
• Rhineland
• Print Publications
• France
• Germany: 18th Century
• Germany: 19th Century
• Switzerland

Module 5
Online Emigration Records
• Passenger Lists
• Bremen Passenger Lists 1920-1939
• Hamburg Passenger Lists
• Baden
• Baden-Wuerttemberg
• Brandenburg
• Brunswick
• Mecklenburg
• Schleswig-Holstein
• Wuerttemberg
Other Databases

Module 6
Other Emigration Sources
• The Emigration Process
• Letters of Manumission
• Sale of Property
• Letters of Recommendation
• Shipping Company Records
• Clandestine (Illegeal/Undocumented) Emigration
• Post-emigrant Lists
• Police Registrations
• Church Registers
• Genealogical Accounts
• Military Records
• Private Researcher's Collections
• Published Literature

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