Links for documenting emigration

General emigration to America

Routes to the Roots
Routes to the Roots (RsRs), educational trips, excursions, “Incoming USA”, researches, passenger lists, regional database projects, exhibitions, project development.

Research unit “Deutsche Auswanderer in Amerika” (i.e. “German Migrants in America”) at the University of Oldenburg, documentations and publications about emigration history, researches regarding passenger lists at the university library (copies of original microfilms provided by the National Archives in Washington, D.C.: passenger arrivals in the USA between about 1820-1900).

Regional multimedia emigration databases (Projects by Routes to the Roots)

Emigration from the district of Cuxhaven, about 6,700 records are available online.

Municipal museum of Delmenhorst; emigrations from the old department of Delmenhorst, about 1,000 records; online research is possible since 1st March, 2001.

Museum Cloppenburg, Lower Saxony; emigration form the districts Vechta and Cloppenburg, about 6,500 records, online researches are temporarily not available, a user terminal is accessible inside the main entrance of the museum (installation in progress).

Emigrants from the village Flögeln in the district Cuxhaven, database Klaus Pülsch, home association Kranichring.

Emigration databases

Link to your Roots
National Archives Hamburg, Hamburg-based passenger lists, passenger departures from Hamburg, work in progress, first of all, the years 1890 to 1914 will be processed, online research is possible for the years 1890 to 1893. 

Historic Emigration Office, Hamburg / Elisabeth Sroka; researches on entrees in Hamburg-based passenger lists, all years available.

DAD, “German Emigration Database Bremerhaven”
Historical Museum and Museum Morgenstern Bremerhaven; passenger arrivals in the USA from any German and/or international harbour ca. 1800 to 1891 (data provided by Galizer/Filby: Germans to America), work in progress, individual data input for the years 1904 and following.

National Archives Lower Saxony
A click on “Auswandererquellen” (i.e. “origins of emigrants”) leads you to emigration databases of the regions Braunschweig/Wolfenbüttel, Hanover and Osnabrück; online research is possible, however, references only refer to the numbers for ordering the files in which for example the emigrant’s name occurs, detailed information is not possible online.

“Die Maus” (i.e. “The Mouse”)
A selection of the few extant passenger lists from Bremen (departures from 1920 to 1939) provided by the archive of the Chamber of Commerce.

International organisations and associations

Association of European Migration Institutions, European museums, archives and associations for emigration research and documentation.

Society for German American Studies, an umbrella organisation of American Culture and Science institutions, heritage associations and individuals.

German Corner
Information platform for numerous German-American institutions and information.

Regional institutions and initiatives

“Heimatverein Debstedt” (i.e.”Home Association Debstedt”)
Home association Debstedt. The association entertains, among other things, the “John A. Wagener Haus” with an exhibition about the life of the later Debstedt-born Confederate General.

Villa Gehben
Upon his return from America, Ernst Gehben had a representative house built and equipped according to “Jugendstil” (“art nouveau”) for example with glassware from Tiffany’s.

“Grussbrücke der Cuxhavener Nachrichten” (i.e. “‘Bridge of Greetings’ by the Cuxhavener Nachrichten”, a newspaper)
“‘Bridge of Greetings’ by the Cuxhavener Nachrichten”. The Cuxhavener Nachrichten publishes greetings from former citizens of Cuxhaven living abroad every year at Christmas time. Most of the letters come from America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Africa.

Collections for genealogical information

“Deutscher Genealogieserver” (i.e. “German Server for Genealogy”)
Information platform for records, addresses, organisations and services for genealogical research on the internet.