Follow the Paths of the Emigrants

Use the opportunity to embark on a personal search for your own ancestors in our family research room. The German Emigration Center grants you cost free access to online data banks, which contain extensive information on people who have emigrated. Our staff is on site and will gladly assist you. You have cost free access to the following data banks.



The USA based company Ancestry works together with the National Archives in Washington: The archives contain the passenger lists of ships arriving at harbors in the USA from all over the world. Here you can also find the Hamburg passenger lists from the years 1877 to 1914. In addition the American census reports, which have been conducted since 1790 every 10 years are also included. A variety of other registers and lists complement the data banks, which are available in German and English.

  • Lists from the USA:
  • • Military register
  • • Birth register
  • • Marriage lists
  • • Register of deaths
  • • Telephone directories
  • German lists:
  • • Selected emigrant registers
  • • Telephone- and Address directories
  • • Bremen recruiting lists and sailor registers

Bremen Passenger Lists 1920 – 1939 (Die MAUS)

In the archives of the Chamber of Commerce in Bremen there still are approx. 3.000 passenger lists from ships from Bremen. This accounts for 70 percent of the passenger lists from ships, which departed from Bremen (Bremerhaven) in 1907/1908, 1913/1914 as well as between 1920 and 1939 to the USA, Canada, South America or Australia. All other passenger lists from Bremen were destroyed. The lists after 1945 are still subject to the data protection law and are preserved in the Bremen State Archives.

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