Germans to America

Lists of German Passengers Arriving at U.S. Ports

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National Archives and Records Administration

Are you researching German immigrants to America during the 19th century? "Germans to America," compiled and edited by Ira A. Glazier and P. William Filby, is a series of books which indexes passenger arrival records of ships carrying Germans to the U.S. ports of Baltimore, Boston, New Orleans, New York, and Philadelphia. It presently covers the records of over 4 million passengers during the period January 1850 through Jun 1897.

Due to its inclusion criteria, this series is considered to be an incomplete—though fairly thorough—index to German passengers arriving in America during this period. The quality of the transcription varies, but the series is still an excellent research tool for tracking down German immigrant ancestors.

If a listing is found in "Germans to America," then the original passenger lists should be consulted, as they may contain further details. 

Where to Find "Germans to America"

The individual books in the "Germans to America" series are fairly pricey, so the best research option is to either find a library with the series (most major genealogical libraries will have it), or locate a database version.

The database version created by the Center for Immigration Studies at the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies (the same group that created the published versions) was originally published on CD and is now available for free online from the National Archives and FamilySearch.

It is unclear exactly how the data compiled in the Germans to America, 1850–1897 database relates directly to the published volumes. NARA staff has found that there are ship manifests included in the database that are not included in the respective published volumes, and that there is also a difference in the covered time periods.

 

The "Germans to America" Series

The first 9 volumes of the "Germans to America" series indexed only passenger lists of ships that contained at least 80% German passengers. Thus, a number of Germans who came over on ships from 1850–1855 are not included. Beginning with Volume 10, all ships with German passengers were included, regardless of the percentage. However, only those identifying themselves as "German" are listed; all other passenger names were not transcribed.

Volumes 1–59 of "Germans to America" (through 1890) include arrivals to the major U.S. ports of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston and New Orleans. Beginning in 1891, "Germans to America" only includes arrivals to the port of New York. Some Baltimore arrivals are known to be missing from "Germans to America"—see Why Some Baltimore Passenger Lists are Missing and How to Find Them by Joe Beine for more information.

Vol.  1    Jan 1850 - May 1851Vol. 35    Jan 1880 - Jun 1880
Vol.  2    May 1851 - Jun 1852Vol. 36    Jul 1880 - Nov 1880
Vol.  3    Jun 1852 - Sep 1852Vol. 37    Dec 1880 - Apr 1881
Vol.  4    Sep 1852 - May 1853Vol. 38    Apr 1881 - May 1881
Vol.  5    May 1853 - Oct 1853Vol. 39    Jun 1881 - Aug 1881
Vol.  6    Oct 1853 - May 1854Vol. 40    Aug 1881 - Oct 1881
Vol.  7    May 1854 - Aug 1854Vol. 41    Nov 1881 - Mar 1882
Vol.  8    Aug 1854 - Dec 1854Vol. 42    Mar 1882 - May 1882
Vol.  9    Dec 1854 - Dec 1855Vol. 43    May 1882 - Aug 1882
Vol. 10   Jan 1856 - Apr 1857Vol. 44    Aug 1882 - Nov 1882
Vol. 11   Apr 1857 - Nov 1857Vol. 45    Nov 1882 - Apr 1883
Vol. 12   Nov 1857 - Jul 1859Vol. 46    Apr 1883 - Jun 1883
Vol. 13   Aug 1859 - Dec 1860Vol. 47    Jul 1883 - Oct 1883
Vol. 14   Jan 1861 - May 1863Vol. 48    Nov 1883 - Apr 1884
Vol. 15   Jun 1863 - Oct 1864Vol. 49    Apr 1884 - Jun 1884
Vol. 16   Nov 1864 - Nov 1865Vol. 50    Jul 1884 - Nov 1884
Vol. 17   Nov 1865 - Jun 1866Vol. 51    Dec 1884 - Jun 1885
Vol. 18   Jun 1866 - Dec 1866Vol. 52    Jul 1885 - Apr 1886
Vol. 19   Jan 1867 - Aug 1867Vol. 53    May 1886 - Jan 1887
Vol. 20   Aug 1867 - May 1868Vol. 54    Jan 1887 - Jun 1887
Vol. 21  May 1868 - Sep 1868Vol. 55    Jul 1887 - Apr 1888
Vol. 22    Oct 1868 - May 1869Vol. 56    May 1888 - Nov 1888
Vol. 23    Jun 1869 - Dec 1869Vol. 57    Dec 1888 - Jun 1889
Vol. 24    Jan 1870 - Dec 1870Vol. 58    Jul 1889 - Apr 1890
Vol. 25    Jan 1871 - Sep 1871Vol. 59    May 1890 - Nov 1890
Vol. 26    Oct 1871 - Apr 1872Vol. 60    Dec 1890 - May 1891
Vol. 27    May 1872 - Jul 1872Vol. 61    Jun 1891 - Oct 1891
Vol. 28    Aug 1872 - Dec 1872Vol. 62    Nov 1891 - May 1892
Vol. 29    Jan 1873 - May 1873Vol. 63    Jun 1892 - Dec 1892
Vol. 30    Jun 1873 - Nov 1873Vol. 64    Jan 1893 - Jul 1893
Vol. 31    Dec 1873 - Dec 1874Vol. 65    Aug 1893 - Jun 1894
Vol. 32    Jan 1875 - Sep 1876Vol. 66    Jul 1894 - Oct 1895
Vol. 33    Oct 1876 - Sep 1878Vol. 67    Nov 1895 - Jun 1897
Vol. 34    Oct 1878 - Dec 1879 
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Your Citation
Powell, Kimberly. "Germans to America." ThoughtCo, Mar. 3, 2017, thoughtco.com/germans-to-america-1421984. Powell, Kimberly. (2017, March 3). Germans to America. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/germans-to-america-1421984 Powell, Kimberly. "Germans to America." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/germans-to-america-1421984 (accessed October 24, 2017).