United States, Germans to America Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Immigration
Collection years 1850-1897
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What is in This Collection?

The collection consists of data files relating to the immigration of Germans to the United States for arrivals 1850-1897. Created by the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, Center for Immigration Research.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Germans to America

  • Name of immigrant
  • Date of immigration
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Country of origin
  • Port of departure
  • Name of ship
  • Port of entry
  • Literate

Collection Content

Sample of indexed information:

John Smith United States Germans to America Index
Name John Smith
Event Type Immigration
Event Date 21 Apr 1884
Event Place Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Gender Male
Age 24
Birthplace Germany
Occupation Laborer
Ship Name Hohenstaufen
Birth Year (Estimated) 1860
Departure Port Bremen
Destination Place Usa
Transit or Travel Compartment Staying in the USA [Transit]; Steerage [Travel]

How Do I Search This Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The country of origin from where your ancestor immigrated
  • The destination city or country to where your ancestor immigrated
  • The approximate age of your ancestor
  • The names of other family members your ancestor may have been with at the time of immigration

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the name of your ancestor to locate church and land records
  • The country/town of last residence can lead you to census records
  • The destination city can also lead you to census records
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals with the same family number

Record Finder

Consult the United States Record Finder to search other records.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"United States Germans to America Index, 1850-1897." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing NARA NAID 566634. National Archives at College Park, Maryland.
Record Citation:
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