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Germany, Bremen Passenger Departure Lists, 1904-1914
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|Flag of the German Empire, 1871-1917|
|Location of Bremen, Germany|
|Map of the German Empire, 1871-1917|
|Bremen is located in Germany.|
|Record Type||Passenger Departure Lists|
|Title in the Language:||Deutschland, Bremen, Namenskartei aus den Bremen Schiffslisten|
What is in this Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection includes records from 1904 to 1914 of handwritten cards, covering the information of approximately 8,800 passengers. The cards appear to have been in good condition when they were microfilmed in 1988. This card file was created by the Deutsches Ausland-Institut from Bremen passenger ship lists sometime between WWI and WWII. When the allies occupied Germany at the end of WWII, the Institute was closed and later re-opened as the Institut für Austlandsbeziehungen. These records, created by the Deutsches Ausland-Institut, were subsequently transferred to the Bundesarchiv. The index was created to facilitate access to the information in the Bremen passenger lists. It was created by the Deutsches Ausland-Institut, who was interested in documenting German groups outside of Germany. The information is reliable; however, as this index has been derived from the actual passenger lists, errors may have occurred during the indexing process.
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Look at each image or record comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images or records and compare the information about the individuals listed to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind there may be more than one person in the records with the same name and you will want to look carefully at dates, places and relations to identify your ancestor from another person. You also may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name if they were known by a nickname or changed their name from the original birth record name. Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life and may be listed in records with any of those variations. Use the last residence given in the card index to pursue earlier records for the individual: birth records in any case, marriage records for those that had been married. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination.
I Found Who I was Looking for, Now What?[edit | edit source]
- Use the age in the citizen to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records.
- Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have moved, been recruited or lived nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify. Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This compiled list can help you identify possible relations that can be further verified by researching vital records in the country.
- When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.
- Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, Now What?[edit | edit source]
- Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the time period, either German Civil Registration records or German Church records may be more useful.
- While searching, it is helpful to know such information as the ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as an ancestor and that the ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
- Keep in mind that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation.
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
- Search the indexes and records of local genealogical societies.
Citations for This Collection[edit | edit source]
Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
- "Germany, Bremen Passenger Departure Lists, 1904-1914." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Deutsches Ausland-Institut. Bundesarchiv, Koblenz [Federal Archives, Koblenz].
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