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*Use [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Germany_Gathering_Information_to_Locate_Place_of_Origin '''Gathering Information to Locate Place of Origin'''] as a guide in exhausting every possible record to find what you need.
 
*Use [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Germany_Gathering_Information_to_Locate_Place_of_Origin '''Gathering Information to Locate Place of Origin'''] as a guide in exhausting every possible record to find what you need.
 
*Or watch this webinar: [https://familysearch.org/ask/learningViewer/870 '''Online Class: Finding German Places of Origin''']
 
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1068 Hamburg Passenger Lists (Hamburger Passagierlisten)], {$). 1850-1934.Index and images. In German.  
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1068 Hamburg Passenger Lists (Hamburger Passagierlisten)], {$). 1850-1934.Index and images. In German.  
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1166 Hamburg Passenger Lists, Handwritten Indexes (Hamburger Passagierlisten, handschriftliche Indizes)], ($). 1855-1934. Index and images. In German.<br>
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1166 Hamburg Passenger Lists, Handwritten Indexes (Hamburger Passagierlisten, handschriftliche Indizes)], ($). 1855-1934. Index and images. In German.<br>

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Hamburg: parts of Hamburg, parts of Schleswig-Holstein, parts of Hannover

Today's state of Hamburg was created in 1937-38 by uniting parts of the city of Hamburg with parts of Schleswig-Holstein and parts of Hannover. For exact localities included see 1937-1938 Boundary Changes of Hamburg|Regional Gains and Territories Given Away.

How to Find Birth, Marriage, and Death Records in Hamburg

Most of your genealogical research for Hamburg will be in three main record types: civil registration, church records, and, when available, a compiled town genealogy ("'Ortssippenbuch" or "Ortsfamilienbuch" in German). This article will teach you how to use these records on digital databases, as microfilms, or by writing for them.

For German Research, You Must Know Your Ancestors' Town, Village, and Parish in Hamburg

  • To begin using the records of Germany, knowing that your family came from Hamburg might not be enough to use the records of Germany. There are many different parish churches in Hamburg, and many different civil registry offices. Any information you can find in greater detail about their exact origins in Hamburg will help, such as
    • the street address
    • whether they were Evangelical Lutheran or Catholic
    • a parish or village name

Research to Find the Town

To hopefully find more detail, there are well-known strategies for a thorough hunt:

Important Emigration Records for Hamburg

If You Know the Town, Next Use Meyers Gazetteer

Once you know the town name you need, the other facts you need are contained in Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-lexikon des deutschen Reichs, the gazetteer on which the FamilySearch catalog for Germany is based.


Here is part of an entry from MeyersGaz.org. (The whole entry can be studied at Heusenstamm, MeyersGaz.)

The most important facts here are:

  1. Heusenstamm is in Offenbach Kreis (Kr).
  2. It has its own Standesamt (StdA) or civil registration office.
  3. It has its own Catholic parish church.
  4. By clicking on the "Ecclesiastical" option, we learn that the closest protestant church is 2 miles away in Bieber.


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  • If you find several towns of the same name, checking each one for the birth record of your ancestor may be needed to narrow down the field.

Boundary Change Maps

In 1937-38, several municipalities from neighboring Schleswig-Holstein and Hannover were annexed to Hamburg. These boundary changes will have an impact on where you will find records. These maps show the original areas of Hamburg during the time of the German Empire and the annexed areas which are part of Hamburg today.

Alt-Hamburg, the city center. All of these areas were in the city-state of Hamburg during the time of the German Empire. This is a blowup of the central part of the following map.

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The green areas from Kreise 3 and 7 came from Hannover

  • Kreis 8: The municipalities of Gut Moor, Kirchwerder, Langenbeck, Marmstorf, Neuland, Rönneburg, Sinstorf came from Hannover
  • Kreis 8: Moorwärder should not be green. It originally belonged to Hamburg.
  • Kreis 9 came from Schleswig-Holstein.
  • The green areas from Kreis 1 and 10 came from Schleswig-Holstein.

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1937-1938 Boundary Changes of Hamburg

Regional Gains of Hamburg

The country of Hamburg was in detail:

  • From the Prussian province of Schleswig-Holstein
    • The municipality of Altona
    • The district of Wandsbek
    • From the district of Stormarn the municipalities Bergstedt, Billstedt, Bramfeld, Duvenstedt, Hummelsbüttel, Lemsahl-Mellingstedt, Lohbrügge, Poppenbüttel, Rahlstedt, Sasel, Steilshoop and Wellingsbüttel
    • From the district Pinneberg the municipality Lokstedt with Niendorf and Schnelsen
    • From the administrative district Herzogtum Lauenburg the place Kurslack in the Achterschlag of the municipality Börnsen
  • From the Lüneburg district of the Prussian province of Hanover
    • Of the administrative district Harburg-Wilhelmsburg
    • from the district of Harburg, the municipalities Altenwerder, Finkenwerder, Fischbek, Francop, Gut Moor, Kirchwerder, Langenbeck, Marmstorf, Neuenfelde, Neugraben, Neuland, Rönneburg, Sinstorf and the town Over Hook the municipality Over
  • From the government district Stade of the Prussian province of Hanover
    • from the district of Stade, the municipality Cranz

All the above mentioned cities and municipalities were merged with the city of Hamburg and the municipalities remaining with the Land of Hamburg as of April 1, 1938, into a unitary community, which was called Hansestadt Hamburg .

Territories of Hamburg Given Away

In exchange for this, the Hamburg enclaves went to Prussia

  • To the Prussian province of Schleswig-Holstein
    • To the administrative district Herzogtum Lauenburg the city Geesthacht
    • To the Landkreis Stormarn the municipalities Großhansdorf and Schmalenbeck
  • To the administrative district Land Hadeln in the government district Stade of the Prussian province of Hannover
    • The city of Cuxhaven with Neuwerk and Scharhörn as well as the municipalities Berensch and Arensch , Gudendorf , Holte-Spangen, Oxstedt and Sahlenburg , with the exception of the Amerika-Hafen.

With this exception in the fourth implementing regulation to the Hamburg Act of March 22, 1937, Hamburg secured the America port in the city of Cuxhaven as an exclave. --Source: Greater Hamburg Act

How to Find Birth, Marriage, and Death Records in Hamburg

Most of your genealogical research for Hamburg will be in three main record types: civil registration, church records, and, when available, a compiled town genealogy ("'Ortssippenbuch" or "Ortsfamilienbuch" in German). This article will teach you how to use these records on digital databases, as microfilms, or by writing for them.



Research Tools

Latin Records

Records of the Catholic church will usually be written in Latin:

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