Hamburg Emigration/Immigration

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By 1850 Hamburg became next to Bremen the most important emigration port in Europe. Read all about emigrating through Hamburg by clicking on

A very important tool in tracing German immigrants can be the Hamburg Passenger List. Study how to use this resource by clicking here:

Emigrants could have remained in Hamburg for a while. There was a Meldepflicht (obligation to register) in force since 1826, but became not mandatory until 1892. Foreigners and servants were registered and those in need of passports. Such records are available through the Family History Library Catalog under Place Search (Hamburg),