Note: "Emigration" means "to leave." These are records (or indexes to the records) of people who left Germany for somewhere else (usually North America). Emigration lists can be helpful for determining place of birth or residence, and the year or date someone left Germany. Names of spouses and children are sometimes included. Here is a list of links to websites that have emigration indexes or records for various places in Germany...|
Württemberg Emigration Index a separate webpage has been set up to explain the various ways of searching this index, both online and off
Baden Emigration Index a separate webpage has been set up to explain the various ways of searching this index, both online and off
Auswanderung aus Südwestdeutschland - Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg You can search a database for Baden, Württemberg or Hohenzollern emigration here for free. When you get there click on "English" for an English language version.
Emigrants from Kreis Heidenheim (about 50 km north of Ulm in today's Baden-Württemberg)...
Emigrants from Külsheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany to America & Elsewhere
Emigrants from Kuppenheim, Rastatt, Baden
Emigrants from Weisweil, Baden
Emigrants from Neuhausen ob Eck
Bavaria and Pfalz Emigration Database has over 101,000 entries
Fürth, Bavaria Emigration and City Directories, 1805-1913 from FamilySearch; images only, not indexed; emigration records cover 1805-1874
19th Century Emigrants from Central Franconia to North America
Bremen Emigration Records, December 1833 to August 1836 mostly for emigrants from Mittelfranken, Bavaria; part of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society's Databases
U.S. Emigrants from Stockstadt am Main Alphabetical Index of 19th Century Emigrants from Stockstadt am Main to America
Brandenburg, Prussia Emigration Records Index at Ancestry (free to search with registration)
Hessisches Staatsarchiv Darmstadt Auswanderer-Nachweise Emigration database from the Hessen State Archives in Darmstadt
Gross-Umstadt [Groß-Umstadt] Emigrants
List of Emigrants from the Village of Dodenau to the USA
IMAR Mecklenburg Emigrant Database - Surnames
About 20,000 names (of 170,000) have been entered so far into this database, which is searchable online by surname only. A donation is requested to obtain the full listing by mail.
Names of Mecklenburg-Schwerin Emigrants 1844-1915
Lists about 2,800 emigrants from the district of Schwerin only.
Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
Niedersachsen Staatsarchive Auswanderer Search for emigrants from Hannover, Osnabrück and Wolfenbüttel 1825-1870
Auswanderdatenbank - Auswanderern aus dem Großherzogtum Oldenburg emigrants from the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg
Emigrants from the former Amt Damme, Oldenburg (now Niedersachsen), Germany, mainly to the United States, 1830-1849
Landkreis Cuxhaven Emigrants 1830-1930
Emigrant List from the former Duchy of Braunschweig 1846-1871 except the City of Braunschweig and the County of Holzminden, by Fritz Gruhne (surnames from the book)
Melle Emigrants to America family names (surnames) of emigrants from the Melle area (Groenenberg)
List of 3600 Emigrants from the Village of Buer and Surrounding Villages (Landkreis Melle, district Osnabrueck, Niedersachsen)
Emigrants from Elmsland, Niedersachsen to the American Mid-West (19th Century) mostly to Illinios and Missouri
Schaumburger Auswanderer 1820-1914
Regional Emigration Databases includes Emigration from the Former County of Delmenhorst 1830-1930, County of Cuxhaven 1830-1930, Counties of Cloppenburg and Vechta 1830-about 1875, and Bad Laer 19th Century
Nordrhein-Westfalen (North Rhine-Westphalia)
Emigrants from the Rhineland (19th century) from the Districts of Aachen, Düsseldorf and Köln
19th Century Emigrants from Münster and Minden, Westphalia includes...
Hegensdorfer Auswanderer 1824-1893 [on this website]
List of emigrants from the village of Hegensdorf in Nordrhein-Westfalen. Also includes the nearby village of Keddinghausen.
Großeneder Auswanderer List of 19th century emigrants from the village of Grosseneder in Nordrhein-Westfalen. (The German Roots webmaster has ancestors from this village.)
Emigrant File Selfkant Emigrants from the Selfkant region along the Limburg (Netherlands) border, 1762-1934
Heimliche Auswanderung [Secret Emigration] aus 15 Orten (709 Personen)
A list of 709 people who emigrated from the Eastern part of Westfalen (today Nordrhein-Westfalen). These emigrants are from the following towns: Auenhausen, Borgentreich, Borgholz, Buehne, Dalhausen, Drankhausen, Manrode, Muddenhagen, Natingen, Natzungen, Ossendorf, Rothe, Sandebeck, Scherfede.
This village is now part of Ahaus.
Lippe Emigration Database - Emigration from Lippe to the USA
Rheine Emigrant List Rheine is in the Steinfurt district of Westphalia
Assorted Emigration Lists for Westphalia (from amerikanetz.de) includes...
Mainz, Germany, Emigration Register, 1856-1877 (at Ancestry/requires payment)
Auswandererdatei des Stadtarchivs Koblenz PDF list of 1,749 emigrants from the city of Koblenz
Emigration Irscher Bürger nach Nord Amerika (1856-1882)
Emigrants from Pirmasens and the Surrounding Area
Also see the first link in the Bavaria section above for a database which includes some Pfalz entries.
Emigration out of Schleswig-Holstein, 19th Century a database with approximately 70,000 names
Dithmarschen Emigrants (1868-1920)
A listing of about 3600 people who emigrated from Dithmarschen, Schleswig-Holstein.
Emigrants from Schleswig-Holstein to New Amsterdam (now New York) in 1636-1667
Thüringen Auswanderer Datenbank
Some 19th Century Emigrants from Sachsen-Coburg, Sachsen-Kronach and Sachsen-Meiningen (Coburg and Kronach are now in Bavaria)
Auswanderungen aus dem Herzogtum Sachsen-Meiningen (Emigration from the Duchy of Saxony-Meiningen) large PDF file
Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt and Schwarzburg-Sondershausen Emigration Database from the Staatsarchiv Rudolstadt; PDF file
General and Miscellaneous Databases
The Hamburg Passenger Departure Records [on this website]
Information about the Hamburg, Germany passenger departure records -- how to research them online and off.
Bremen Passenger Lists 1920-1939
While most of the Bremen passenger departure records were destroyed, about 3000 of them from 1920-1939 (still incomplete) have survived and are stored at the Bremen Chamber of Commerce. A Bremen based genealogical society called Die Maus has transcribed these lists and put them online here.
German Immigrants, 1712-1933 at Ancestry/free with registration; includes searchable, digitized emigration lists from these six books by Clifford Neal Smith:
This database is taken from US Customs & Immigration passenger ship records prior to World War I. The mostly German settled Banat area was once part of the Austrian Empire and is now divided among Romania, Yugoslavia and Hungary.
The Old Lutheran Emigration at the Middle of the 19th Century by Wilhelm Iwan scanned book
Finding Emigration Lists in the FamilySearch Catalog
The Family History Library (FamilySearch) has microfilmed (and digitized) some German emigration lists. To find these records, do a place search for the area you are interested in and then look for the "emigration and immigration" topic. Start with the smallest place (name of town or village) and then work your way back to the kreis (county), state or region. Many of these emigration lists will have a variation of the German word "Auswanderer" in their title. Some items may be viewable online -- look for the camera icons in the catalog listings. Some may be restricted and viewable only at LDS Family History Centers, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, or some FamilySearch affiliated libraries. You can use the link below to start your search.
Finding Passenger Lists 1820-1940s
Emigration and Immigration Records
More German Genealogy Records and Databases