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German and American Sources for German Emigration to America

Michael P. Palmer

I. German Records: 18th Century.

1. Types of Records:

2. Individual German States:

Not only is the literature of German emigration to America in the 18th century increasingly extensive, but the bibliography is made more complicated by the fact that many of the pioneering works, in particular the short articles of Fritz Braun and Friedrich Krebs published originally in the 1950's and 1960's, have been reprinted, often in translation and in amalgamated form, many times. The following list therefore represents only the most significant and easily accessible works on the subject. For fuller details and further references, researchers should consult P. William Filby, Passenger and Immigration Lists Bibliography, 1538-1900 (2nd ed.; Detroit: Gale Research, c1988), and, for works published after 1988, the annual volumes of P. William Filby, Mary K. Meyer, and Paula K. Woolverton, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index (Detroit: Gale Research, 1981ff.).

II. German Records: 19th Century.

1. Types of Records:

2. Individual German States:

III. American Records.

1. 18th Century:

2. 19th Century.

IV. Ship Passenger Lists.

1. German.

2. Other European Ports.

3. American.

For the authoritative account of American passenger arrival lists, see Michael Tepper, American Passenger Arrival Records (2nd ed.; Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1993).

4. General Bibliography.

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Last update (provisional): 19-Dec-1997 (mp)
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