Bibliography & Websites

Bogen, F.W. The German in America or Advice and Instruction for German Emigrants in the United States of America Also, A Reader for Beginners in the English and German Languages. Oston: H.B Greene, 1851. (Bilingual German and English) [E184.G3B5]

Bogen. F.W. The German immigrant in America : F.W. Bogen’s guidebook / edited by Don Heinrich Tolzmann. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1992 [R 973.0431 B674g]

Filby, P. William and Mary K. Meyer. Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide topublished arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. Detroit, MI: Gale Research Company, 1981-  [R 929.3 P2875]

“Finding Immigrant Ancestors in Passenger Lists.” Learning Center

Germans To America: Lists of Passengers Arriving at U.S. Ports, 1850-  . Edited by Ira A. Glazier and P. William Filby. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, Inc., 1988-  [R 929.30973 P287, G373]

Kashuba, Melinda. Walking with your Ancestors: a Genealogist’s Guide to using Maps and Geography. Cincinnati, OH: Family Tree Books, 2005 [R 929.1072073 K19w]

Minert, Roger P. Deciphering Handwriting in German Documents: Analyzing German, Latin, and French in Vital Records Written in Germany. Woods Cross, Utah : GRT Publications, c2001 [R 929.1072043 M664d]

Neagles, James C. and Lila Lee. Locating Your Immigrant Ancestor: A Guide to Naturalization Records. Logan, UT: Everton Publishers, Inc. 1975 (dated resources but good information)  [R 929.1072073 N338L]

Skal, Geo. Von. History of German Immigration in the United States: Successful German Americans and Their Descendants. New York City: Fredk T. Smiley Printing & Publishing Co. 1900 [E184.G3S62]

Smith, Clifford Neal and Anna Piszczan-Czaja Smith. Encyclopedia of German-American Genealogical Research. New York: R.R. Bowker Company, 1976. [R 929.1072043 S644e]

Szucs, Loretto Dennis. They became Americans: Finding Naturalization Records and Ethnic Origins. Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry, 1998. [R 929.1072 S998t]

Timothy, Dallen and Jeanne Kay Guelke, editors. Geography and Genealogy: Locating Personal Pasts. London & Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing Company, 2008. [CS14.G5]

Wellauer, Maralyn A. German Immigration to America in the Nineteenth Century: A Genealogist’s Guide. Milwaukee, WI: Roots International, 1985. [E184.G3W42]

Zimmerman, Gary J. and Marion Wolfert. German Immigrants: Lists of Passengers Bound from Bremen to New York, 1847-1871. 4 vol. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1988 [R 929.30973 P287, Z72g]


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Internet Archive

o        Focusing searches to passenger lists

Ellis Island

Castle Garden

o        Focusing searches

Barbasnow’s “Your Guide to Finding and Using Passenger Records & Ship Information”

Stephen Morse

·         Passengers One Step forms

·         Ellis Island

·         Castle Garden

Phonetic Matching and Soundex

The Ships List – info about immigrant ships and the shipping lines

“Hamburg Passenger Lists”

Resources for Germans in America and German Immigration

German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C.

German Immigrant Entrepreneurship

Handwriting Styles

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