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Series Description

There are 2 Files for this series in AAD :
Germans to America Passenger Data File, 1850 - 1897 (info) Search
Manifest Header Data File, 1834 - ca. 1900 (info) Search
Title: Data Files Relating to the Immigration of Germans to the United States, created, ca. 1977 - 2002, documenting the period 1850 - 1897
Creator: Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies. Center for Immigration Research. (Most Recent)
Type of Archival Materials: Data Files
Textual Records
Level of Description: Series from Collection CIR: Records of the Center for Immigration Research
Other Titles: Germans to America Files
Location: Electronic and Special Media Records Services Division (NWME), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001 PHONE: 301-837-0470, FAX: 301-837-3681, EMAIL: cer@nara.gov
Inclusive Dates: ca. 1977 - 2002
Coverage Dates: 1850 - 1897
Date Note: The coverage dates are dates of passenger arrivals.
Part of: Collection CIR: Records of the Center for Immigration Research
Function and Use: The Center for Immigration Research created this series to promote access to information about German immigrants to the United States. The information was extracted from ship passenger lists in the records of the U.S. Customs Service (NARA Record Group 36).
Scope & Content Note: This series consists of records of 4,048,907 passengers who arrived at the United States between 1850 through 1897; about 90 percent identified their country of origin or nationality as Germany or a "German" state, city, or region. In about 10 percent of the records, passengers identified their country of origin or nationality as France, Luxemburg, Switzerland, United States, and other places. There are 109 unique "country of origin" codes used in this series. There are records of passengers who were U.S. citizens or non-U.S. citizens planning to continue their travels, returning to the U.S., or staying in the U.S. There are records of passengers arriving at the following ports: Baltimore, Boston, New Orleans, New York, and Philadelphia; the bulk of the records are of passengers arriving at the Port of New York. Each of the passenger records may include name, age, town of last residence, destination, and codes for passenger's sex, occupation, literacy, country of origin, transit and/or travel compartment, and the identification number for the ship manifest. Information on each ship is in the manifest header file and includes the ship manifest identification number, the name of the ship, the code for its port of departure, and date of arrival. The ship manifest identification number indicates the port of arrival.
Access Restrictions: Unrestricted.  
Finding Aid Type: Technical Information
Finding Aid Source: NARA and the Center for Immigration Research
Extent: 2 data files, 1 summary statistic file, 11 electronic documentation files, and 3 linear inches of paper documentation
Index Terms
  Subjects Represented in the Archival Material
    Emigration and immigration
Germans
Immigrants
Names, Personal
Passenger lists

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