Re: Hamburg ship lists #unitedkingdom #lithuania #records

Marion Werle

This is from the database description for the "Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850-1934" on

""Direct passengers" were those who arrived at their final destination upon the same ship that they were registered on when they departed Hamburg. These passengers may have had stopovers in other ports on their way to their final destination, but they remained on the same ship. "Indirect passengers" were those who were registered on one ship in Hamburg, but transferred to another ship before reaching their final destination."

In the case of indirect passengers, the destination will show as another port, possibly British or Scottish. I have, in fact, found one relative where the destination shows as Leith (Glasgow), and he did, in fact, transfer to a U.S. ship called the Nevada. This was difficult to trace, because his name was so badly butchered, but if you know when the ship left Hamburg (or arrived in the UK), you should be able to search for the passenger on ships arriving in the U.S. a couple of weeks later. In the case of my relative with the butchered name, I looked for somebody else (whose name was easier to spell)  on the ship that left Hamburg , and searched for her on Ancestry on ships arriving within the correct timeframe. I then found my relative under another butchered spelling. It wasn't easy, but it was doable.

Good luck!

Marion Werle

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