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Ancestry.com. Bremen, Germany Sailors Registry, 1824-1917 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.
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Staatsarchiv Bremen. 4,24, Seemansamt Bremen:
-E.8: Seeleuteregister des Bremer Wasserschouts 1837-1873 (FS 5368-5377).
-G.1: Kahnschiffer Musterungen 1824-1862 (FS 5387).
-G.2: Kahnschiffer und Mannschaften 1862-1909 (FS 5387-5388).
-G.4: Musterungsverzeichnis der Schlepp- und Passagierschiffe auf der Weser, 1859-1917 (FS 5388-5389).

About Bremen, Germany Sailors Registry, 1824-1917

This database is a collection of service records of over 50,000 sailors who enlisted with crews in Bremen, Germany. The service records cover the years 1824-1917. Information contained in this database about the sailors includes:

  • Name
  • Birth year or birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Residence

Additional information such as the individual’s position in the crew, wage, ship sailed on, captain’s name, date mustered out, and destination may also be available on the image.

When a sailor wanted to sign up for a crew, he had to register. These registers are what comprise these service records. The records are generally arranged by individual so that all of the information on one individual is in one record, with information on multiple voyages listed below. There are generally four individuals listed on a page. The majority of the ships that were sailed on were fishing or cargo ships, rather than passenger ships.

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