This is a collection of passenger lists from Stettin and Swinemünde, Germany. Stettin and Swinemünde made up the largest German port area on the Baltic in the 19th century. The area served as the port of embarkation for much of eastern Germany, Poland, and western Russia. The ports of Stettin and Swinemünde are now located in Poland; however, historically these were German ports.
The period covered in this collection includes years of peak emigration from Germany. German farmers in Russia had lands revoked in the 1870s, which prompted the relocation of Volga and Black Sea Germans. Economic instability drove an even larger wave of emigrants from Germany in the 1880s, many of whom settled in the Midwest.
The police travel records in Stettin were recorded individually by company. These passenger lists are arranged chronologically, within each book, and vary by company. Images may be viewed by city, then by date range and/or company name, depending on point of embarkation. Passenger lists from Stettin are arranged by year range and company. Passenger lists from Swinemünde are straight chronological listings by date of departure.
What You Can Find in the Records
Document types vary, but they may provide the following details:
- place of origin
- departure date
- departure place
- ship name
- age at departure