Would there be a reference source in Germany that would list all passengers sailing to Philadelphia in the mid-1700's

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There are books available that list German immigrees to Philadelphia Harbor, but most only contain the names of adult males who also took the Oath of Allegiance shortly after the ship docked.  Would there be a go-to place in Rotterdam, or more accurately within Germany, that might have listings of all passengers who sailed?  I have referenced information that my ancestor, Johann Heinrich Fuchs, came to America in 1749.  It is very possible he came over with two sisters and a younger brother.  The list of adult males for the Ship Two Brothers, Sept 1749, lists a man by this name, but research done on the German side, and detailed in the book "Westerwald to America" has information this was a different Johann Heinrich Fuchs.  This person came with a brother Johann Adam Fuchs, and both had their respective families with them.  There was a second ship in September, the ship Dragon on the 26th, does list a Johan Heinrich Fuchs.  

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in Genealogy Help by Gary Fox G2G Crew (390 points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

I know your posting is older, but I am doing a great deal of research on Germany for my One-Name Study Fritz.  I came upon an extensive online source which might help you or at least send you in the right direction.


If it is 1749, I think I remeber his name on the Ship "Griffin" last name is seen as Finck and Finch depending on who transcripted the documents. Let me go and look.
OK nevermind this guy was George Ludovick Finck/Finch/Fuch. The Griffin came to South Caroline October 17th 1749

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Main German emigration ports were Hamburg and Bremen. Nothing pre-19th century available on the internet. Hamburg starts at 1850 (available through Ancestry pay-site), Deutsche Auswanderer-Datenbank (DAD) am Historischen Museum Bremerhaven starts at 1820.

by Helmut Jungschaffer G2G6 Pilot (548k points)
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Previous hours of searching the internet led me to the same conclusion, but I appreciate the detail in your answer.  I guess the research question is more of a source documentation issue - as in papers filed for emigration and lists of who was asking to do so.  I have birth records on this family, as to the area of origin and where they most probably lived.  Any chance of dusty records somewhere there that a genealogist from the area might be able to find?  Has anyone ever engaged someone like that?


a number of options are listed here.  Most are not online resources.

Also have you tried the ISTG lists?  Some go back into the 1700s http://www.immigrantships.net/  new transcriptions are added to this site



I had a lot of success with this pay site for Mennonites: many last names:


Name: Emigrants, Refugees and Prisoners. Author: Richard W. Davis Notes: MennoSearch.com

Repository: For Brubaker History and others: MennoSearch.com Richard W. Davis P.O. Box 50182 Provo, Utah 84605 richard@mennosearch.com

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