Where to Start
PGS-MN member, John Kowles, wrote an article in the Summer 2004 issue of the PGS-MN Newsletter (page 1), which is a great overview of issues involved with Polish Emigration.
Some of the resources below were compiled by Jay Biedny in the Spring 2016 issue (page 4) of the PGS-MN newsletter.
|They Came in Ships||John Philip Colletta||Third edition (2002)|
|Ships of Our Ancestors||Michael J. Anuta||January 1, 1983|
Polish Immigration to America – When, Why, How and Where
|Germans to America – Lists of Passengers Arriving at U.S. Ports||Ira A. Glazier and William P. Filby||1988-2002||This is a series of 67 books, each of which are expensive – it is best to check libraries. The series covers the years from 1850-1897 and includes ships that left from German ports.|
The link here is an online index to the Germans to America series.
A link to an article that explains the Germans to America series can be found here.
PGS-MN Newsletter Articles
|Winter 2011||1||From Plotzk to Boston |
by Mary Antin
|Winter 2012||1||Six Ships to America|
by Jay Biedny
|Winter 2012||17||The Emigrant Ship|
by Francis A Durivage.
|Fall 2013||12||Extensive Book Review (written by John Rys):|
Round-Trip to America – The Immigrants Return to Europe (1880-1930)
by Mark Wyman, Cornell University Press, 1993
This site is a portal index to ships mentioned in other publications. An excellent tool for that small, odd ship on your list.
|Red Star Line||In 2013, a non-profit organization renovated the Red Star Lines departure areas in Antwerp into a museum that exhibits the actual immigrant experience. The Line brought some 2 million passengers to America. The site does not contain searchable records of passage.|
|FamilySearch Hamburg Passenger Lists||The Hamburg Passenger Lists (1850-1934), the ones created on the German side before passengers left Europe, still exist and have been loaded into a great data base accessible through Ancestry.com. This site explains the materials and their organization.|
|Ballinstadt Museum||The great emigration exhibition is the core of the BallinStadt or “Port of Dreams”. This multi-building museum in Hamburg, explores the minds and backgrounds of the 4 million emigrants who used the North German Lloyd Line (HAPAG) to come to America.|
|Bremerhaven Museum||This organization has a physical museum and is working on an immigration super data base of all immigration departures from all German ports. Currently the data base is only accessible at the museum.|
|Steve Morse||This site will help you search many different passenger lists in one step. Also great for non-immigration information.|
|Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island passenger lists||Over 50 million passenger records for New York harbor from 1892-1954 searchable by name for free.|
|Castle Garden||Over 10 million passenger records for New York harbor from 1855- 1890 searchable by name for free.|
|Baltimore Port||This site gives a general overview of the Locust Point immigration station in Baltimore, MD.|
|Immigrant Ships.net||Has excellent information on ships manifests back to 1820. Volunteers transcribe and post entire ships manifests.|
|The Ships List||This is a very helpful site with lots of British and European information including ship pictures of the larger lines.|
|Polish Immigrants to Canada||This website provides information about Polish immigrants to Quebec, Canada. Some relatives of these immigrants continued on to Minnesota. |
Grosse Île was a Quarantine location downstream from Quebec to handle immigrants with infectious diseases. Information about Grosse Île can be found here.