1859 New York Passenger List
1859 Hamburg Passenger List
Hamburg Column Headings [Translated to English]
Using Family Search's "Hamburg Passenger List Terminology" and Google Translate, I was able to translate the column headings and most of the written words. The columns were as follows:
- surname and given name
- birthplace & place of residence
- adults & children over 8 years
- children under 8 years old
- children under 1 year old
NAMES, AGES, & OCCUPATIONS
The Hamburg list gives us the following information about the Peters family:
- Joach Peters, master miller, age 44
- Henriette, [occupation unreadable], age 36 [Note: her age is 40 on the New York list]
- Louise, age 14
- Eckard, age 13
- Carl, age 10
- Wilhelm, age 7, occupation: kinder [hard to read, means "child"]
- Heinr, age 6
- Friedchen, age 4
- Joach's occupation is listed as Mühlenmeister, which means "master miller"
- Henriette's "occupation" was unreadable, though it might refer to the fact she is Joach's wife as it looks similar to the word beside other wives
- Carl, my great, great grandfather, is the only family member with a "birthplace & place of residence" and "country" indicated
Although it appears Carl was born in Bellin, Mecklenburg, where did the rest of the family come from?
Though I have looked at this Hamburg list quite a few times before, I could not figure out why Carl was the only person with a "birthplace" indicated. But, while I studied the list to write this blog post, I discovered something new: two heavy, vertical lines.
One of these lines is between columns 1 and 2, and the other is between columns 3 and 4. I first noticed the line on the right while working with the "kinder" notation next to Wilhelm. I noticed that each family only had one child listed as "kinder." And then I saw the lines. I realized these lines were like our brackets and indicated that all of the people marked by the line were children!
|1859 Hamburg Passenger list with yellow highlights added. |
Note: The line probably should have extended to include Joach. Hopefully, additional research will prove this.
Then, I noticed a similar vertical line from Henriette to the youngest child. And, I realized it was showing that all of these family members were born in and had been residing in Bellin, Mecklenburg! What an exciting discovery!
Of course, I would love to trace my Peters family back to Germany. But, even once you've found a village or town name, actually locating the correct place can be difficult. However, I think I've determined where this Bellin is located. Stay tuned!