[TSL] The Germania
user917826 via <> on 07/06/2015


I have been researching an ancestor from Germany who claimed to have come through NY in 1851 on the "Germania".  From his Naturalization record, we know that George Pfeiff came from Hesse Cassel.  However in the Germans to America records, there is the record for George Pfieff (sp. different but this is a general issue) who came to NY on the Germania from Switzerland.  These records indicate that this man was German and not Swiss.  I have to wonder if the Germania sailed from Germany to Switzerland before coming to the US and if this was common? 

Since my ancestor was a jeweler, I am not surprised that he may have been in Switzerland for a time.  I also have not seen the actual record so I am not sure that his wife and child were with him or if they came to the US later?  

This is the only record that I could find that seems to fit my ancestor's profile.  I would love to know if the actual passenger lists exist.  It appears that the Germania arrived in NY in Nov. of 1851, which is a few months later than the Naturalization seems to suggest.   Still, that was probably not uncommon either.

Any information on this vessel would be most appreciated.

Thank you,

Bev W
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