Monday, July 09, 2007

BallinStadt opens in Hamburg

On July 5, BallinStadt, Albert Ballin's "Emigrant City" on Veddel Island in the Elbe River in Hamburg, reopened. Albert Ballin was the General Director of BallinStadt, which was constructed between 1898 and 1901, and enlarged in 1906/1907. The newly rebuilt facilities give you a chance to relive the experience of the over 5 million people, who left Germany through the port of Hamburg between 1850 and 1934 to start a new life in the United States.

The nicely put together website, available in German and English, gives details on BallinStadt, describes the materials located at the research center there, links to other online emigration records in Europe, and gives links for further research on German ancestors.

If you're planning a trip to Hamburg and have German ancestry, sounds like this is a worthwhile stop. It is currently open Monday through Sunday from 10am - 6pm, with last entrance at 5pm.

2 comments:

barbara 7/12/2007 9:48 AM  

Hi Christina
Hey, that's interesting !
If we are ever in Germany, that's a place to see !
Thank you for this link.

See you soon.

ChristinaG 7/12/2007 8:27 PM  

@barbara: You're welcome! If we're ever up that way, we're definitely going to stop in and I'll write a long blog post about it ;-) It might be awhile though!

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