The updated index to Hamburg Passenger Lists for 1850-1914 is now available at Ancestry. This is great news: previously the database only had indexed records from 1887-1914. The additional 37 years have added 800,000 new records to the index, for a total of more than 4.5 million names. All of the images in the Hamburg Passenger Lists, aka Hamburger Passagierlisten, 1850-1934, are available and indexing has started on the remaining years from 1915-1934.
The notes for this database have been updated as well. If you haven’t found your ancestors in the Hamburger Passagierlisten, 1850-1934, Ancestry recommends a “partial index, covering the years 1850-1914 (up to the start of WWI). This index is complete for the years it covers. The index was created by the Hamburg State Archive, using the original lists in their collection, as part of an ongoing project begun in 1999. The indexing project is mainly financed by the “Hauptfürsorgestelle”, an institution of the City of Hamburg that supports training programs for handicapped persons.”
If your German is rusty (or non-existent), here’s a link to my post that translates the categories used in the Hamburg Passenger Lists for passengers departing for America. In my experience, these lists are far more detailed about places of origin than the arrival lists for New York and other U.S. ports.