• Tourist Information

Niedersachsen GmbH
Theaterstraße 4-5
D-30159 Hannover

Pho: +49 511 / 270 488 0
Fax: +49 511 / 270 488 - 88

  • Turbulent History, Famous Emigrants and Unknown Ports of Embarkation
No fewer than 64 places in the United States of America bear the name Hanover - today the capital of the federal state of Lower Saxony. Han(n)over was once a kingdom, from which many settlers could claim their origin. Other American place names commemorate the House of Hanover, which was united, up until 1837, with the English Crown. During the turbulent years of changing alliances in Europe, emigrants carried passports from the Diocesan Principality of Osnabrück, the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg, the Principality of Schaumburg-Lippe, the Duchy of Brunswick and from the middle of the 19th century, until well into the middle of the 20th century,  from Prussia. 

Among the most prominent areas of emigration was East Frisia. Many people from here settled to farm in Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska. Even today, you can still hear the Low German dialect being spoken. One famous emigrant from Lower Saxony was Claus Spreckels of Lamstedt, better known as the "Sugar King of California" or Henry Melchior Mühlenberg from Einbeck, one of the founding fathers of the Lutheran Church in America. 

Besides Bremen and Hamburg, the port of Cuxhaven is also important, because of its affiliation with the Hamburg-America-Line (HAPAG). Lower Saxony's small embarkation points of Nordenham, Brake and Emden are much smaller, yet no less interesting. 

Research and Travel offers:

Heritage tours that cover Northern Germany

Guided tours in Germany

Research services for your roots in Germany

Heinrich Steinweg, piano designer from Seesen in the Harz Mountains. In 1853, "Steinway and Sons" first started producing pianos for the American market in New York. There instruments soon became acclaimed world-wide. 

  • Archives

  • East Frisia in America