Jun 14, 2023

From Geneanet: General Slocum Genealogies: A Thousand Source Documents Added

On June 15, 1904, (tomorrow is the anniversary of the event), the awful General Slocum steamboat disaster in New York City decimated the German-American community of Kleindeutschland: over a thousand women and children perished.

Geneanet, has honored the victims and survivors of the tragedy by documenting the lives of every known passenger. It’s a free and collaborative project, open to all. Over a thousand birth, marriage, and death certificates of the passengers’ families, nearly all from the New York City Municipal Archives, have been digitized.

Geneanet also has over 100 photos of passengers; Geneanet volunteers searched through historical newspapers and the “instant books” of the era to find those.

The web site also has a scoop, not previously published: the handwritten telegram of condolences from the Kaiser who was attending the Gordon Bennett Cup road race in the Taunus mountains near Frankfurt. The Political Archive of the German Foreign Office in Berlin dug that out for Geneanet.

The article may be found at:

The collaborative family tree is available at: