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Castle Garden, today known as Castle Clinton National Monument, was America's first official immigration center. This free site offers access to an extraordinary database of information on 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened. More than 100 million Americans can trace their ancestors to this early immigration period.
Last Updated: 3 August 2016
Last Updated: 15 November 2018
The American Family Immigration History Center® (AFIHC), which opened in 2001 on Ellis Island and the internet, makes the 51+ million Port of New York arrival records in the Ellis Island Archives available to everyone.
Last Updated: 3 August 2016
This article explains how ships’ passenger lists can help you trace your ancestors’ journeys to and arrivals in America and provides dozens of links to passenger list websites.
Last Updated: 25 February 2020
The Immigrant Genealogical Society (IGS) was founded in 1982 to help Americans trace their ancestors’ origins, particularly in the German speaking areas of Europe and the places in the world to which they migrated. The society maintains a genealogical research library, publishes a newsletter and two periodical journals, and offers searches of its holdings for users worldwide.
Last Updated: 15 March 2019
17,000+ Passenger Manifests in 17 Volumes plus numerous other passengers listed in Special Projects. Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild (ISTG) adds new transcriptions weekly to help you search for your roots. If you find one of your ancestors on their site, you are invited to add information about those passengers, including old photos if you have them. ISTG is affiliated with MyHeritage.com and they are the only genealogy company that has permission to share ISTG content.
Last Updated: 1 December 2017
What Information May be Found on the Customs Passenger Lists. Last updated 2011.
Last Updated: 25 February 2020
Names of Foreigners Who Took the Oath of Allegiance to the Province and State of Pennsylvania 1727-1775 With the Foreign Arrivals, 1786-1808. Book By: William Henry Egle, 1830-1901. Published: 1892. Publisher: Harrisburg, Pa., E. K. Meyers, state printer. Pages: 800. Can be downloaded as a PDF file.
Last Updated: 1 February 2018
Last Updated: 3 August 2016
Internet Sources for Digitized or Transcribed Passenger Records & Indexes
Last Updated: 8 March 2019
Passenger lists are among the most frequently requested genealogical materials, and our Library has a strong collection. As immigrants arrived in North America, these lists were compiled at their port of entry.
Last Updated: 25 February 2020
Last Updated: 3 August 2016
The Pennsylvania State Archives maintains official ships' passenger lists on microfilm (Record Group-26), recording the arrival of Continental Europeans (chiefly German, Dutch, Swiss and French) at the Port of Philadelphia, 1727-1744, 1746-1756, 1761, 1763-1775, 1785-1808. Lists dating before the Revolution do not cover British subjects since their status remained unchanged by their removal from one part of the King's dominion to another.
Last Updated: 25 February 2020
This database was started a very long time ago by an individual researching her family. She had a list of people who were born in England but died in the colonies. So she said, "They MUST have taken a ship, but which one?" There were thousands of manifests all over the web, and she attempted to put them all in one place. 'Deeds were done, no one was spared.'
Last Updated: 17 December 2017
Passenger lists from 1842–1854 available at the Briscoe Center for American History. Ships were in the above ports on the dates listed but did not necessarily sail on them. Number of names is approximate.
Last Updated: 25 February 2020
This website, online since August 1999, has immigration reports, newspaper records, shipwreck information, ship pictures, ship descriptions, shipping-line fleet lists and more; as well as hundreds of passenger lists to Canada, USA, Australia and even some for South Africa.
Last Updated: 8 March 2019
Passenger ship manifests for emigrants leaving from Göteborg and Malmö ports are available on ArkivDigital online. These lists include information such as the name of the ship, departure date, name of the emigrant and age and often you will find birth place or residence in Sweden and final destination. Currently the passenger lists from Göteborg on ArkivDigital online cover the years from 1869 to 1935. You can find these in the Göteborgs poliskammare (-1900) archive. The passenger lists from Malmö cover the years from 1874 to 1939. You can find these records the Poliskammaren i Malmö archive. If you have access to the CD Emigranten Populär or the database Emihamn you can do a search and get the "Källkod" and use this to search in the manifests.
Last Updated: 25 February 2020
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Genealogy Program is a fee-for-service program that provides researchers with timely access to historical immigration and naturalization records of deceased immigrants.
Last Updated: 1 December 2017
Courtesy of Family Tree Magazine, this link provides us with a timeline for U.S. Immigration Policy from 1875-1957.
Last Updated: 14 June 2019
US immigration records exist in many forms. Which is just as well, because there is no single complete list detailing individual Irish immigrants to America over the last three or four centuries.
Last Updated: 25 February 2020
This site contains tools for finding immigration records, census records, vital records, and for dealing with calendars, maps, foreign alphabets, and numerous other applications. Some of these tools fetch data from other websites but do so in more versatile ways than the search tools provided on those websites.
Last Updated: 8 March 2019