These are never before published records! The
New York Passenger Lists contains more than 11.4 million names.
At launch, the records will cover 1850 - 1859, but by the end of
the year will span to 1892. And
these aren't just names! The US Immigration service kept
incredibly descriptive records of immigrants.
From 1855 - 1891, 13 million immigrants
passed through Castle Garden (later to be named Ellis Island).
A majority of the immigrants at this time were from German and
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Expect to find rich details such as:
Age: clue for birth and
baptismal records in the old country.
Occupation: provides insight into the ancestor's life
before they came to America.
Place of Origin: know where to look for records based on
where the ancestor emigrated.
Destination: know where to look in the U.S. Federal
Census and other records - look in the next census taken after
Name of Ship and Registry Number: obtain a photo of the
ship and a description of its size, voyages, and history to add
context to the ancestor's journey.
Type of Ship: sail or steam? Bark or brig? Envision
Port and Date of Departure: combined with the arrival
date, learn how many days the ancestor was at sea before they
arrived in America.
Port and Date of Arrival: what was happening the day they
arrived? Was it a blustery winter day or a sweltering summer
National Archives Series Number, Microfilm Number, and List
Number: details on where to find the original documents.
This is the most extensive collection of immigration records available
The chances of finding information on your ancestors is
-- Includes five centuries of records (1500's-1900's), covering
many different nationalities/ethnic groups and all major ports
-- The largest, most continuous, and most uniform body of
passenger records for the entire country (with the exception of
the U.S. Federal Census records)
-- Whether your ancestors were German, British, Irish, Canadian,
Chinese or among the immigrants from the more than 100 other
countries included in this collection, they left a record of
their journey to America
-- Every port of arrival in the U.S. (Atlantic and Pacific
Ports) and Canada included