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Monday, 11 August 2008

American Immigration

If your ancestors emigrated from Europe to America and you would like to trace them on passenger lists there are a couple of good sources worth trying.

Between 1892 and 1924, over 22 million people passed through Ellis Island and the port of New York. They included, immigrants, passengers and ships crews. The ships companies that transported these people kept detailed passenger lists. These lists are now available on line in a gigantic searchable archive at the Ellis Island website. Sadly a catastrophic fire in 1897 burnt the original wooden immigration buildings to the ground, destroying years of valuable immigration records dating back to 1855.
Tips for searching Ellis Island Passenger Search
Ellis Island Passenger Search

The ISTG (Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild) have over 9000 passenger manifests which have been transcribed by volunteers. You can search easily by surname, captain's name, port of arrival/departure or name of the ship. HERE is an example of a transcribed ships manifest for 1851, the Favorite out of Cork, Ireland. And HERE is an example of the results of a search for the surname COGHLAN.

Learn more about the ISTG and do your own search HERE (scroll up to see information). In addition to its own records the 'Compass' area of the site has a large collection of links to other passenger lists sites.

If your ancestors were Irish they may have emigrated during the Great Famine. You can search the Famine Ship Records Index for free, but will have to pay to view the actual records if you find any relevant ones. The Famine Ship Records currently hold approximately 1.5 million records on individuals who emigrated from Ireland or via Great Britain to the United States during, immediately prior to or after the Great Famine (1845-50).

Cyndi's List has a Ships and Passenger Lists page which among other things has links to many more lists and ships arrivals.

Another site with lists of transcribed Passenger Lists is What Passenger Lists are Online?


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Fernando C. Zamora said...

i am also our genealogy although and i am happy to stumble on this post... i can try :-). regards and takecare.

Mairi Muircastle said...

Thanks! This is very helpful to me!