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| FS_URL_04 = [[Step-by-Step New York Research, 1880-Present|Step-by-Step Research]]
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| FS_URL_05 = [[Searching Passenger Lists]]
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| FS_URL_06 = [[Free Online New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1897|Free Online New Your Passenger Lists, 1820-1897]]
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| FS_URL_10 = [[Ellis Island, Castle Garden, etc.]]
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| RW_URL_01 = [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/300346?q=*:* NARA Passenger and Crew Lists, 1897-1957 Collection Description]
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| RW_URL_02 = [http://www.archives.gov/nyc/finding-aids/passenger-lists.html NARA New York Passenger Arrival Records,1820-1957]
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| RW_URL_03 = [http://www.archives.gov/research/immigration/port/nyc-1897-1957.pdf NARA Reference Report New York Passenger Lists, 1897-1957]
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| RW_URL_04 = [http://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy/charts-forms/1917-1924-immigration.pdf NARA Sample Form 1917-1924]
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| RW_URL_05 = [http://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy/charts-forms/1907-1917-immigration.pdf NARA Sample Form 1907-1917]
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| RW_URL_06 = [http://ellisisland.org/ The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.]
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| RW_URL_07 = [http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/EIDB Ellis Island JewishGen] has advanced search tools and access to lost manifests.
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| RW_URL_08 = [http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Ellis_Island Ellis Island WikiMedia Commons]
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| RW_URL_09 = [http://www.searchforancestors.com/records/passenger_tousa.html Ancestor Search]
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| RW_URL_10 = [https://www.archives.gov/research/immigration/titanic-survivors-to-ny.html Survivors of the Titanic who were taken on board the Carpathia, April 12, 1912]
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== Record Description ==
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== What is in This Collection? ==
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Index and images of passenger and crew lists of ships arriving at the port of New York. The Collection includes two National Archive microfilm publications: <br>
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<b> Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, 1820-1897,</b> [https://www.archives.gov/files/research/microfilm/m237.pdf M237]
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*Rolls 581 through 675 cover the years 1892 through 1897, Record Group 36, Records of the U.S. Customs Service
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* NAID--[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/6256867 6256867]
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* For the years 1820-1891 see [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1849782?collectionNameFilter=false| New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1891] 
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<b>Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels, Arriving at New York, NY, 1897-1957,</b> [https://www.archives.gov/files/research/microfilm/t715.pdf T715]
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* Rolls 1 through 3595 covering the years 1897 through 1924 in, Record Group 85, Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
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*Microfilm publication T715 includes the manifest records from the Carpathia for 1912.  The manifest records for 1912 include the list of 706 passengers rescued from the Titanic on April 15. The NARA Prologue Article [https://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2012/spring/titanic.html “They Said It Couldn’t Sink”] provides record details of the Titanic losses and the investigation into the Titanic’s sinking.  The article mentions other related record groups and collections that include information on the Titanic sinking and the aftermath  
  
This article covers multiple collections.
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=== To Browse This Collection ===
  
The collections consist of passenger lists of 25 million people (not just immigrants) who arrived at Ellis Island, Port of New York, during the years 1892 to 1924.
 
  
 
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== Record Content  ==
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=== Image Visibility ===
 
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Image:New York Index to Passenger Lists (11-0390) DGS 4786591 89.jpg|Index to Passenger Lists
 
Image:Ellis Island Passenger List.jpg|Passenger List
 
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The card index to passenger lists includes the following information:
 
  
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==What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
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The following information may be found in these records:
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'''Early Passenger lists'''
 
*Name of immigrant  
 
*Name of immigrant  
 
*Accompanied by  
 
*Accompanied by  
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*Name of vessel  
 
*Name of vessel  
 
*Date of arrival
 
*Date of arrival
 
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Passenger lists, particularly later lists, include the following information:
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'''Later Passenger lists'''
 
 
 
*Names of immigrants and close relatives  
 
*Names of immigrants and close relatives  
 
*Age  
 
*Age  
Line 52: Line 108:
 
*Date of arrival  
 
*Date of arrival  
 
*Port of departure
 
*Port of departure
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== Collection Content ==
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=== Sample Images ===
  
== How to Use the Records  ==
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Image:New York Index to Passenger Lists (11-0390) DGS 4786591 89.jpg|Index to Passenger Lists
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Image:Ellis Island Passenger List.jpg|Passenger List
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</gallery>
  
To begin your search it is helpful to know:
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== General Information About Passenger Arrival and Custom Lists ==
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Passenger arrival lists, or customs manifests, date back to 1820.  The first official emigration station for New York was Castle Garden, located at the tip of lower Manhattan. Congressional action in 1891 resulted in federal immigration officials recording the immigrants’ arrival. After January 1892, passengers arriving in New York debarked at Ellis Island, located east of Manhattan in the New York Harbor. From 1892 to 1924, almost all immigrants entered the United States through the port of New York.
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When passengers arrived at Ellis Island, they were asked a series of questions designed to determine whether they would be able to support themselves and did not have any health problems. The information was supplied by the immigrant or a traveling companion (usually a family member). Only 2% of immigrants were denied entry into the United States. <br>
  
*Name of the immigrant
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The passenger lists are usually two typed pages divided into columns and rows. When you select an image to view, sometimes the manifest includes more than one page, and when you use the "click to enlarge manifest" link, the image that appears is not always the first page.  To view the other page, use the "previous" or "next" links.
*Date of entry into the United States
 
  
If you do not know this information, check the federal census records after 1900.
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== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
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Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
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*The name of the person you are looking for
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*Location of departure
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*Approximate age
  
=== Search the Collection ===
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=== Search the Index ===
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{{Search Collection Link
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=== View the Images ===
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View images in this collection by visiting the '''{{RecordSearch|1368704|Browse Page|access=browse}}'''<br>
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Select '''NARA Roll Number''' to view the images<br><br>
  
To search the collection by name fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.  
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{{HR Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1368704 New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
  
If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection by image. <br>
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br>
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Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]].
⇒Select the appropriate "NARA Roll Number" which takes you to the images.
 
  
Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.
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==What Do I Do Next? ==
 
 
With either search keep in mind:
 
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
 
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
 
*Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
 
*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
 
*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
 
 
 
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
 
 
 
=== Using the Information  ===
 
 
 
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example, you can use passenger lists to:
 
  
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When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you biographical details which can lead you to other records about your ancestors.
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
 
*Learn an immigrant’s place of origin  
 
*Learn an immigrant’s place of origin  
 
*Confirm their date of arrival  
 
*Confirm their date of arrival  
 
*Learn foreign and “Americanized” names  
 
*Learn foreign and “Americanized” names  
 
*Find records in his or her country of origin such as emigrations, port records, or ship manifests
 
*Find records in his or her country of origin such as emigrations, port records, or ship manifests
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*If your ancestor had a common name, be sure to look at all the entries for a name before you decide which is correct
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*Continue to search the passenger lists to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who may have immigrated at the same time
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*If your ancestor has an uncommon surname, you may want to obtain the passenger list of every person who shares your ancestor’s surname if they lived in the same county or nearby. You may not know how or if they are related, but the information could lead you to more information about your own ancestors
  
=== Tips to Keep in Mind ===
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=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now? ===
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*Check for variant spellings. Realize that the indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings and misinterpretations
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*Entry clerks tried to record names correctly; however, mistakes may have been made in spelling foreign names. Often many second or third generation United States citizens Americanized their names, so the spelling in the passenger list may be different than the spelling that you are familiar with
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*Try a different index if there is one for the years needed. You may also need to search the passenger lists year by year
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*Search the indexes of other port cities
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*A fire broke out in the original buildings on 15 June 1897 destroying most of the immigrant records dating back to 1855.  Record of your ancestor’s arrival may have been among those records
  
*If your ancestor had a common name, be sure to look at all the entries for a name before you decide which is correct.  
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=== Research Helps ===
*Continue to search the passenger lists to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who may have immigrated at the same time.
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The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of [[New York, United States Genealogy|New York]].
*If your ancestor has an uncommon surname, you may want to obtain the passenger list of every person who shares your ancestor’s surname if they lived in the same county or nearby. You may not know how or if they are related, but the information could lead you to more information about your own ancestors.
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* [[Beginning Research in United States Immigration and Emigration Records]]
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* [[GuidedResearch:New York|New York Guided Research]]
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* [[New York Research Tips and Strategies|Research Tips and Strategies]]
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* [[Step-by-Step New York Research, 1880-Present|Step-by-Step Research]]
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* [[Searching Passenger Lists]]
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*Check for variant spellings. Realize that the indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings and misinterpretations.
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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=New-York-Passenger-Arrival-Lists-Ellis-Island-1892-1924-known-issues&lang=en article]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
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== Citing This Collection ==
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Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
  
=== General Information About These Records  ===
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Please note that when you select an image to view, sometimes the manifest includes more than one page and, when you use the "click to enlarge manifest" link, the image that appears is not always the first page of the record. You may need to click on the "previous" or "next" links to view the remaining pages of the full manifest.
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
 
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{{Contributor invite}}
The lists consist of large sheets of paper divided into columns and rows. They are usually typewritten and occupy two pages.
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[[Category:NARA_Emigration_and_Immigration_Records]]
 
 
Passenger arrival lists, known as customs manifests, date back to 1820. However, the first official emigration station for New York was Castle Garden, located at the tip of lower Manhattan. Congressional action in 1891 resulted in federal immigration officials recording the immigrants’ arrival. After January 1892, passengers arriving in New York debarked at Ellis Island, located east of Manhattan in the New York Harbor. From 1892 to 1924, almost all immigrants entered the United States through the port of New York.
 
 
 
The passenger arrival list was used by legal inspectors at Ellis Island to cross-examine each immigrant during a legal inspection prior to the person being allowed to live in America. Only two percent of the prospective immigrants were denied entry.
 
 
 
The information was supplied by the immigrant or a traveling companion (usually a family member). Incorrect information was occasionally given, or mistakes may have been made when the clerk guessed at the spelling of foreign names. These indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
 
 
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
 
 
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[New York, Passenger Arrival Lists, Ellis Island (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
 
 
 
== Related Web Sites  ==
 
 
 
*[http://www.searchforancestors.com/records/passenger_tousa.html Ancestor Search]
 
*[http://ellisisland.org/ The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.]
 
*[http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/EIDB Ellis Island JewishGen] has advanced search tools and access to lost manifests.
 
*[http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Ellis_Island Ellis Island WikiMedia Commons]
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
*[[Free Online New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1897|Free Online New Your Passenger Lists, 1820-1897]]
 
*[[New York Genealogy]]
 
*[[New York Emigration and Immigration]]
 
*[[New York, Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[New York, New York, Index to Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
 
 
== How You Can Contribute  ==
 
 
 
{{Contributor invite}}  
 
 
 
== Citations for This Collection ==
 
 
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.
 
 
 
'''Collection citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "New York, Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924." Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing NARA publications T715 and part of M237. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.}}<br><br>
 
 
 
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Ellis Island, New York, 
United States
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Record Description
Record Type Passenger Arrivals
Record Group RG 36: Records of the US Customs Service, RG 85: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
Collection years 1892-1924
Microfilm Publication M237:. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, 1820-1897. 675 rolls.
  T715:. Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels, Arriving at New York, NY, 1897-1957. 8,892 rolls.
Arrangement Chronological
National Archives Identifier 365 414
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
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National Archives and Records Administration


What is in This Collection?Edit

Index and images of passenger and crew lists of ships arriving at the port of New York. The Collection includes two National Archive microfilm publications:
Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, 1820-1897, M237

Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels, Arriving at New York, NY, 1897-1957, T715

  • Rolls 1 through 3595 covering the years 1897 through 1924 in, Record Group 85, Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
  • Microfilm publication T715 includes the manifest records from the Carpathia for 1912. The manifest records for 1912 include the list of 706 passengers rescued from the Titanic on April 15. The NARA Prologue Article “They Said It Couldn’t Sink” provides record details of the Titanic losses and the investigation into the Titanic’s sinking. The article mentions other related record groups and collections that include information on the Titanic sinking and the aftermath

To Browse This CollectionEdit

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924.

Image VisibilityEdit

Whenever possible FamilySearch makes images and indexes available for all users. However, rights to view these data are limited by contract and subject to change. Because of this there may be limitations on where and how images and indexes are available or who can see them. Please be aware some collections consist only of partial information indexed from the records and do not contain any images.

For additional information about image restrictions, please see the Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections page.

What Can These Records Tell Me?Edit

The following information may be found in these records:

Early Passenger lists

  • Name of immigrant
  • Accompanied by
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Occupation
  • Nationality
  • Last permanent residence
  • Destination
  • Port of entry
  • Name of vessel
  • Date of arrival

Later Passenger lists

  • Names of immigrants and close relatives
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Birthplaces, former residences, and intended destinations
  • Marital status
  • Nationality and race
  • Occupations
  • Date of arrival
  • Port of departure

Collection ContentEdit

Sample ImagesEdit

General Information About Passenger Arrival and Custom ListsEdit

Passenger arrival lists, or customs manifests, date back to 1820. The first official emigration station for New York was Castle Garden, located at the tip of lower Manhattan. Congressional action in 1891 resulted in federal immigration officials recording the immigrants’ arrival. After January 1892, passengers arriving in New York debarked at Ellis Island, located east of Manhattan in the New York Harbor. From 1892 to 1924, almost all immigrants entered the United States through the port of New York. When passengers arrived at Ellis Island, they were asked a series of questions designed to determine whether they would be able to support themselves and did not have any health problems. The information was supplied by the immigrant or a traveling companion (usually a family member). Only 2% of immigrants were denied entry into the United States.

The passenger lists are usually two typed pages divided into columns and rows. When you select an image to view, sometimes the manifest includes more than one page, and when you use the "click to enlarge manifest" link, the image that appears is not always the first page. To view the other page, use the "previous" or "next" links.

How Do I Search This Collection?Edit

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person you are looking for
  • Location of departure
  • Approximate age

Search the IndexEdit

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the ImagesEdit

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page
Select NARA Roll Number to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?Edit

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?Edit

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you biographical details which can lead you to other records about your ancestors.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?Edit

  • Learn an immigrant’s place of origin
  • Confirm their date of arrival
  • Learn foreign and “Americanized” names
  • Find records in his or her country of origin such as emigrations, port records, or ship manifests
  • If your ancestor had a common name, be sure to look at all the entries for a name before you decide which is correct
  • Continue to search the passenger lists to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who may have immigrated at the same time
  • If your ancestor has an uncommon surname, you may want to obtain the passenger list of every person who shares your ancestor’s surname if they lived in the same county or nearby. You may not know how or if they are related, but the information could lead you to more information about your own ancestors

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?Edit

  • Check for variant spellings. Realize that the indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings and misinterpretations
  • Entry clerks tried to record names correctly; however, mistakes may have been made in spelling foreign names. Often many second or third generation United States citizens Americanized their names, so the spelling in the passenger list may be different than the spelling that you are familiar with
  • Try a different index if there is one for the years needed. You may also need to search the passenger lists year by year
  • Search the indexes of other port cities
  • A fire broke out in the original buildings on 15 June 1897 destroying most of the immigrant records dating back to 1855. Record of your ancestor’s arrival may have been among those records

Research HelpsEdit

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of New York.

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