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Immigration After 1820 Quick Start
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Passenger Lists began in 1820. They
usually give the immigrant’s name, age, sex, occupation, country of origin, port
of departure, destination, date of arrival, and name of the vessel.
Immigration lists or “ship manifests”, which first began being used in
1883, give more detailed information.
This might include the exact birthplace, last residence, physical
description, town of last residence, and names and addresses of relatives in the
Full Name __________________________________________ Approximate Age _______
Approximate Date of
If you do not know the year of arrival, try searching a 1900, 1910, 1920 or 1930 census first.
It will help if you
also know or can find your ancestor’s….
Name of Ship ________________________________
Place of Settlement in
Date and Place Naturalized __________________________
Immigration Collection, which is free if accessed through MFSL “Start Search,
Find Ancestors, Ancestry, Ancestry”.
General Lists for
Passenger lists online – http://www.germanroots.com/wee-monster-genealogy.html
CyndisList – Ships & Passenger Lists – www.CyndisList.com/ships.htm, Go to Ships & Passenger lists; General Resource Sites, Passenger lists on the internet.
Mormon Immigration – Index CD on most computers (Vital Records Viewer). Includes journal entries, will soon be online.
Immigration Ships Transcribers Guild – www.immigrantship.net/, listed by port of entry.
Passenger and immigration Lists: Boston 1821-1850 – available on 2 CD computers by the “stacks,” CD # 9000305.
Slave manifests – http://www.afrigeneas.com/slavedata/manifests.html. This is a manifest for the
Index of 1890 & 1891
Passenger Lists from mainly UK and Continental Europe to
InGeneas Canadian Passenger Records from 18th to 20th century – http://www.inGeneas.com/ingeneas/index.html
Additional access to Ellis Island website and other immigration records – www.stephenmorse.org/
Index to Passenger Lists Arriving at New York 1820-1943 (List of film numbers) – can be found on the West wall reference area in a Black Book numbered (REF) 973 W32.
To Find German Immigrants(To access German Quick Start click here)
Filby, P. William,
Immigrant Ships – Louis S. Alfano
Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies – www.hsp.org (Historical Society of Pennsylvania)
TheShipsList Home Page – www.TheShipsList.com
The genealogy page – www.archives.gov
Morton-Allan Directory – lists arrival date for every steamship entering
Steuart, Bradley W., Passenger Ships Arriving in NY Harbor, 1820-1850, Volume 1, (S) 974.71 W3s
Research Outlines are available in the Copy Room or at: www.familysearch.org
Tracing Immigration Origins