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Passenger List << Immigration Records <<

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Ship Passenger Arrival List 1820-1892 Guide

Immigration Records-
Ship Passenger Arrival List
What's In Them Where to Find Them How to Use Them***

Almost always include:

  • Each immigrant's name
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Occupation
  • Country of origin


  • May also include:
  • Names and information about others traveling with your ancestor
  • Unexpected detail, such as the actual city or town of origin (rare)
  • General compiled sources such as P. William Filby's Passenger and Immigration Lists or the FHL Catalog:
    http://www.familysearch.org/
     Search/searchcatalog.asp

    National Archives:
    archives.gov/genealogy/immigration/

    Online & CD transcription projects

    Emigration Records

  • To discover when your ancestor arrived in the U.S.
  • To find out which country your ancestor was from
  • To learn roughly when he or she was born
  • To find the occupation of your ancestor
  • To uncover family relationships
  • To find evidence of chain migration
  • To perhaps find the name of a county, town or place more specific than a country
  • To learn the dividing line time-wise of when to focus your research in the U.S. and when to focus on the country of origin
  • *** Please share your suggestions for other uses of information found in family records here

    For more information on these important records, be sure to catch the Immigration Records episode of Ancestors on your local PBS station.

     
     
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