Cannot find ship’s manifest for family arriving in the US around 1890

How do I find ship manifests?

Use Form NATF 81or order online to obtain copies of inbound Federal passenger arrival manifests for ships and airplanes, 1820-1959. Passenger arrival and departure records dated post 1957 were filmed by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and the original paper records were not retained.

Where can I find immigration records from the 1800s?

The National Archives has immigration records for arrivals to the United States from foreign ports between approximately 1820 and December 1982 (with gaps). The records are arranged by port or airport of arrival.

What was the manifest on Ellis Island?

Ship Manifest

The ship companies that transported these passengers kept detailed passenger lists, called “Ship Manifests” which were used to examine immigrants upon arrival in the United States.

How do you find relatives who came through Ellis Island?

Ellis Island has an online searchable database, created by the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Foundation, of 22.5 million arrivals to New York between 1892 – 1924. Registration is required but free, and you can view scanned images of actual passenger manifests. You can also purchase copies through the site.

When did the US start keeping immigration records?

Consistent record keeping related to immigration did not begin until 1820 when it became mandatory for vessels arriving from foreign ports to file a passenger list with the United States Customs Collector.

How do you find out when your ancestors came to America?

The primary resource for most genealogical research in the United States is the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and every year more documents and records are being made available online.

Does Family Search have immigration records?

Historical Records. Understand the different kinds of historical records that might mention your ancestor’s hometown, including immigration records. Many of these records can be found for free on

Can you get immigration records online?

Freedom of Information and Privacy Act (FOIA)

Use our online FOIA system to request your own immigration record, another person’s immigration record, or non-A-File information such as policies, data, or communications.

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