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.
How far back do Immigration records go?
Locating Immigration Records
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.
Does FamilySearch have passenger lists?
You can find customs passenger lists on FamilySearch.org, Ancestry.com, and MyHeritage.com, and many other places, such as in the National Archives. At FamilySearch.org, databases are free to search, although a free account is required.
How do I find Ellis Island records?
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.
How can I find the passenger list of a ship?
Online images of these passenger lists are becoming available on the Internet at web sites such as the Ellis Islands Database and Ancestry.com. Online transcripts of some passenger lists are on some websites, such as the Ship Transcriber’s Guild, and others.
What port did German immigrants leave from?
Southern and western Germans tended to emigrate through the ports of Bremen or Le Havre. Northern and eastern Germans tended to leave through Hamburg. The records of departures from these ports are called passenger lists.
What ports did immigrants enter the US?
The five major U.S. arrival ports for immigration in the 19th and 20th centuries: New York, Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New Orleans. Castle Garden was America’s first official immigration center. It was designated in 1855. The website provides online access to the index cards for the records.
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.