FindMyPast Adds 21 Million New York Passenger Lists

(FindMyPast – March, 10, 2016)

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New York Passenger Lists and Arrivals contains over 21 million records of immigrants from England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and other countries who arrived in the port between the middle of the nineteenth century and the middle of the twentieth century.

The early records coincide with the Great Irish Famine, when millions of families left Ireland for America, while later records document the beginning of mass migration from other parts of Europe, prior to the creation of Ellis Island. These earlier immigrants passed through the immigration center known as Castle Garden. As the country’s largest city and port, New York received more immigrants than any other city, with roughly 7.5 million people passing through Castle Garden. Records in this collection cover much of the Castle Garden period.

Each record consists of a transcript of an original ship’s passenger lists that will list your ancestors name, birth year, country of origin, occupation, departure port, arrival date and the name of the ship they sailed on. A number of records will also include an image of the original document which may reveal additional information such as they part of the vessel your ancestor stayed in and whether or not they could read and write and in what language.

Arriving in New York City was just the first step of a long journey for many families in the United States. Use these records to find out new information that will allow you to expand your family history and continue your research. Keep in mind that many families did not arrive in a single group as It was common for the head of a family would travel ahead to prepare the way for his wife and children. Families often made their way to areas where distant relatives or those from their former homeland had previously settled, whether in New York or other cities and states.

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