If your ancestors arrived through the port of New York before Ellis Island, start seeking their passenger records with this searchable database of 11 million records of arrivals through America’s first official immigration center (1820-1892). Some 63,000 records were added last year, making the online Castle Garden collection nearly complete at last.
Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court
Even if your immigrant ancestor didn’t settle in Chicago proper, he may have trekked there to file naturalization paperwork. You can find out for free, searching this index to more than 500,000 naturalization petitions (1871-1929) by name or partial name, birthdate, birthplace and occupation.
The new Statue of Liberty “Torch Cam” may not help you find your immigrant ancestors, but the massive database here will. It covers 17 million passenger arrivals through the port of New York from 1892 to 1924.
One-Step Web Pages
Genealogy database wizard Steve Morse means “one step” literally, as his powerful site swiftly retrieves relatives from Ellis Island, Castle Garden, Baltimore, Boston, Galveston, Philadelphia and San Francisco passenger records. The same magic works on censuses and vital records here, plus the site helps users stumped by foreign alphabets and genetic genealogy.
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From the September 2013 Family Tree Magazine