Best Immigrant Ancestors Websites in 2016

Best Immigrant Ancestors Websites in 2016

Trace your immigrant ancestors with the help of these five websites. 

Bremen Passenger Lists

Though most of the 738,000 searchable entries here come from 1920 to 1939, you’ll also find some from as far back as the mid-19th century.

Castle Garden

Can’t find your ancestors in Ellis Island records? Search for information on 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened, on this free site.

Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court

Even if your Midwestern family didn’t live in Chicago, they may have been naturalized there. This searchable collection of more than 500,000 naturalization petitions covering 1871 to 1929 primarily contains declarations of intention, which may be the only public record of an individual immigrant.

Digital Danish Emigration Archives

In addition to records of nearly 400,000 emigrants from Denmark (1868-1908), this site shares photos, letters and other documents, and even audio and video relating to the emigrant experience.

Ellis Island

After a dramatic makeover with lots of graphics and photos, this is the new home of the free Ellis Island passenger search website. The changes go far beyond appearances: Now numbering 51 million records, the site has added passenger records from the years 1925 through 1957.

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