Best Immigrant Genealogy Websites of 2015

Best Immigrant Genealogy Websites of 2015

Find where and when your ancestors immigrated to the United States with these websites. Bremen Passenger Lists Search more than 738,000 entries from this popular departure port, spanning 1920 to 1939 (many earlier lists were destroyed). You’ll also find some mid-19th century emigration lists.   Castle Garden...

Find where and when your ancestors immigrated to the United States with these websites.
Search more than 738,000 entries from this popular departure port, spanning 1920 to 1939 (many earlier lists were destroyed). You’ll also find some mid-19th century emigration lists.
 
Before the better-known Ellis Island arrival port, passengers through the port of New York were processed at Castle Garden. This searchable database covering 11 million arrivals from 1820 through 1892 is now nearly complete, and may solve the puzzle of why you can’t find your kin in the Ellis Island database.
Your family didn’t have to live in Chicago to be naturalized there, so it’s worth checking this database of more than 500,000 naturalization petitions from 1871 to 1929 for any immigrants who landed in the Midwest. Searching is available by name or partial name, birthplace and even occupation.
Note the new web address for this database of 394,000 names of emigrants from Denmark between May 1868 and 1908. The records were kept by the Copenhagen police to deter emigrant scams.

Ellis Island

The free Ellis Island passenger search website, launched in the early 2000s, has undergone a dramatic makeover during the past year. This new site combines the contents of the former Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty, Wall of Honor and Flag of Faces websites. It’s also adding millions of additional passenger records from the years 1925 through 1957 to the 25 million records from 1892 to 1924. Registered users of the old EllisIsland.org will need to select a new password by clicking the Log In link in the top right corner of the site and choosing Forgot Password, or you can opt to log in with Facebook. 

Visiting this Harvard site is like taking a virtual course in immigration history, drawing on over 400,000 pages from more than 2,200 books, pamphlets and serials, over 9,600 pages from manuscript and archival collections, and more than 7,800 photographs. 
Find your emigrating Finnish family in this online collection of 318,000 passenger-list records, 268,000 passport records and other resources. Searching is free, but full access to the resulting data costs about $22 a year.
 

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