You’ll need to create a free registration to view search results on EllisIsland.org and to take advantage of options such as saving searches and annotating records. To create a user name and password, click Sign In at the top right, then Yes, I Am New To This Site on the right. Then get oriented by going to the home page and hovering your mouse over the links at the top of the page for a pull-down menu with related options, including:
You also can read the latest newsletter of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, become a Sustaining Member and see sponsoring organizations of the American Family Immigration History Center.
Searching passenger lists
Basic search: On the EllisIsland.org home page, you can search for a passenger by first and last names, year of birth (plus or minus seven years, if you choose) and gender. You also can access these basic search options by going to the Passenger Search menu and selecting New Search. All fields except the last name are optional.
Searching alternate sites
Ancestry.com, like the One-Step Gold Form, lets you search on port of departure—usually, the last stop, not necessarily the starting point. An immigrant from Germany could be on the list for a ship from Liverpool, England. You also can browse Ancestry.com’s passenger lists by selecting the arrival date and ship name. If you know only the date of arrival, browse through all the ships on that date.
Using search results
If your relative was among the throngs arriving at the nation’s busiest immigration port, EllisIsland.org just may hold the key to a “golden door” of family history finds.
Owner: The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., 17 Battery Place #210, New York, NY 10004, (212) 561-4588, firstname.lastname@example.org
- free searching and viewing records passenger record certificate: $29
- ship manifest: $29 (11×17 inches) or $39 (17×22 inches) per page
- ship image, $10 (5×7 inches) or $12.50 (9×12 inches)
- records of 25 million passenger arrivals at the port of New York from 1892 to 1924
- images of more than 8 million passenger ships
- 700,000 names on the American Immigrant Wall of Honor
1993 LDS Church volunteers begin transcribing passenger records
2001 The American Family Immigration History Center opens; EllisIsland.org launches
2002 EllisIsland.org reaches 3 billion hits; One-Step site temporarily closes after Ellis Island complains about “deep linking”