The database covers immigrants through multiple points of entry, including major Atlantic port cities. The 10 million-plus names in the collection’s initial offering were culled from records such as ships’ passenger lists, port arrivals and naturalization documents. More specifically, the collection includes:
• New York Passenger Lists, 1851-1859: Currently this database — available online only at Ancestry.com — contains 2 million names. MyFamily.com says it will add more records in the coming months to ultimately cover more than 11 million immigrants through 1892. You can search the lists by name, and the results link to document images copied from National Archives and Records Administration microfilm. This part of the collection isn’t available through Ancestry-Plus, the genealogical-data subscription service sold to libraries.
• Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 15005-1900s: This index of US and Canadian ports (also available from Ancestry.com’s sister site, Genealogy.com <www.genealogy.com>) includes naturalization records, church records, family and local histories, voter registrations, census schedules and land records.
Other smaller databases total 4 million immigrants through ports such as Boston, Philadelphia and New Orleans from 1820 through 1850.
With MyFamily.com’s promise to add names weekly until there are “well over 25 million names in the collection in the coming year” (according to a press release), should you subscribe now or wait for more goods? Read our review of the US Immigration Collection in the June 2004 Family Tree Magazine.
You can access the US Immigration Collection at Ancestry.com for $19.95 monthly, $39.95 quarterly or $79.95 annually. Current Ancestry.com subscribers can add an annual subscription to their accounts for $39.95.