Between 1820 and 1920, nearly 80 percent of US immigrant arrivals landed at New York ports. Now the full run of New York passenger and customs lists, 1820 to 1957, are free to search on the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation website.
Searching New York Passenger Lists in Five Steps
A. Search nearly 65 million names, including immigrants, ships’ crew, and other travelers who passed through New York harbor.
B. Click an icon to add the parameter to your search before you run it—or wait until you see results to apply these parameters.
C. Passenger names in search results link to record images (you’ll need a free site login to view them). You can’t download the images, but you can click to order high-quality prints.
D. Choose Ellis Island History from this drop-down menu for a timeline synopsis of the immigrant experience at Ellis Island. Choose Ship Search to see ship images, information and passenger manifests for specific arrival dates.
E. Trouble finding family? Try searching New York passengers at your favorite genealogy website or via One-Step Webpages by Stephen P. Morse. These searches may pick up results missed by the Ellis Island site.
A version of this article appeared in the December 2018 issue of Family Tree Magazine.