Tips for Searching the New York Passenger Lists

Tips for Searching the New York Passenger Lists

Searching New York Passenger Lists

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, is free to search on the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation website.

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.


Find your ancestor’s citizenship records with tips from the Naturalization Records video download.

Baffled about where your ancestors originated? Stumped by passenger records? Understanding naturalization records can unlock the answers you’re after. Learn about the two-step citizenship process, the records it created, and how to find and use them—including five different ways to track down naturalization documents.

In this video presentation, you’ll learn about the naturalization process and paperwork and how to locate your ancestors’ records.

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  • Five different approaches to finding naturalization records
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  • What information will naturalization records tell me (that other records won’t)?
  • What alternatives are there if there are no naturalization records?

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