Free Immigration Records on Ancestry.com Through Oct. 23

By Diane Haddad

Ancestry.com is offering free access to its immigration records collection from now through Oct. 23 at midnight ET.

The promotion highlights this week’s episode of “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” which Ancestry.com sponsors. Watch chefs Aarón Sánchez, Tom Colicchio and Ming Tsai learn about their immigrant ancestors Tuesday night at 8 ET/7 CT.

Click here to start searching Ancestry.com immigration records.

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I gave the offer a try, and I’m relatively certain that this is the passenger record for my third-great-grandfather Franz Edward Thoss, showing his arrival at the port of New York, Feb. 10, 1837, on the Tiber, which left from Bremen.

This is for my great-granduncle, Ralph E. Thoss, coming back from World War II on the Vulcania, which arrived Nov. 10, 1945, from Le Havre, France. (Here’s a neat website about the “cigarette camps” through which WWII troops moved when arriving and departing the port of Le Havre. Ralph was at Camp Phillip Morris.)

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