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Finding New York Passenger Arrival Records 1820-1957

Castle Garden, Ellis Island and New York Passenger Lists Guide

New York Passenger Lists - Introduction
The links listed below will take you to webpages with information about how you can search for New York passenger arrival records (sometimes called immigration records), online and off. New York indexes and online images are listed first, followed by New York indexes and passenger lists on microfilm. The microfilmed records are available from the National Archives (to 1957) or the LDS Family History Library (to 1942).

These New York passenger lists include the Castle Garden, Barge Office and Ellis Island periods.

Online New York Passenger Lists Indexes and Scanned Records...

New York Online Passenger Lists Index and Images 1820-1957 includes digitized images from National Archives microfilm publications M237 and T715; requires payment - part of an Ancestry subscription

New York Passenger Lists Index 1820-1892 index only; no images; free to use

Ellis Island Online Database 1892-1924 information and research tips


Microfilm and Other New York Passenger Lists Indexes...

New York Index 1820-1846 Microfilm information

New York Indexes & Resources 1847-1897 Books & Online Databases

New York Index 1897-1902 FHL & NARA Microfilm Roll Numbers

New York Index 1902-1943 FHL & NARA Microfilm Roll Numbers New York Index 1944-1948 NARA Microfilm Roll Numbers Only (not available at the FHL)


New York Passenger Lists Available on Microfilm...

New York Passenger Lists 1820-1897 FHL & NARA Roll Numbers

New York Passenger Lists 1897-1942 FHL Roll Numbers [at the Jewishgen.org website]

New York Passenger Lists 1897-1957 NARA Roll Numbers & Information [at the NARA website]


Passenger Lists of World War II Refugees

The National Archives generally does not have passenger lists of World War II refugees who arrived in the U.S. on military transport ships. You may be able to obtain the A-File (Alien File) of the person you are looking for from the USCIS (formerly the INS). This file might provide you with ship arrival information for that person. (See: Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives of the United States, 3rd Edition. Washington, DC: NARA, 2000. Pages 81-82.) For information on requesting records such as A-Files using the Freedom of Information Act see the post-1906 section at the Naturalization Records webpage listed below...

Obtaining Naturalization Records...

Finding U.S. Naturalization Records (a genealogy guide)


Beyond New York (Researching at Other Ports)...

Finding Passenger Lists 1820 to the 1940s


Researching Before 1820...

Finding Passenger Lists Before 1820



New York Vital Records Indexes and Genealogy Records on the Internet



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