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 (also called ship manifests or ship passenger lists) online. These New York passenger lists include the Castle Garden (1855-1890), Barge Office (1890-1891 and 1897-1900), and Ellis Island (1892-1897 and 1900-1924) periods.

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

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

New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1891 at FamilySearch free with registration
From National Archives microfilm publication M237

New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924 at FamilySearch free with registration
From National Archives microfilm publications M237 and T715

New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1925-1957 at FamilySearch free with registration
From National Archives microfilm publication T715

For a more detailed look at New York ship passenger lists, see:
New York Passenger Lists Guide, 1820-1967 includes information about alternate resources and finding aids

Passenger Lists of World War II Refugees and Displaced Persons
Ancestry has this database:
Africa, Asia and Europe, Passenger Lists of Displaced Persons, 1946-1971 (free with registration)

This database is derived from this set of records from the Arolsen Archives in Germany: Lists of Passengers who emigrated from Europe, Africa, and Asia between 1946 and 1971. It contains about 1.7 million entries; about 500,000 of those are for New York arrivals.

The database consists of passenger lists of immigrants who left Germany and other European ports and airports between 1946-1971. The majority of the immigrants listed in this collection are displaced persons: Holocaust survivors, former concentration camp inmates and Nazi forced laborers, as well as refugees from Central and Eastern European countries and some non-European countries.

Additional Information About World War II Refugees and Passenger Lists:
The U.S. National Archives generally does not have passenger lists of World War II refugees who arrived in the U.S. on military transport ships. Many refugees arrived on commercial ships and should be listed on the passenger lists for those ships. You also 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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