5-Step Search for Your Immigrant Ancestor
1: Search for your immigrant ancestor in the five major ports of arrival
- New York New York,
New Orleans Louisiana
If you don't find your immigrant ancestor in a large port city, then try smaller
ports of arrival - Virginia, Connecticut,
North Carolina, Maine, Rhode
Florida, New Jersey, New Hampshire,
Michigan, Alaska, California, Hawaii and Washington
Still can't find your immigrant ancestor on an American ships passenger list?
Canadian Port of Arrival and the
border crossing records (Saint Albans Lists).
Search for ships passengers in Ethnic Groups immigrating to America, other miscellaneous
ports of arrival, Ships Passenger Lists
on NARA microfilm, J.J.
Cooke Shipping Agent Records, Castle
Garden New York Ships Passenger Lists 1855-1890, Ellis
Island New York Ships Passenger Lists 1894-1927 & Naturalization Records