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SHIPS PASSENGER LISTS
Ships Passenger Lists, Italian Immigration to USA & Canada
Pre-1820 Approximately 650,000 individuals of all nationalities arrived in America before 1820. Most were English and Welsh. Smaller numbers of German, Irish, Scotch-Irish, Dutch, French, Spanish, African, and other nationalities also arrived. These immigrants tended to settle in the eastern, middle-Atlantic, and southern states. Before January 1, 1820, the U.S. Federal Government did not require captains or masters of vessels to present a passenger list to U.S. officials. The lists that remain for the period before 1820 are varied in content. They range from name only lists to giving the person's full name, age, and country of origin.
1820-1880 Over 10 million immigrants came from northern Europe, the British Isles, and Scandinavia between 1820 and 1880. There was a large increase in the number of immigrants from Germany and Ireland beginning in the 1840s and 1850s. Some settled in large eastern and midwestern cities, but most migrated to the midwest and west.
1880-1920 More than 25 million immigrants, mainly from southern and eastern Europe came to USA. Many came from Germany, Italy, Ireland, Austria-Hungary, Russia, and England. Many settled in the larger cities, including New York City, Chicago, and Philadelphia. From 1820 to 1902 Custom Passengers Lists were kept the Customs Department. In 1883 the Immigration and Naturalization Service started keeping the records, and these are referred to as Immigration Passenger Lists
To find your Italians to America ancestors you will want to consult
Italians to America, 1880-1893 Ships Passenger Lists
Fully indexed CD with approximately 413,000 individuals who immigrated to the United States from Italy between 1880 and 1893
Ships Passenger Lists Index, 1500s-1900s Indexed CD with names of approximately 3,530,000 individuals who arrived in United States and Canadian ports. Or search online Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s [$]
Indexed CD with names of approximately 3,530,000 individuals who arrived in United States and Canadian ports
Online Immigration Records (Fee-based)
Italian Passengers to Louisiana, 1905-10 Included in the lists are names, ages, occupations, native countries or towns, and destinations for more than 7,000 Italian immigrants
Ships Passenger Lists on Microfilm
NARA & FHC Microfilm Reel Numbers Passenger Lists to North America 1820 to 1957
For help with Naturalization Records, plus online searchable databases, see NaturalizationRecords.com
Online Articles & Research Advice
Italian First Names Great way to check Americanized names to see what the Italian version is
Immigration to USA Before 1820
Immigration to USA After 1820
Naturalization & Citizenship Records USA (PART 1) What the Records contain
Naturalization & Citizenship Records USA (PART 2) Where to Find the Records
Manifest Markings: A Guide to Interpreting Passenger List Annotations (1892-1943) by Marian L. Smith, the Historian of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service
If the exact date of arrival of a ship is known, you can
read the arrival report in newspapers. For example,
The New York Times which began publication in September 1851, is available at many large libraries. The type of vessel is normally indicated on the arrival
report, which may also give information about events on the voyage. Sometimes names are also given, although full passenger lists are not. You can search the NY Times online! Search
1881-1906 These are off-site pay databases but you may be able to use a free trial offer to view them.
Online Free Ships Passenger Lists
Search for ancestors on Passenger List of Ship Federico from Genova Italy to Buenos Aires, Argentina 30 March 1961
Search for passengers Use Olive Tree Custom Search Engines to search multiple sites (choose search engines by state of arrival)
The United States data bank created by Temple University - Balch Institute - Center for Immigration Research (Philadelphia), directed by Ira Glazier. It contains the files on about 200,000 Italian emigrants recorded in the Ship Passenger Lists who arrived in New York between 1880 and 1891. Registration required but free
Ellis Island Ships Passenger Lists Search passenger records to New York from 1892 to 1924
AllCensusRecords.com Search Census Records all years in USA & Canada. Comparison chart of online sites and what census records they have
If you don't know the year your ancestor arrived in the USA, search the 1870, 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 census for the year of immigration! Naturalization status is also given.
Looking for other USA records? See USA GENEALOGY
for searchable genealogy databases