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SHIPS PASSENGER LISTS
Russians 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 Russians to America ancestors you will want to consult
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
Russians to America, 1850-1896 Americans of Russian or Jewish heritage will find this searchable collection of passenger list information invaluable
Online Immigration Records (Fee-based)
Immigrants to America,1600s-1800s
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
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.
Russian Consulate Records in Canada & USA
The LI-RA-MA Collection (MG 30 E 406) consists of documents created by the Imperial Russian Consular offices in Canada during the period 1898 to 1922. The Passport/Identity Papers series consists of about 11,400 files on Russian and East European immigrants (Jews, Ukrainians, Poles, Finns, etc.) who settled in Canada in the first two decades of the twentieth century. The files include documents such as passport applications and background questionnaires.
Microfilm copies of the LI-RA-MA Collection are available through the inter-institutional loan arrangement. The nominal card index to the Passport/Identity series appears on the following microfilm reels:
Once you have consulted the index and identified files of interest to you, the microfilm copies of those records can also be borrowed. See LI-RA-MA COLLECTION: RUSSIAN CONSULAR RECORDS
SERIES IV: PASSPORT/IDENTITY PAPERS MG 30, E 406
- Reel no. ;First entry ; Last entry
- H-1971 ;AALTONEN, Kalle Emil to GLINSKII, Egor Nikolaev
- H-1972 ;GLINSKY, George to LABLUK
- H-1973 ;LABON, Sergei Stepanov to POPOFSKY, Moses
- H-1974 ;POTSOKHO to VISHNIAK
- H-1975 ;VISHTAK, Avtonom Iakovlevich to ZYWIC
The National Archives in Washington, D.C., holds a similar collection of records compiled by the Russian Consular offices in the United States. For further information, consult Sallyann Sack's publication The Russian Consular Records Index and Catalogue, or contact the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Washington, P.O. Box 31122, BETHESDA MD 20824-1122.
Online Free Ships Passenger Lists
Search for passengers Use Olive Tree Custom Search Engines to search multiple sites (choose search engines by state of arrival)
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