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Expanded Ellis Island Immigrant Records 1820-1957 Online

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What do over a 100 million Americans have in common? Their ancestors immigrated through Ellis Island or one of the New York Harbor immigration stations that preceded it. FamilySearch and The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. announced today the entire collection of Ellis Island New York Passenger Arrival Lists from 1820 to 1957 are now available online on both websites giving the opportunity to the descendants of over 100 million arrivals to discover their ancestors quicker and free of charge.

Originally preserved on microfilm, 9.3 million images of historical New York passenger records spanning 130 years were digitized and indexed in a massive effort by 165,590 online FamilySearch volunteers. The result is a free searchable online database containing 63.7 million names, including immigrants, crew, and other passengers traveling to and from the United States through the nation’s largest port of entry.

“The Foundation is delighted to make these immigration records accessible to the public for free for the first time,” said Stephen A. Briganti, President and CEO of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. “This completes the circle of our decades-long collaboration with the team from FamilySearch, which began with providing the public with unprecedented access to their genealogy and sparking a world-wide phenomenon linking past and present.”

The expanded collections can be searched at the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation’s website or at FamilySearch in three collections, representing three distinct periods of migration history.

famous-immigrants-NY-Ellis-IslandThe ship manifests list passengers, their names, age, last place of residence, who is sponsoring them in America, the port of departure, and their date of arrival in New York Harbor and sometimes other interesting information, such as how much money they carried on them, number of bags, and where on the ship they resided during its sail from overseas.

For millions of Americans, the first chapter in the story of their lives in the New World was written on tiny Ellis Island located in upper New York Bay off the coast of Manhattan Island. An estimated 40 percent of Americans are descended from those who emigrated, primarily from European countries in the period from 1892 to 1954. Millions of them passed through Ellis Island’s immigration center in route to lives in “the land of the free”.

A lesser known fact is that what we know today as “Ellis Island” didn’t exist before 1892. Ellis Island’s predecessor—Castle Garden—was actually America’s first immigration center. Today it is known as Castle Clinton National Park, a 25-acre waterfront historical park located within The Battery, one of New York City’s oldest parks and the departure point for tourists visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

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About the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 to raise funds for and oversee the historic restorations of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, working in partnership with the National Park Service/U.S. Department of the Interior. In addition to restoring the monuments, the Foundation created museums on both islands, The American Immigrant Wall of Honor®, the American Family Immigration History Center®, and the Peopling of America Center® which transformed the museum into the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. Its newest project will be the new Statue of Liberty Museum. The Foundation’s endowment has funded over 200 projects at the islands.

About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Madeline June Smeltzer
21
September
2018
Trying to locate arrival info on Gottlieb Zurschmeide b. 1898 in Wilderswil Switzerland. Arrived in about 1919. Specifically I need the names of his parents.
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Jim Yamnitzky
18
September
2018
Looking for records for family name of Yamnitzky
Susan O'Bryan Cornett
18
September
2018
Trying to trace my 5th great grandfather, Geraldous O'Bryan
Neil Kirby
16
September
2018
My grandaunt Mary Anne Roycroft emigrated from Co Cork Ireland to Massachusetts in July 1871 together with her husband John Roycroft. I would like to view their immigration papers.
Keith Lange
15
September
2018
Looking for Info on Carl Waldemar Peterson and Esther Sophia Larson Peterson
arthur schmidtke
13
September
2018
Looking for Arthur Schmidtke husband of Selma Schmidtke both from germany don't know where they settled in the United States
Alma Wright
06
September
2018
I am looking for Miles Kelley and Bridget McMahon Kelley. They came from Ireland in the 1800's to Ellis Island then made their way to Chattanooga, Tennessee. Thank you, Alma Wright
Janet Lum
06
September
2018
I am looking for John O Donnell, John O DOnnell and Mary Kay O Donnell that came to this country early 1900 s
Cathy newman
05
September
2018
From Ireland - David McKenna - 9-1924 or 9-1925 - was on Ellis island for 6 weeks before he was released to come into this country and his destination was St. Louis, Missouri - do you show records that he was there 6 weeks - they could have spelt his name as mckeene - born 3-23-1900 or there is a record of 3-25-1903 - born in Leitrim, ireland
Lynne
04
September
2018
I am looking for people who came from Sweeden in 1600's that went to Dedham Massachusetts.
Millie Gooch
04
September
2018
Looking for information on the Hardtner and Apple families who came from Germany
Lisa
05
September
2018
In our family, we have "Appel." They pronounced it apple, but the correct is "a-PELL" You may want to search that spelling.
ALMA CARTMELL
04
September
2018
looking for meisenheimers from germany
Priscilla
03
September
2018
I am looking a person born between 1880-1890 who came from Germany to South Africa and all I have is a surname, if I do a DNA is there a possibility to trace who he is.
Thank you
Priscilla
Heather Fulmore
03
September
2018
I am looking for any information on my great-grandfather on my mom's side of the family who left St Kitts/Nevis to sale to New York probably sometime in 1918. His name was Charles Cornelius Hamilton. He probably traveled with his family.
Lawrence Patterson
03
September
2018
Looking for records on "Theodore Patterson" born roughly 1824 in Denmark, Passed in 1889 Ontario Canada. Unable to find any records beyond Canada.
RayNell Foster Pedigo
03
September
2018
Looking for ancestors Foster, Scanlan. Foster may be from Scotland, England, Germany. Scanlan from Ireland
Sally Mohammed Linarez
02
September
2018
My father was born in 1892 came to United States at the age of 16. He was born in Pakistan. Came with his Uncle Baboo Dean. No nothing from time he came married my mom in 1930 in Newcastle, Calif.
Lillie Van Buskirk-Jackson
02
September
2018
Looking for my great-grandfather's father and mother. Great-Grandfather name Joseph Van Buskirk. I only show his parents came from Holland (pet notstions in family bible). I have found some relatives but seems no one can trace back past Joseph. He was born on New York or New Jersey we think. Any help would be appreciated.
Lillie Van Buskirk-Jackson
02
September
2018
Error on birth place....born in Pennsylvania abt 1811
mary martin
03
September
2018
Hi: could this be him? You see the Van is missing from the name so in your search I would try the name without the Van as well as with it. If so what was the wife's name. To go back further would help to find marriage then you would have Joseph's Father's name. Joseph Buskirk
Event Type: Burial
Event Date: 1890
Event Place: Penfield, Clearfield, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Photograph Included: N
Birth Date: 12 Jan 1811
Death Date: Sep 1890
Affiliate Record Identifier: 57878355
Cemetery: Bundy Cemetery
Lillie van Buskirk-Jackson
10
September
2018
Hi! My name is Kim Pehrson. I have been working on my own Dutch records and have found the wiewaswie site most helpful. By submitting just van Buskirk, 11 records from NY appeared. Hope this helps. Good luck! Kim
Ann Stevens
02
September
2018
Looking for information abut John F Kennedy, my maternal great grandfather, who come from Ireland in 1800's. He was born 26 August, 1842, in Longford, Ireland. I believe he arrived before the Civil War and served on the Union side in New Mexico. He was an engineer and helped build the railroad between Texas and New Mexico after the war, living in Houston, Texas until his death on 17 January, 1916.
Kelly Green
02
September
2018
Looking for information about Amanda B Harris and her family that integrated through Ellis Island