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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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Gloria Robinson
24
March
2019
I am in search of information regarding both my grandfather, John Drjenka--who I believe came through Ellis Island about 1904. He came from Hungary (although I do believe he may have been in England studying at Oxford.) I understand that the American spelling is Drenka or Dranko---as I had a Great Uncle, Paul, who settled in Chicago and took one of the spellings.
kennedy, lawrence
20
March
2019
I am looking for information about my great grandfather that immigrated from Ireland unknown date. He was born around 1851.
Dedecek
18
March
2019
Dobry den .Snazim se najit dedecka.Jan Janos Kadet,naroz.21.1.1904 v Klacanech,okr.Velke kapusany.Kdyz se tatinek narodil v roce 1936,tak dedecek nekam zmizel.Nikdy ho nepoznal.Patrala jsem na internetu,nasla jsem na stance MyHeritage,zaznamy pohrsovanych z te doby.Jmeno prijmeni souhlasi,i rok naroz.,ale nejde otevrit odkaz.Pise se tam Ellis Island a dalsi New York,seznamy pasezeru,1820-1957.Byla bych Vam moc vdecna i muj tatinek,kdyby se o nem neco dozvedel.Dekuji s pozdravem Sona Thurrova
Nancy mara
16
March
2019
Elisabeth Wendler arrived 1856 from Germany
pete lehr
14
March
2019
I am for looking for date of arrival of John Benkler and other information and or documents of his coming to USA. I think it was around the 1840's. Thank you.
Bethany Laccone
10
March
2019
I'm looking on information on my great grandparents. They arrived to Ellis Island in the early 1900s from Lithuania. Great grandmothers name is Mary Wallace Dyer. I was told her husband's name was John Dyer but that's not confirmed. Mary had one daughter, my grandmother Eleanor Jean Dyer who later married Gillio Laccone. Any information up the Dyer ladder would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Rita
07
March
2019
Looking for Elizabeth and Mary Martin came from Donegal Ireland. In the late 1800's
Carlos Uccellini
06
March
2019
I would like to know if and when Carlos Uccelini and his wife, Gemma Ferrari, came to America. Thank you very much.

Marc Gronich
518-588-2507 -- cell / text
michael kennedy
04
March
2019
Michael robinson
Renata Benedetti
26
February
2019
Trying to find information on grandfather who came from Germany with wife and two children. We were told they arrived in 1923, on the ship named York, however we search and can’t find this to be accurate.
Eversoll’s
23
February
2019
Family history.... all I know is that my fathers family is from Germany
Linda J Smith
20
February
2019
I am looking for record of my grandmother Signe Hilding and her brother Carl Holding. He arrived April 5, 1907.
I believe she came before, but not sure.
From Rok Sweden.
federico blanco
19
February
2019
hola buenas tardes, ando buscando información sobre mi bisabuelo marcos defendis, hijo de sergio defendis y antonia garofoli, en la partida de defuncion dice que nació en vichello en la provincia de bari en 1888 y vino a argentina pero no se sabe en que año. se caso en primeras nupcias con ysabel lembi. desde ya si se faciita alguna informacion se le agradece!
David P. Sinclair
16
February
2019
I am searching to find out more about my great Grandfather James Sinclair and also his brother George Sinclair who arrived New York in 1870 from Scotland, Great Britain (U.K.)
Both worked in Tioga County, PA as coal miners. Both became Naturalized, James on Aug 27, 1877 and George on May 31, 1884.
Can you please provide me with factual information / details from your records. Thank You - David P. Sinclair
mike mazmanian
08
February
2019
Looking for info on Arakse Ohanian or Mary Toparalian arriving in U.S. sometime from 1915 to 1920
ava
31
January
2019
I cant find the answer what they use to expanded ellis insland
Matthew Roininen
30
January
2019
Looking for anything about Matthew Roininen
Earlier than 1916 was living in Virginia Minn
Feb. 1916
Katja
28
January
2019
Family
Joanne Dalle
28
January
2019
Patrick Boland wife Katharine and children. From Ireland 1890 or beyond for a couple years
Joanne Dalle
28
January
2019
Patrick Boland wife Katharine and children. 1890 or beyond
terrance edward donlin
26
January
2019
Find info on great grandfather [JOHN DONLIN/may have been John Donlon or Donlan registration in NY]came from Ireland about 1850, worked in coal mines of Pennsylvania and later homesteaded in Nebraska