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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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István Szakál Sega
07
April
2020
Where I can find?
Martta krook
03
April
2020
Looking for record of ship grandmother was on in 1927, and sister ester saima krook.
Niurka Rod
19
February
2020
Busco abuelo español nacido 1869-1870 natural de coruña españa hijo de antonio fuentes garcia y antonia guntin rico llamado Juan Fuentes Guntin vino a cuba a la guerra del 95 y fallecido aqui dejando descendencia favor ayudar en su busqueda
Thomas John hopfensperger
19
January
2020
I believe my great grandfather came from Germany in 1847 but can’t find where. His name is johann and his spouse is johanna
benjamin steinman
12
November
2019
Immigration 1900's
Denise
07
November
2019
I'm looking to find my grandma and dad's information on the ship they came over on and when. Kaethe ballreich 4/28/1924 Erwin k lorch 7/3/1949 I believe they came over from Germany in 1955. Thank you
Hledám
31
October
2019
Dobrý den hledám jakou kolo v informaci nebo předky Matthias Duffek narozen naSlovenakou Dojč..v roce 1905 přijel na ostrov Ellis Island..a dál bohužel nevím děkuji moc
Trudy
23
October
2019
I am looking for James McAnaul born 1798, he came over from Ireland with daughter Maria born 1842 and possibly a son William James McAnaul born1818 and his wife Mary Jane McPherson born 1832 they had a daughter at the time Eliza Jane McAnaul 1845. I believe they came over about 1846 to 1848 but this is not a firm date. Would anyone please be able to hlp me, many thanks in advance.
irene capozzi
13
October
2019
Im looking for a picture of the Independence as it entered Ellis Island Feb. 1956. Can anyone help?
Nicola
09
October
2019
Searching for wife’s grandma
Nina Wall
06
October
2019
I know my mother's father Edouard St Martin shows up in 1850 Jefferson Parish, Louisiana .
I believe his mother &:father- Celestia & Septin were from France . Not sure when they would have immigrated to U.S. I assume they would have come thru Ellis or Liberty island. Can anyone shed light?
Nicholas Marello
09
September
2019
Hello. I am trying find information on my Great Grandfather, John J Marello, Born Jan 3, 1888. Per limited documents that I have access to, he arrived in the US on May 10th 1907. His name then was Joseph (Joe) Lorenzo. His homeland-Italy. I can’t find him entering the US through the Ellis Island website. Thanks in advance!
Kenneth Lerner
22
August
2019
I am looking for information of my Grandfather Hyman(Chaim) Lerner who immigrated to New York, U.SA arrival by ship Oct.25,1907 from Rovna, Russia.His date of birth was August 5, 1886. Thank you.
alta Bruchie Schlesinger
15
August
2019
my husbands Great grandfather yoel Hesrsh or joel Landau maybe he spelled his name differently he emigrated aproximatley 1887 lived in NYC till his death September 1903 he came from eastern Europe could be from Galicia Poland or from slovakia
Boemker
10
August
2019
Looking for information concerning the boemker and Spanier family.
Cynthia A. Rivas
31
July
2019
I looking for information on Louis Graston born abt 1851 from Sweden. He may have a brother Frank Graston listed. He was the father of my Great Grandma Sofia Graston born 1881 in Anton Chico, New Mexico. Appreciate any information on this request.
Sincerely, Cynthia A. Rivas
Werner Schulz
23
July
2019
I'm looking for Gertrude Elizabeth Jung, from Germany about 1927
phyllis Borg
19
July
2019
I don't have a question on my ancestry, but am working on the ancestry for my daughter. Her father is Max George Blank. So was his father and his father's father. I found his father's father on the 1930 census in Blair Altoona Pennsylvania. It is hard for me to read his wife's name. At this point I see they came from Germany, (which we knew) but where can I find immigration papers to know when they came and possibly where in Germany, and the name of his wife that I cannot read and how can I can information further back through Germany? Can you help?
Maria Tebano
15
June
2019
To whom it may concern, I Maria Tebano am emailing you in regards that my dad was born in ( Cesterta Providence Italy ) and my dad Arrived to the United States from Italy when he was 21 years old, ... I'm requesting if someone could mail me at my address when exactly did my dad arrive to the United States,... I would greatly appreciate it, ... My dad's name is ( Antonio Tebano, Birthdate is ( 2-26-1935 ) My address is ( 958 Emmett Street, 2 fl. Bottom box Schenectady New York 12307 ) I would greatly appreciate it if you help me with this ....
Jayne Mortenson
23
May
2019
My two great-aunts arrived at Ellis Island on the Graf Waldersee on August 29, 1901. Because the sisters were among the detained aliens, I was able to find them on the manifest for the ship. It appears to me that only the detained alien section of the manifest was indexed (NYT715_291-0185). The putative last name of my great-aunt that was indexed was Kowalowsky, Anna.The image number that appears not to be indexed that includes my great-aunts is NYT715_219-0179.

Is work still on-going to index the immigrants at Ellis Island? If some manifests were missed, how can they now be indexed and included? Thank you.