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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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Pat Elton
16
November
2018
I am looking for the immigration records from Austro-Hungary Croatia Konstantin Mamula or Lara Kovacevic sometime between 1910-1914
margaret murray
10
November
2018
my aunt margaret murray left dublin ireland for america in the 1940s i just want to know did she land at ellis island
Stellan Holmsten
08
November
2018
I´m trying to learn more about buy grandmothers uncle who emigrated from Sweden to the US in the beginning och the 1900:s. His original name was Janne Hansson, later on changed to John Hanson. His wife, also of Swedish origin, travelled with him. They settled down in Cape Code, Boston where he worked in a lighthouse. That´s all I know. I wonder if you can find him in your records. He was born in Arildsläge, the parish of Brunnby november 9 1879. Hope you can help me to find his records.
joseph vamder vlist
31
October
2018
immigration date?
Casey Catrucco
30
October
2018
My grandfather Felice Catrucco came to America from Italy sometime in the 50’s I believe! Looking for his record!
Fred Staunton
29
October
2018
I have found where my Great Grandmother Anna K. (Evartson) Busse came from Germany in 1863 . I can not find on which ship her husband C.H. or Henry Busse came to America. Would think that they would of come on the same ship.
I am unable to go any farther than Henry and Anna.
evans
29
October
2018
looking for evans
Carole Wahler
28
October
2018
Candido Angelo Branz
Camillo Luchi
Mary or Marie Luchi
Katherine Luchi (InfANT
Gladys Swedak
28
October
2018
I am looking for the passage date in 1902 or 1903 for the Zubick family, father, mother, 1 daughter Marian, 2 sons John James and Peter Ham. I think they came on the Carpathian but am not sure.
Bengt Egerfors
25
October
2018
Jag söker Svea Margareta Tarnstrom
Teresa takac
23
October
2018
Stephan takac came to ellis island 1918 1919 married Julia Beckwith from weat virginia. Stephan takac died 1950 in lakewood ohio
Sarah
22
October
2018
I am looking for information on a Guiseppe Aquino who emigrated to New York from Cosenza, Calabria, Italy in the late 1800s. His wife's name was Carolina and they had a son named Frank.
william ventura
17
October
2018
amadeo ventura
Ron Olsen
27
September
2018
What records burned on Ellis Is. in 1897? Which years were lost?
Don Boehmer
15
October
2018
Looking for Rosa Boehmer (or Bohmer). Came through Ellis Island approximately 1910
Cindi Redding
26
September
2018
Looking for information on my Great Grandfather, John Albert Johnson b. 1864-1866 in Sweden. Arrived in 1869.
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
Robert
26
September
2018
Hi Susan,
Your best bet is going to be a DNA test.
We did an Ancestry one and its been brilliant.

Ireland had had that many wars and disasters that the records only go back to about 1820's.
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