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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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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.
Cerise Warren
20
May
2019
I am looking for an Uncle by the name of James Demetreon. I don't believe there was a middle name or initial. His oldest daughter told me his family came through Ellis Island. The name is obviously Greek. I know a number of things about his nuclear family. I can't find anything more about his extended family. Could you help me?
Thank you
Mike Ambrozaitis
17
May
2019
My father recently passed came over from Lithuania in 1951 after war with parents and some survivors want to get some closure for our family
Sona Thurrova(Kadetova)
27
April
2019
Snazim se najit informacio mem dedeckovi Janu Janosovi Kadetovi.Narodil se 21.1.1904 v Klacanech,okres Velke Kapusany.
Mark Delricco
18
April
2019
I am trying to find information on my grandfather Karl Fraundorfer who immigrated from Bad Aibling Germany. He was born in 1899.
Kelly
17
April
2019
I am trying to find information about my great grandfather John James McDonald born August 6th 1900..and my great grandmother Bernadette Laviolette born in 1875
Nancy
17
April
2019
My great grandfather Joseph Eisenzimmer came from Odessa Russia and my grandfather was a young boy his name was also Joseph Eisenzimmer.
Sherrod
15
April
2019
My father's name was Theodore Sherarts, born in Pembina ND c. 1900. He thought the name was a typo of Sherrod.
Bonnie Kaflinsky
15
April
2019
Looking for any Karlinskys or Gerlinski
Carolyn Demar April 13 2019
14
April
2019
Looking for information regarding my Great Grandmother
Her name was Emma George. The only information I have is she was born in Sweden, on her marriage certificate it said parents unknown and date of birth unknown.
Joseph Krimm
13
April
2019
My grandfather
Carole Gross
13
April
2019
My mom's maiden name was Hoffman and I believe her mom's maiden name was Seckinger.
Kloppenburg
13
April
2019
Can you find the history of Kloppenburg
Angelillis Carlo Antonio
12
April
2019
mio nonno Impagnatiello Libero arrivò a New York il 30 ottobre 1913 con The Principe di Piemonte