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Ships Passenger Lists to USA

Where and how to find your ancestors on ships passenger lists to U.S.A. Ask for help or give help to others looking for passenger lists

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5 Steps to Finding an Ancestor in Ships Passenger Lists to USA

Please click on the links for the full details of each Step below, plus links to websites where the records can be found

Step 1 of a 5-Step Search for Your Immigrant Ancestor in North America

Step 1: Search for your immigrant ancestor in the five major ports of arrival .... (continue reading)

Step 2 of a 5-Step Search for Your Immigrant Ancestor in North America

Step 2: If you don't find your immigrant ancestor in a large port city, try smaller ports of arrival .... (continue reading).

Step 3 of a 5-Step Search for Your Immigrant Ancestor in North America

Step 3: Still can't find your immigrant ancestor on an American ships passenger list? Try a Canadian Port of Arrival .... (continue reading)

Step 4 of a 5-Step Search for Your Immigrant Ancestor in North America

Step 4: If you still can't find your ancestor in free ships passenger lists, try naturalization records and .... (continue reading)

Step 5 of a 5-Step Search for Your Immigrant Ancestor in North America

Step 5: Search for ships passengers in Ethnic Groups immigrating to America .... (continue reading)

Discussion Forum

Steve Morse site

Started by Jo Saunders Jul 6, 2010. 0 Replies Here is a site that offers optional ways to search, this is peticularly good when you know the name of the ship and date but maybe your…Continue

Lambert Michael Family: Holland to NYC, then to Illinois. Arrival in 1847

Started by Sue McCormick. Last reply by Sue McCormick May 25, 2010. 9 Replies

My great grandmother Petronella Elizabeth Michael came with her parents and older siblings to the United States from Holland (her death certificate says Hoagland, Holland). She arrived in 1847…Continue

Tags: Michael, Illinois, NYC, Holland

Karl Viktor Petersson 1892

Started by Kennert Ottosson Apr 22, 2010. 0 Replies

Hi I was wondering if someone could help me to find any informationabout my ancestor:Karl Viktor Pettersson/Petersson 1868 3 janIknow that he left for America 1892 4 april and he came to Ellis…Continue

Us to Canada Boarder record look-up Please

Started by Joanne Lesley Dawe. Last reply by Joanne Lesley Dawe Mar 2, 2010. 2 Replies

Hi could some kind soul look up a record for me on ancestry or other source (I only subscribe to the UK portion of ancestry).In: All Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956I need the image…Continue

Step 1 of a 5-Step Search for Your Immigrant Ancestor in North America

Started by Lorine McGinnis Schulze. Last reply by Lorine McGinnis Schulze Aug 24, 2009. 2 Replies

Step 1: Search for your immigrant ancestor in the five major ports of arrival - New York New York,…Continue

Tags: USA, ShipsPassengerLists, Immigration

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Comment by Heather Valdez Chambers on April 3, 2010 at 10:20am
Hi all. I just recently found a new website (new to me anyway) that lists ship manifests from 1820 - 1892, so these would be before Ellis Island opened. The website is

I have recently found my ancestor as he came to the U.S. from Germany in 1862 and it was always a dead end because he came to the U.S. before Ellis Island opened. I hope this website will help others.

Comment by J.R. Fox on March 8, 2010 at 6:37pm
Thanks Terry!
Comment by terry reilly on March 3, 2010 at 9:58am

if you go to

they have a full view (which can be searched) of the following

History of southwest Virginia, 1746-1786, Washington County, 1777-1870 By Lewis Preston Summers

The other things you mentioned are snippet view only. Hopefully what I just mentioned is the one you were looking for.
Comment by J.R. Fox on March 2, 2010 at 5:53pm
I had a descendant come to Maryland from London on a ship called the brothers. Does anyone know if you can view an actual image of the original list? Also was wondering if their are any other paper work that would have info on it concerning the passengers. He came over in 1759 but not sure where in Maryland he ported. Baltimore or Annapolis maybe?
Comment by Sherman Shell on September 5, 2009 at 7:15pm
Does anyone on here have these CD titles:


Would you be willing to look up Arnold Shell or Schell for me?
Comment by Linda Grinolds on August 17, 2009 at 3:49am
Lorine - Thanks for the info. I'll have to check out those sources. I would have answered sooner but I've been out of town & off the net for awhile.
Comment by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on August 4, 2009 at 9:03pm
Linda - Passenger lists to New York are on microfilm from 1820 and up. You can order film into a local FHC or search on Ancestry (they have scanned and indexed all the passenger arrivals)

There are earlier ships lists to NY too - for example Olive Tree Genealogy has free ships passenger lists for New York starting in 1624.
Comment by Linda Grinolds on August 3, 2009 at 2:04am
Where would I find passenger lists or any immigratioin info before Castle Garden? I know some of my family came into NY but Castle Garden wasn't in use yet. Please help.
Comment by Angela Marie Whitehead on July 18, 2009 at 5:34pm
there is alot of Fisher/Fischer families from Muenster,Tx.A german town.You may be able to find bunches of information there.I hope this helps.
Comment by Sally Campbell Repass on July 18, 2009 at 2:59pm
I am working on the FISHER/FISCHER history for my children. Their great-grandfather, Anton/Antone Fischer, came from Germany, to the US in 1880, married Emma Dora Falke, from Smyth County, VA in 1886. They had 10 children. At the courthouse I found the marriage license, which listed Anton's parents as Frank & Anna Fischer of Germany. I would love to find more info on them. I don't know how to start... Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!

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