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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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Latest Activity: May 21, 2018

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 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

Started by Jo Saunders Jul 6, 2010.

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

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

Karl Viktor Petersson 1892

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

Started by Kennert Ottosson Apr 22, 2010.

Looking for ancestors and their descendants in the USA

I have two ancestors who immigrated to the USA. First one is my great-great-uncle (paternal) Rudolf Kinnunen, born on the 6th of March, 1884. Immigrated to the USA September 14th, 1900 on Ellis…Continue

Tags: nikolai valdemar paananen, rudolf kinnunen, paananen, kinnunen

Started by Heli Kinnunen Mar 23, 2010.

Us to Canada Boarder record look-up Please 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

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

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Comment by Lori Brainerd on July 18, 2009 at 11:53am
My great-great-grandfather & his family came to the US from Eckheim, Russia on october 6, 1876. His name is Johann Conrad Keil & his parents are Maria Catherine Heinitz Keil and Adam Keil. I have no information on where they landed, but they eventually made their way to Milberger, Kansas. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Comment by Cynthia L. Fregoe on July 17, 2009 at 1:44pm
My ancestor Daniel SCHWARTZ was born 29 February 1784 S. Whitehall Twp.,Lehigh Co,PA and sometime before this event his father George Michael SCHWARTZ came to this country,probably arriving at Philadelphia. It is possible that his mother was a woman named Catherine and that she arrived with George. They also lived in Lancaster Co,PA. Unfortunately,I don't know a year in which he may have arrived. Any help or advice would be appreciated.
Comment by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on July 17, 2009 at 5:16am
Russell - Depending when the naturalization took place, that year of arrival may be unverified and thus can be off by a few years! The group on GenealogyWise for Naturalization Records has info and links which might be of help to you.

But you should definitely widen your search for his passenger list. Also how old was this child in 1871? It is quite possible that he/she had no idea when or even where they arrived.

But in any case, the year of arrival is one of the most mis-remembered of all. Does it match census records which give the years? (those are also often wrong but at least you can get a ball-park figure)
Comment by Caren on July 16, 2009 at 10:18pm

I got many a PM that helped me in my search. Now Im just trying to find out where Robert Nestor's wives came in. I've been told his first wife, Anna Lindstrom , came thru Boston. But I have no idea where to look for that. His 2nd wife's name is Aino...but all I have for her is her last initial of E, her nick name, birth year and death year.
Comment by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on July 16, 2009 at 11:07am
Hi everyone

Thanks for joining our group! Please add your queries to the DISCUSSION area instead of here in the COMMENT section.

That way all the answers to one question will be together in one thread, much easier to read and keep track of things. :-)

I moved Caren Lehto's query into Discussion and provided an answer for her question, but folks are still responding here in Comments so it's not easy to track what's been said or done.

It's a bit confusing I know, as there seems to be no way to let members know that the Discussion Forum is best for queries. I wish I had a way of changing its name to QUERIES !
Comment by Caren on July 15, 2009 at 8:43pm
Well thanks to folks around genealogywise I've found the ship my Great grandfather came on... as well as the ships his brother and parents came on....just dunno about his wives. *lol* His first wife may have come thru Boston...but I dunno where to look for that. Robert came thru Canada while his brother and parents came thru to NY.
Comment by Donald Richard Mathieson on July 15, 2009 at 6:01pm
Hi Everyone,
Just joined, my biggest problem at the moment,is that GGGfather James Mathieson(very common first name in my family)came to Boston I think in 1863, I cannot find out any information, don't know where to look
Comment by Russell Krecklow on July 15, 2009 at 5:28pm
Sorry, that should have read "Declaration of Intent".
Comment by Russell Krecklow on July 15, 2009 at 5:27pm
I cannot find the ship and passenger list for my great grandparents. From the Declaration Of Intest of one of his children ( the only one we can find) indicates they sailed from Hamburg, arrived in New York October 1871. I have exhausted the Hamburg List, checked any name variation one could imagine, and no record. I even checked ships that arived in New York near in that time frame. I also read and reread Germans To America and checked their lists. I guess this will remain my "brick wall."
Comment by Tom Hutter on July 15, 2009 at 4:44pm
Don't give up on the search in the passenger lists. I searched for my grandparents ship for years and almost gave up. I finally found them and the problem was misppelling of the surname on the passenger manifest. Our surname is HUTTER and I found my grandmother listed under HAUTTER and my grandfather was under HUTER. Try every variation you can imagine. If their ship arrived there, they will definitely be somewhere in the manifest if they indeed mispelled LETHO.

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