FindMyPast: US Passenger Arrival Records

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US PAssenger & Crew Lists Database

The History of Long Haul Travel from Britain & Ireland 1890-1960.


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AmericanGen Study Group – Chapter 25 “Immigrant Ancestor Origins”

AmericaGen Study Group

The AmericaGen Study Group – Chapter 25 “Immigrant Ancestor Origins” in Val Greenwood’s The Researchers Guide to American Genealogy, 2017 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company.)

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Note: All panelists were invited to read the chapter and then write about how that chapter relates to their personal research habits. 

AmericaGen Study Group – Chapter 25 “Immigrant Ancestor Origins” combined homework:



00:15:08 DearMYRTLE .: Researchers Guide to American Genealogy 4th Edition by Val D. Greenwood, 2017 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co.) Available in paperback
00:36:48 Molly McKinley: I like finding my soldiers coming into New York both in WWI and WWII.
00:37:39 DearMYRTLE .: Bravo, Molly.
00:37:43 DearMYRTLE .: Welcome Danine!
00:37:55 Cary Bright: Thanks Molly!
00:39:50 DearMYRTLE .: Ancestry Passenger Lists
00:47:10 Robbin Smith: The naturalization does say “emperor of Germany and russia”
00:51:37 Valerie Lisk: Where would you find the permission to leave papers?
00:52:44 DearMYRTLE .: In the stadt archives in Germany. Some in the town that haven’t yet been released to the state
00:53:06 Cary Bright: Valerie, If Norway, the parish books had lists. German…. not sure.
00:53:23 Valerie Lisk: Thank you!
00:54:51 DearMYRTLE .:
00:56:09 Robbin Smith: for genealogy research
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00:57:02 Lisa Gorrell: Thanks, Robbin!
00:58:22 DearMYRTLE .: you CAN save this chat
00:58:55 DearMYRTLE .: WHERE are DearMYRTLE’s Webinars archived? At MYRT’S MUSINGS
00:59:01 Cary Bright: Just click on the more dropdown button at the bottom and click to save chat.
01:05:13 Lisa Gorrell: This is why it’s important to study the history of your ancestor’s homelands. The history of central and eastern Europe is very complex with lots of boundary changes.
01:08:45 maria capaldi: amazing
01:09:54 Cary Bright: Great examples of it takes a village sometimes!!
01:10:28 Robbin Smith: Wow – the magic of DNA
01:10:45 maria capaldi: opened up all new information and family–congrats
01:10:49 Valerie Lisk: Wow!
01:11:21 Valerie Lisk: Melinda you give me hope!
01:13:29 Irene: This was a great session. Lots of good ideas for research.
01:13:36 June Butka: A more recent change is Yugoslavia is a more recent change from one country to two.
01:13:40 Cary Bright: Thanks for all your interest and comments from the attendees!
01:14:21 June Butka: Bosnia, Herzeegovina and parts of Croatia.
01:15:09 June Butka: Safe enjoyable travels.
01:15:19 maria capaldi: Enjoy!! Stay safe
01:15:41 Danine Cozzens: What a wonderful trip! Enjoy!!!

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ARCHIVED: CanadaGen Study Group 2

CanadaGEN Study Group

Today’s session is all about ship’s passenger records and how to find them, including a two-step process at one site to get from the index to the image itself. Kudos to our guest expert Kathryn Lake Hogan, UE for making this research doable. Be sure to follow her YouTube channel and blog as she continues to share her knowledge.

See also: CanadaGen Study Group 1

Our shared CanadaGen Google Sheet with links we mention is located here:



10:01:03 From Jan Murphy : Good morning Myrt, Russ & Kathryn!
10:01:18 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Good morning from B.C.!
10:01:55 From Louise Henson to All panelists : Good afternoon from Deep River, Ontario, Canada
10:02:39 From Barbara Gressel : Greetings from Missouri, Barbara Gressel U.E.
10:03:08 From Carol Kuse to All panelists : Good morning from Kansas, Carol Kuse
10:03:59 From Jan Murphy to All panelists : Wikipedia says “Newfoundland joined Canada on March 31, 1949.”
10:04:14 From Cousin Russ to All panelists :

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10:06:46 From Danine Cozzens : Yes to all links, please! That Google doc had so much good info.
10:06:51 From Hilary Gadsby : Thanks Russ
10:07:13 From Cousin Russ :
10:08:54 From Cousin Russ : The Ships List
10:10:23 From Jan Murphy : US Border Crossings are not that much sooner.
10:11:30 From Hilary Gadsby : I am coming at this from the opposite direction to most as trying to find out where they went when they disappeared from the UK. Have a few that went to Canada.
10:12:33 From Jan Murphy : I’m trying to connect the two ends — I know the US and England bits but Canada is in the middle somewhere (1845ish).
10:13:40 From Jan Murphy : Was Pier 21 opened after the Halifax Explosion?
10:13:56 From Cousin Russ : Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
10:13:57 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Kathryn, did you say when those records begin?
10:13:58 From Meg McLaughlin : the arrival port also depends on the time of year that they arrived as St Lawrence froze. My grandfather came in to St John even though he was going to Sasketchewan because he came in March.
10:15:47 From Hilary Gadsby : My ancestors worked in the merchant marine so appeared on the lists as crew members.
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10:18:38 From Cousin Russ : Library and Archives Canada
10:20:40 From Cousin Russ : Immigrants before 1865 –

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10:21:04 From Cousin Russ : Find My Past: Canada, Immigrants to Canada, 1750-1854
10:21:30 From robert e scales : The Nanaimo ( Vancouver Island ) Genealogy group have done indexing:

10:22:41 From Cousin Russ : Canada, Immigrants To Canada Index, 1750-1854
10:24:02 From Jan Murphy : Ugh there’s no archive reference.
10:28:27 From Carol Kuse : I am trying to find out when and how my Joyal came to the US from Canada.

10:28:50 From Cousin Russ : CanGenealogy
10:29:14 From Robbin Smith : ty russ
10:30:35 From Cousin Russ : FamilySearch
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
10:32:05 From Cousin Russ :
10:36:43 From Jan Murphy : What happens when you put the arrival date in the Any field?
10:42:51 From Launa Droescher : Great Great Grandparents show up in 1851 Paris, Onterio Census. Would they be in any boarder crossing records. Think they left from New York, USA.

familysearch_largeSquare10:43:44 From Cousin Russ : Canada passenger lists, 1881-1922 Digital images of originals housed at the National Archives of Canada (formerly Public Archives of Canada), Ottawa, Ontario. Index and images of ships’ passenger lists (also known as ships’ manifests or seaport records of entry). Contains records for the ports of Quebec City, 1900-1921; Halifax, 1881-1922; Saint John, 1900-1912; North Sydney, 1906-1912; Vancouver, 1905-1912; Victoria, 1905-1912; New York, 1906-1912; and Eastern US Ports, 1905-1912. The lists for United States ports include only those names of passengers with intentions of proceeding directly to Canada.

10:53:43 From Barbara Gressel : That is how I find names in the Land Petitions on the LAC site. It is time consuming but rewarding.
10:55:15 From Jan Murphy : The lists were made in the ticket offices.
10:55:27 From Jan Murphy : Same for the US lists.
10:57:14 From Jan Murphy : Do the lists say who bought the ticket during this period? Sometimes the tickets are bought by other people than the passengers.
10:58:56 From DearMYRTLE to All panelists : I see your comment indicaiton russ. but we are running short on time today.
10:59:06 From DearMYRTLE to All panelists : thank-you for being diligent. 🙂
10:59:27 From DearMYRTLE to All panelists : are you teaching today Russ?
10:59:46 From Cousin Russ : yes, but we are ok
11:00:09 From DearMYRTLE to All panelists : thank you.
11:02:03 From Cheryl Woodward : What if our ancestors are some of the earliest settlers to Canada (1600s)? Are there any records for those ships from Europe?
11:02:34 From Leah Smith : Wow! Great presentation!
11:03:27 From Hilary Gadsby : Just found another record for someone who emigrated a WW1 CEF personnel file

11:05:34 From Cousin Russ : Follow Kathryn’s YouTube Channel
11:05:42 From Meg McLaughlin : Scottish clearances was a push factor
11:05:56 From Barbara Gressel : A lot of the Scotsmen left Scotland due to the end of the Clan system. They left for a better life and opportunities.
11:07:07 From Kevin Hackett : In Paul Milner’s seminar at the NGS conference, he said there was a clearing of the Parishes of people they were supporting to Canada
11:08:34 From Danine Cozzens : Thanks for the great background info — my Canadians are there briefly from 1820-1849 but now I have some idea where to look.
11:08:42 From Jan Murphy : Thanks Russ, Myrt and Kathryn!
11:08:47 From Louise Henson to All panelists : Thank yoy very imformative
11:09:13 From Irene Sheridan : That was great. Thank you.
11:10:00 From Sheila Massi : Thank you

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MyHeritage: Smart “stitching” and search for New York arrivals 1820-1957

90 million records from the Ellis Island and Other New York Passenger Lists collection bring to light the stories of millions of immigrations, arrivals and visits to America spanning 138 years

Ellis Island & Other New York Passenger Lists

TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah, November 2, 2017 – MyHeritage, the leading international family history and DNA company, announced today the addition of the Ellis Island and Other New York Passenger Lists 1820-1957 collection to SuperSearch™, the company’s global search engine containing more than 8.25 billion historical records. The records are of major significance for anyone looking to trace their immigrant ancestors’ arrival in America, and include names, dates, countries of origin, addresses of family members and friends, occupations, and physical descriptions, among many other details.

The passenger manifests are an unparalleled source of information spanning key years of immigration from all over the world, including those entering the United States as refugees during the First and Second World Wars. The records include millions of entries via Ellis Island, which opened its doors on January 1, 1892. The first 72 years of the collection pre-date Ellis Island; Prior to the establishment of Ellis Island, the primary immigration station in New York City was Castle Garden, which opened in 1855, and before then, immigrants were received at several piers across the city. Towards the end of the time frame, in the 1940s and 1950s, advancements in transportation methods are noticeable as records begin to include those who arrived via airplane to various airports in and around the city. The plethora of information in the records is expected to invigorate family histories, adding previously unknown stories of how family members uprooted their lives, and replanted them in the United States.

As of 1897, immigration officials began asking those entering the United States for the name and address of the relative or friend whom they are joining in the USA, and in 1907 they began asking for the name and address of their closest relative or friend in their home country. The responses to these supplemental questions, that have been filled in the passenger manifests, have now been indexed by MyHeritage for the very first time, yielding an additional 26.6 million names in the Ellis Island and Other New York Passenger Lists collection on MyHeritage. These passenger manifests have been digitized by other organizations in the past, but the answers to these vital supplemental questions have never been indexed — until now. Furthermore, many of the passenger manifests span two pages, and a common omission for genealogists has been to locate the first page and miss the existence of the second. MyHeritage has solved this problem for the first time by stitching the double pages into single document images, ensuring that users do not miss information again.

Many historical figures of interest are found among these records, including Albert Einstein (who arrived in the US on October 17, 1933), former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright (arrived November 11, 1948) and Charlie Chaplin (arrived October 1912). Composer and songwriter Irving Berlin who moved to the U.S. in 1903, appears on several manifests arriving from different places in Europe.

Users with family trees on MyHeritage will immediately benefit from Record Matching technology that automatically reveals new information about their ancestors who appear in these records.

“The Ellis Island and Other New York Passenger Lists 1820-1957 collection is a major asset on MyHeritage is a major asset for family history enthusiasts,” said Russ Wilding, Chief Content Officer at MyHeritage. “When we digitized this collection we employed out-of-the-box thinking to cover important aspects that were overlooked by others in the past. This makes this collection on MyHeritage the most complete and useful of its kind.”

MyHeritage is working to add additional immigration records into the collection from other port cities from around the United States, as well as several important Canadian border crossings, in the near future.

Searching the Ellis Island and Other New York Passenger Lists collection is free. A subscription is required to view records and scanned images and to access Record Matches.

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