New York, New York, Soundex to Passenger and Crew Lists, 1887-1921 is a free name index at FamilySearch for searching Soundex cards created for passenger and crew lists in New York, New York from 1887-1921.  You can also use a Soundex code to browse all Soundex card images for your ancestor or other family relations.


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What is Soundex Code?


Soundex codes are 4 character codes representing surnames. The first character is the first letter of the surname and the next three characters are numbers representing the first three phonetic sounds in the surname.

Surnames have been spelled many different ways, so a Soundex code compensates for spelling differences by grouping similar sounding surnames together, such as Smith and Smyth. By searching the Soundex code for a surname, like Smith, you may find a record you would have missed because you didn’t guess the correct spelling variation, such as Smyth.




What Can I Learn from Passenger and Crew Lists?


These records may include:

  • Petition number
  • Date of petition
  • Volume and page number of the petition
  • Declaration number
  • Date of declaration
  • Volume and page number of the declaration
  • Certification number
  • Date of issuance


How Can Passenger Lists Help Me Find Other Records?


With information from these records you may be able to:

  • Use the locator information found in the index (such as name of court, page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records
  • Learn an immigrant’s place of origin
  • Confirm their date of arrival
  • Learn foreign and “Americanized” names
  • Find records in his or her country of origin such as emigrations, port records, or ship’s manifests
  • Look for the Declaration of Intent soon after the immigrant arrived, and then look for the Naturalization Petition five years later, when the residency requirement would have been met. Look for naturalization records in federal courts and then in state, county, or city courts
  • An individual may have filed the first and final papers in different courts and sometimes in a different state if the person moved. Immigrants who were younger than 18 when they arrived did not need to file a Declaration of Intent as part of the process
  • If your ancestor had a common name, be sure to look at all the entries for a name before you decide which is correct
  • Continue to search the naturalization records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who may have naturalized in the same area or nearby
  • The witnesses named on naturalization records may have been older relatives of the person in the naturalization process. Search for their naturalizations
  • You may want to obtain the naturalization records of every person who shares your ancestor’s surname if they lived in the same county or nearby. You may not know how or if they are related, but the information could lead you to more information about your own ancestors


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