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 a 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.


Soundex Cards may include:

  • Passenger or Crew Member’s name

  • Age

  • Gender

  • Soundex code

  • Line number, page number, and volume number


Extracted information accompanying actual Soundex card images may include:

  • Full name

  • Event (Immigration, etc)

  • Event Date

  • Event Place

  • Gender

  • Age

  • Birth Year (estimated)

  • Birth Country

  • Ship name