New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1891 is a free, searchable text collection at FamilySearch with a name index for 13 million immigrants arriving in New York City between 1820 and 1891. The index links to images.
There are also more than 400,000 browsable images in this collection.
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What Can I Learn from Passenger Lists?
- Full name of immigrant
- Name of person accompanying immigrant
- Age, gender, race and occupation of immigrant
- Nationality of immigrant
- Last permanent residence (town, country)
- Port of entry and date of arrival
- Name of ship
These passenger lists may include:
- Name of ship and port of departure
- Ship’s arrival date and port of entry
- Names of immigrants
- Immigrants’ age, gender, marital status and occupation
- Country where immigrant holds citizenship
- Last place of residence in that country
- Name of relative or friend living at last residence
- Name of relative or friend to be visited in this country
- Final destination of immigrant
- Physical description
How Can Passenger Lists Help Me Find Other Records?
With information from these records you may be able to:
- 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
- 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 passenger lists to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who may have immigrated at the same time
- If your ancestor has an uncommon surname, you may want to obtain the passenger list 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