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The Ellis Island Archive contains the passenger lists of more than 51 million immigrants, passengers, and crew members who came through Ellis Island and the Port of New York from 1892 to 1957. The period from 1892 to 1924 at Ellis Island was the largest human migration in modern history!
The ship companies that transported these passengers kept detailed passenger lists, called "ship manifests" which were used to examine immigrants upon arrival in the United States. Thanks to the generous efforts of volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, these manifests have been transcribed into this vast digitized archive, which you can navigate for free in search of an individual passenger.
The Ellis Island Archive contains Passenger Records which provide 11 fields of information including passenger name, date of arrival, ship of travel, age on arrival, and more; Historical Manifests scanned from the original microfilm, showing the same fields of information and much more; and over 900 Ship Images along with the history and background of each ship that brought immigrants to America. (Note: In the 1940s the U.S. government had the original ship passenger manifest pages microfilmed for storage prior to discarding them.)
Begin by typing in the first name or initial and the full last name on the Passenger Search page. You can modify your search on the Passenger Result page by using the filter button and selecting among the six options. Your results will appear by category (e.g. Exact Matches 25, Alternate Spellings 54, etc.), with the names listed reflecting the category highlighted in blue. Click the next category to display those results.
If you wish to further narrow your search results, choose either the Wizard or One page form. You can scroll through the Wizard's three pages by clicking < or > or the navigation circles at the bottom to make your selections. Some elements are chosen by clicking on the desired boxes, others by moving the sliders, and others by typing in the desired information. To lock in your search, click the Results arrow to the right of the Last Name box. Clear your Wizard choices with the Reset arrow in the upper left-hand corner of each page. If you use the One page form, erase your choices with the Clear button in the upper right-hand corner.
Your search results will appear in list view, but you may also select tiles view. The manifest displays with two options. You can rollover the image shown to enlarge sections of the manifest or select the Full Image pop-up, which features the entire page but is smaller in size. If you discover the record isn't the person you are looking for and want to return to your list of results, click the Results arrow to the right of the Last Name field at the top of the page. Do not use your browser back-button.
To start a new search, click Clear just below the Results arrow on the Passenger Result page or click the Passenger Search button in the upper right-hand corner of the webpage.
If you don't find the passenger you are looking for right away, don't give up! Many names were misspelled or spelled differently than the familiar modern name. Try experimenting with the six filter options for last names. And on the One page form or Wizard, try removing some choices or adding new ones. Success is just one click away!
You can keep a certain number of searches, passenger records, manifests, and ship images in Your Profile, which you can open by registering on this website or at the American Family Immigration History Center® on Ellis Island. Membership increases the number of items that can be saved in Your Profile. Of course, you can also purchase copies of these documents on this website or at the Center on Ellis Island.
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