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The collection "New York, New York, Index of Passengers Arriving at New York, 1902-1943" is a Soundex index of passengers arriving on vessels at New York, New York between 1902-1943. It corresponds with NARA publication, T621.
The collection "New York, Book Indexes to Passenger Lists, 1906-1942" consists of images of books of indexes to passenger manifests for the port of New York. The indexes are grouped by shipping line and arranged chronologically by date of arrival. This collection corresponds to NARA Publication T612: Book Indexes to New York Passenger Lists, 1906-1942. Additional images will be added as they become available.
Additional sample images will be added as they become available.
These records may contain the following information:
- Full name of immigrant
- Name of person accompanying immigrant
- Number on manifest sheet
- Number on manifest
- Port of embarkation
- Passenger class
- Port of entry and date of arrival
- Name of ship
- Age, gender, race and occupation of immigrant
- Nationality of immigrant
- Last permanent residence (town, country)
How to Use the Record
To begin your search it is helpful to know the full name of your ancestor and the approximate date of immigration. If you do not know this information, check the census records after 1900.
Search the Collection
To search either collection:
⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the appropriate 'NARA Roll Number - Contents' which will take you to the images.
For either collection, look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
Using the Information
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example, use passenger lists 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.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- 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.
- Arrival lists was used by legal authorities to gather personal information about immigrants prior to the person being allowed to live in the United States.
- The information was supplied by the immigrant or a traveling companion (usually a family member). Incorrect information was occasionally given, or mistakes may have been made when the clerk guessed at the spelling of foreign names.
- Please note that when you select an image to view, sometimes the manifest includes more than one page, and when you use the "click to enlarge manifest" link, the image that appears is not always the first page of the record. You may need to click on the "previous" or "next" links to view the remaining pages of the full manifest.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
- Check for variant spellings of the name.
- Look for other indexes. Records are often indexed by local historical and genealogical societies.
- Search the passenger lists year by year.
- Search the indexes of other port cities.
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- “New York, New York, Index of Passengers Arriving at New York, 1902-1943.” Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA publication T621. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.
- “New York, Book Indexes to Passenger Lists, 1906-1942.” Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA publication T612. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.