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| [[Tracing Immigrants Introduction|'''Introduction''']]<br>[[Tracing Immigrants Search Strategies|'''Search Strategies''']]<br>
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Arrival Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Arrival Biography|Biography]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Arrival Business Records and Commerce|Business Records]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Arrival Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Arrival Census|Census]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Arrival Church Records|Church Records]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Arrival Court Records|Court Records]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Arrival Emigration and Immigration|Emigration]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Arrival Genealogy|Genealogy]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Arrival History|History]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Arrival Land and Property|Land and Property]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Arrival Military Records|Military Records]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Arrival Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Arrival Obituaries|Obituaries]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Arrival Probate Records|Probate Records]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Arrival Voting Registers|Voting Registers]] <br>
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}}<div style="width: 74%; padding-left: 6px; float: left;">[[Image:Elissa-ship.jpg|left|170px|Immigrants came by ship, by rail, in wagons, and on foot.]][[Image:Durango Silverton RR.jpg|right|285px|Durango Silverton RR.jpg]] </div><div style="font-size: smaller;"><center>Immigrants came by ship, by rail, in wagons, and on foot.</center><br></div><div style="width: 74%; padding-left: 6px; float: left;">
 
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'''Value.'''&nbsp;These&nbsp;Wiki&nbsp;pages&nbsp;introduce&nbsp;the principles, search strategies, and record types you can use to identify an immigrant ancestor's original hometown. These principles apply to almost any country. Finding an immigrant ancestor's place of origin is the key to finding earlier generations of the family. It provides access to many family history resources in that home area. Once you know a former place of residence or a birthplace, you may be able to add more generations to your pedigree. [[Tracing Immigrants Introduction|Read more of the '''Introduction'''&nbsp;.&nbsp;.&nbsp;.]] <br><br>
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<center>'''Key&nbsp;Immigration&nbsp;Links'''</center>  
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| [[Tracing Immigrants Country of Origin Records|'''Country of Origin''']]<br>[[Tracing Immigrants Origin Search Tactics|Search Tactics]]<br>[[Tracing Immigrants Origin Record Selection Table|Record Selection Table]]<br>[[Tracing Immigrants Origin Record Types|Record Types]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Origin Census|Census]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Origin Church Records|Church Records]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Origin Civil Registration|Civil Registration]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Origin Court Records|Court Records]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Origin Directories|Directories]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Origin Emigration and Immigration|Emigration]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Origin Genealogy|Genealogy]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Origin History|History]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Origin Land and Property|Land and Property]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Origin Military Records|Military Records]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Origin Names Personal|Names Personal]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Origin Population|Population]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Origin Probate Records|Probate Records]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Origin Societies|Societies]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Origin Taxation|Taxation]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Origin Civil Registration|Vital Records]]
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[[Tracing Immigrants Origin For Further Reading|'''For Further Reading''']]<br>
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*[[Hamburg Passenger Lists|Hamburg Passenger Lists]] how to use the lists and indexes  
 
*[[Hamburg Passenger Lists|Hamburg Passenger Lists]] how to use the lists and indexes  
 
*[[Germans from Russia|Germans from Russia]]&nbsp;research strategies, and record types  
 
*[[Germans from Russia|Germans from Russia]]&nbsp;research strategies, and record types  
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*[http://www.francogene.com/qc-ress/index.php FrancoGen] links to early French Canadian immigration sources
 
*[http://www.francogene.com/qc-ress/index.php FrancoGen] links to early French Canadian immigration sources
  
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'''[[Tracing Immigrants Arrival Obituaries|Country of Arrival Obituaries]].''' Obituaries are an excellent source of biographical information about immigrants. In addition to names and death dates, you can learn about surviving family members, church affiliations, spouses, parents, occupations, burial places, and hometowns in the old country. Even if a place of origin is not given, an obituary may provide additional research clues, such as the date or ship of immigration or traveling companions. Much of this information cannot be found in other sources. For many immigrants, an obituary is the only “biographical sketch” ever written about them.  
 
'''[[Tracing Immigrants Arrival Obituaries|Country of Arrival Obituaries]].''' Obituaries are an excellent source of biographical information about immigrants. In addition to names and death dates, you can learn about surviving family members, church affiliations, spouses, parents, occupations, burial places, and hometowns in the old country. Even if a place of origin is not given, an obituary may provide additional research clues, such as the date or ship of immigration or traveling companions. Much of this information cannot be found in other sources. For many immigrants, an obituary is the only “biographical sketch” ever written about them.  
  
=== '''Did you know?''' ===
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*[[:Category:Huguenots|Huguenots]] (French Protestants) settled [[Portal:Florida|Florida]] in 1564, 43 years before [[Portal:Virginia|Jamestown]].  
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*[[:Category:Huguenots|Huguenots]] (French Protestants) settled [[Florida]] in 1564, 43 years before [[Virginia|Jamestown]].  
 
*The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statue_of_Liberty Statue of Liberty] was a gift from [[France|France]] to the [[United States|United States]].  
 
*The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statue_of_Liberty Statue of Liberty] was a gift from [[France|France]] to the [[United States|United States]].  
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_immigration_statistics More people] have&nbsp;come from [[Portal:Italy|Italy]] and [[Germany|Germany]] to America than from any other nations.  
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_immigration_statistics More people] have&nbsp;come from [[Italy|Italy]] and [[Germany|Germany]] to America than from any other nations.  
 
*More immigrants arrived at [[Pennsylvania Emigration and Immigration|Philadelphia]] than at [[New York Emigration and Immigration|New York City]] prior to 1800.  
 
*More immigrants arrived at [[Pennsylvania Emigration and Immigration|Philadelphia]] than at [[New York Emigration and Immigration|New York City]] prior to 1800.  
 
*More than&nbsp;3/4 of American colonists arrived&nbsp;as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indentured_servants indentured servants], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penal_transportation convicts] or [[African American Slavery and Bondage|slaves]].  
 
*More than&nbsp;3/4 of American colonists arrived&nbsp;as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indentured_servants indentured servants], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penal_transportation convicts] or [[African American Slavery and Bondage|slaves]].  
 
*The U.S. National Archives has both [http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2000/fall/us-canada-immigration-records-1.html Canadian] and [http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/immigration/border-mexico.html Mexican] border crossing records.  
 
*The U.S. National Archives has both [http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2000/fall/us-canada-immigration-records-1.html Canadian] and [http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/immigration/border-mexico.html Mexican] border crossing records.  
 
*Library and Archives Canada has [http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/022-908-e.html border crossing records] of Americans into Canada.  
 
*Library and Archives Canada has [http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/022-908-e.html border crossing records] of Americans into Canada.  
*Some American colonists had their [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/19273001&referer=brief_results last wil and testament sent back to England] for probate.  
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*Some American colonists had their [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/19273001&referer=brief_results last will and testament sent back to England] for probate.  
 
*Up to 90 percent of [[Ireland|Irish]] and [[Greece|Greek]] immigrants [http://www.americanheritage.com/blog/20065_3_198.shtml went back home] from America.
 
*Up to 90 percent of [[Ireland|Irish]] and [[Greece|Greek]] immigrants [http://www.americanheritage.com/blog/20065_3_198.shtml went back home] from America.
  
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*[http://www.germanroots.com/onlinelists.html What Passenger Lists Are Online] overview of United States and International links, and which ones require payment
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'''Passenger lists and/or indexes'''
  
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*[http://stevemorse.org/ellis/passengers.php?mode=ny One-Step All New York] Stephen P. Morse's excellent search tool for ALL 1820-1957 New York City passenger arrivals
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*[http://stevemorse.org/ellis2/intro.html One-Step Ellis Island] explains Stephen P. Morse's various excellent search tools for 1892-1924 New York City arrivals
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*[http://stevemorse.org/#castle One-Step Castle Garden] links to Stephen P. Morse's various excellent search tools for 1855-1891 New York City arrivals
*[http://www.ahsgr.org/ Am. Hist. Soc. of Germans from Russia]  
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*[http://www.ellisisland.org/ Ellis Island Record Search] Ellis Island's site including search index 1892-1924, manifest images, history, photos and more
*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/PatentSearch/ BLM-GLO Land Patent Index] search homestead applications&nbsp;for immigrant data
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*[http://www.castlegarden.org/searcher.php Castle Garden] index of New York City passenger arrivals 1820-1913 (no images)
*[http://www.castlegarden.org/searcher.php Castle Garden] immigration search
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*[http://immigrantships.net Immigrant Ships Transcriber's Guild] transcripts and index of over 10,000 ships' passenger lists
*[http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System] some military records may give hometown
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*[http://www.immigrantservants.com Immigrant Servants Database] indexes indentured servants who came to the colonies
*[http://www.ellisisland.org/ Ellis Island Record Search]
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*[http://immigrants.byu.edu/main_page Immigrant Ancestors Project] (BYU) indexing efforts focusing on France, Germany, England, Ireland, Italy, and Spain
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*[http://www.ihrc.umn.edu/ Immigration History Research Center] (Univ of Minn.) research on international migration, archives to document immigrant and refugee life
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*[http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/contentlisting.aspx?cat=immigration WorldVitalRecords] over 40 million names in over 100 immigration and travel databases
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*[http://reunion.hias.org/en/pages/immigrant-records Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society immigrant records] English and Russian HIAS arrival cards since 1909 copies for a fee
  
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*[http://www.ihrc.umn.edu/ Immigration History Research Center]
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*[http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/022-908-e.html Library and Archives Canada]&nbsp;searches
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*[http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/immigration/passenger-arrival.html National Archives] immigration searches
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*[http://stevemorse.org/ Stephen P. Morse]&nbsp;arrival list searches&nbsp;
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*[http://www.augustana.edu/swenson/ Swenson Swed. Immig. Research Center]
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*[http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/contentlisting.aspx?cat=immigration WorldVitalRecords] immigration searches
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*[http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/022-908-e.html Library and Archives Canada] 15 Canadian immigrant name indexes, passenger lists before 1865, 1865-1935, ocean arrivals 1919-1924, border entries 1919-1924, after 1935, immigrants from Russia, British home children orphan immigrants, passports, and citizenship papers
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*[http://www.archives.gov/research/immigration/passenger-arrival.html U.S. National Archives] ship passenger arrival records and land border entries 1800-1819, 1820-1959, links to immigration databases
  
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In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! Many tasks need to be done. You can help by:<br>
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx#searchTabIndex=0&searchByTypeIndex=0 BLM-GLO Land Patent Index] search homesteads, and other land records by state, applicant's name, or land description
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*[http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System] about 1/10 of Union soldiers were recent immigrants; some military records may give hometown
  
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*[http://www.ahsgr.org/ American Historical Society of Germans from Russia] chapters, contact info, conventions, contribute to their database, news, products, research materials, services, and village lists
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*[http://www.augustana.edu/swenson/ Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center] at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois studies of Swedish immigration to North America, the communities the immigrants established, and the role the immigrants and their descendants have played in American life
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*[[New York, Northern Arrival Manifests (FamilySearch Historical Records)|New York, Northern Arrival Manifests]] shows over 1 million cards in [[Soundex]] order for passengers arriving '''north''' of New York City in New York State at Buffalo, Lewiston, Niagra Falls, Rochester, Hogansburg, Malone, Morristown, Nyando, Ogdensburg, Rooseveltown, and Waddington.
  
 
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News and Events

Tracing Immigrant Origins Part 1 of 3

Introduction
Search Strategies

Part 2 of 3
Country of Arrival
Search Tactics
Record Selection Table
Record Types
Part 3 of 3
Country of Origin
Search Tactics
Record Selection Table
Record Types

For Further Reading

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Immigrants came by ship, by rail, in wagons, and on foot.
Durango Silverton RR.jpg
Immigrants came by ship, by rail, in wagons, and on foot.

Value. These Wiki pages introduce the principles, search strategies, and record types you can use to identify an immigrant ancestor's original hometown. These principles apply to almost any country. Finding an immigrant ancestor's place of origin is the key to finding earlier generations of the family. It provides access to many family history resources in that home area. Once you know a former place of residence or a birthplace, you may be able to add more generations to your pedigree. Read more of the Introduction . . .

Key Immigration Links

Featured content

Country of Arrival Obituaries. Obituaries are an excellent source of biographical information about immigrants. In addition to names and death dates, you can learn about surviving family members, church affiliations, spouses, parents, occupations, burial places, and hometowns in the old country. Even if a place of origin is not given, an obituary may provide additional research clues, such as the date or ship of immigration or traveling companions. Much of this information cannot be found in other sources. For many immigrants, an obituary is the only “biographical sketch” ever written about them.

Did you know?

Other external links

General

Passenger lists and/or indexes

National Archives collections

  • Library and Archives Canada 15 Canadian immigrant name indexes, passenger lists before 1865, 1865-1935, ocean arrivals 1919-1924, border entries 1919-1924, after 1935, immigrants from Russia, British home children orphan immigrants, passports, and citizenship papers
  • U.S. National Archives ship passenger arrival records and land border entries 1800-1819, 1820-1959, links to immigration databases

Other resources likely to list immigrants

Immigrant heritage societies

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at

  • New York, Northern Arrival Manifests shows over 1 million cards in Soundex order for passengers arriving north of New York City in New York State at Buffalo, Lewiston, Niagra Falls, Rochester, Hogansburg, Malone, Morristown, Nyando, Ogdensburg, Rooseveltown, and Waddington.