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*FamilySearch has a [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/New_York,_Northern_Arrival_Manifests_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) NY arrival index]
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}}<div style="padding-left: 6px; width: 74%; 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]] </div><div style="font-size: smaller"><center>Immigrants came by ship, by rail, in wagons, and on foot.</center><br></div><div style="padding-left: 6px; width: 74%; 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>  
 
'''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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*[http://www.germanroots.com/onlinelists.html What Passenger Lists Are Online] overview of United States and International links, and which ones require payment
 
*[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://www.ellisisland.org/ Ellis Island Record Search] Ellis Island's site including search index 1892-1924, manifest images, history, photos and more  
 
*[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.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] index of New York City passenger arrivals 1820-1913 (no images)  
*[http://immigrantships.net Immigrant Ships Transcriber's Guild] transcripts and indexes of over 10,000 ships' passenger lists  
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*[http://immigrantships.net Immigrant Ships Transcriber's Guild] transcripts and index of over 10,000 ships' passenger lists  
*[http://immigrants.byu.edu/main_page Immigrant Ancestors Project] (BYU)  
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*[http://www.immigrantservants.com Immigrant Servants Database] indexes indentured servants who came to the colonies
*[http://www.ihrc.umn.edu/ Immigration History Research Center] (Univ of Minn.)  
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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
*[http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/contentlisting.aspx?cat=immigration WorldVitalRecords] immigration searches
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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
*[http://www.hias.org/ Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society]
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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
  
 
'''National Archives collections'''  
 
'''National Archives collections'''  
  
*[http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/022-908-e.html Library and Archives Canada] 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
*[http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/immigration/passenger-arrival.html National Archives] immigration records catalog
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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
  
 
'''Other resources likely to list immigrants'''  
 
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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
 
*[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
  
'''Immigrant Heritage Societies'''  
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'''Immigrant heritage societies'''  
  
*[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.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  
*[http://www.augustana.edu/swenson/ Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center]
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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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'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at'''
  
*[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/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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*[[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

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Immigrants came by ship, by rail, in wagons, and on foot.
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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.

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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.