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|This article describes a collection of historical records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.|
This collection contains records of passengers who arrived to the United States from 1850-1897. The majority of the passengers come from Germany or an Italian region, but there are a small number of records for passengers from France, Luxemburg, Switzerland, the United States, and other countries.
Most of the records are for passengers who arrived at the Port of New York, but some passengers also came through the Baltimore, Boston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and other miscellaneous ports.
This collection was created by the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, Center for Immigration Research.
Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
- Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, Center for Immigration Research. Data Files Relating to the Immigration of Germans to the United States, created, ca. 1977 - 2002, documenting the period 1850 – 1897. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC
Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include:
- City/town of last residence
- Destination city/country
How to Use the Record
To begin your search it is helpful to know one or more of the following:
- Country of origin
- Destination city/country
Search the Collection
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible ancestors. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine which individual is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination. Next, click on your ancestor's name. This will take you to a descriptive page with a link to the image.
Using the Information
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example:
- Use the name of your ancestor to locate church and land records.
- The country/town of last residence can lead you to census records.
- The destination city can also lead you to census records.
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