United States, Russians to America Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.

Record Description

This collection contains data files relating to immigrants who arrived to the United States from 1834 to 1897. These passengers classified themselves as Armenian, Finish, Galician, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian, Russian Poles, or Ukrainian. Passengers also included U.S. citizens or non-citizens who were returning to the United States. There are records of passengers arriving in Baltimore, Boston, New Orleans, New York, and Philadelphia ports, but the majority of the records come from the Port of New York. 

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 Russians to the United States, created, ca. 1977 - 2002, documenting the period 1834 - 1897. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include the following:

  • Passenger’s full name
  • Age 
  • City and town of last residence
  • Country of origin
  • Occupation 
  • Port of arrival

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know one or more of the following:

  • Passenger’s name
  • Age
  • Country of origin
  • Destination city or 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 residence and name of your ancestor to locate church and land records.
  • Their occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • The country and town of residence can lead you to census records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • If you cannot find your ancestor, try alternate spellings of the name.

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Contributions to This Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

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