American Aids to Finding theHome of the Immigrant Ancestor Chapter 24 By Tina Sansone
• Most difficult – tracing ancestor across ocean to specific place in the Old World• Immigration records or ships’ passenger lists• No complete collection –Difficult to use –Information gaps• Up to date indexes and records being submitted now
Other Sources• Court Records • Probate Records –Naturalization • Military Records & Citizenship • Church Records• Land Entry • Other Records Records –Old letters• Certificates of –Family records Vital Events• Obits
Immigration RecordsA. Customs Passenger Lists - –Original Lists, Copies & Abstracts, Transcripts form the U.S. State DepartmentB. Immigration Passenger ListsC. Customs Lists of AliensD. Other Immigration Records – located in various depositories around the U.S.
Books• The Planters of the Commonwealth• Welsh Settlement of Pennsylvania• The Complete Book of Emigrants• Ulster Emigration to Colonial America• Jewish Immigration to the United States form 1881 to 1910• Two Early Passenger Lists, 1635-1637• Index to the Names of Thirty Thousand Immigrants• The Early Settlers of Maryland• Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819• Many others are listed in the book!
Locating & Using Passport ApplicationsImmigration Records • All Passports filed U.S.• Early Immigrant – 1791-1905 in the National books may be a Archives. great resource • Not required by law except during part of Civil War.• Recent Immigrant – • Early – letters of request Ship’s Passenger – Expired passports, birth Lists certificates, certificates of citizenship, etc. – Immigration • Many secured passports – Passenger Lists they were in danger of being drafted into military – Customs service. Passenger Lists