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United States Immigration Online Genealogy Records

United States Immigration Online
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Immigration Research Basics
Searching Many
Databases at Once
Major Ports
Ethnic, Nationality, Political, Religious, or Socioeconomic Groups
Immigration by State



Suggested StrategyEdit

  1. Check the partner website indexes, as these cover many, many databases at once. The FamilySearch Historical Records databases is free to search with a free registered account. The other websites are subscription-based but can be searched for free at a Family History Center near you. Try to search each partner site because their search engines can often bring up slightly different results.
  2. If it is difficult for you to get access to the subscription databases, next try Additional Nationwide Collections Not Included in Partner Sites. These websites have a lot of overlap with the subscription websites.
  3. Search a nationality, religious, or political group collection that applies to your ancestor.
  4. Search the state collection for the first state where your ancestor lived.
  5. Read Tracing Immigrant Origins to learn about many other records that substitute for immigration records.
Immigration Online Genealogy Records
This is collection of links to United States Immigration databases and collections that include passenger lists and manifests. Includes some links to ship images and border crossing records.

The indexing of records is often an on-going project. Some collection indexes give no indication if they are a partial index or complete. If the name you are researching does not appear in an index, re-check the index at a later time or search for the record in the available original images. Some indexes are handwritten and a part of the image collection.

Partner Sites Indexing Multiple DatabasesEdit

Use these search engines first to check for your ancestor in multiple databases for many ports all at once.

Collections With Nationwide CoverageEdit

Included in Above Partner Site IndexesEdit

If you have already searched the Partner Sites, you have searched these collections.

Additional Collections Not Included in Above Partner Site IndexesEdit

Although there will be some overlap with the Partner Site searches, you should search these collections. Different search engines can yield different results.

Border CrossingsEdit

Immigration Records By Major PortEdit

BaltimoreEdit
BostonEdit
GalvestonEdit
HonoluluEdit
Los AngelesEdit
New OrleansEdit
New YorkEdit
PhiladelphiaEdit
San DiegoEdit
San FranciscoEdit

Immigration Records by Ethnic, Nationality, Political, Religious, or Socioeconomic GroupsEdit

Indentured or Bonded ServantsEdit
SlaveryEdit
QuakerEdit
BritishEdit
ChineseEdit
DutchEdit
FilipinoEdit
FinnishEdit
GermanEdit
IrishEdit
ItalianEdit
JapaneseEdit
JewishEdit
RussianEdit

Immigration Records By StateEdit

Major ports within each state are listed above and are not included in these lists.

AlabamaEdit
AlaskaEdit
ArizonaEdit
CaliforniaEdit
ConnecticutEdit
DelawareEdit
FloridaEdit
GeorgiaEdit
HawaiiEdit
IdahoEdit
IllinoisEdit
IndianaEdit
IowaEdit
LouisianaEdit
MaineEdit
MarylandEdit
MassachusettsEdit
MinnesotaEdit
MichiganEdit
MinnesotaEdit
MontanaEdit
New HampshireEdit
New JerseyEdit
New YorkEdit
North CarolinaEdit
North DakotaEdit
OhioEdit
OregonEdit
PennsylvaniaEdit
Puerto RicoEdit


Rhode IslandEdit
South CarolinaEdit
TexasEdit
UtahEdit
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VermontEdit
VirginiaEdit
WashingtonEdit
WisconsinEdit
U.S. TerritoriesEdit