Virginia Emigration and Immigration
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How to Find the Records[edit | edit source]
Online Resources[edit | edit source]
- 1500s-1900s All U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s at Ancestry; index only ($); Also at MyHeritage; index only ($); includes those with Destination of Virginia
- 1600-1700 The Original Lists of Persons of Quality; e-book. Also at Ancestry, indexed ($);
- 1600-1700 Omitted Chapters from Hotten's Original Lists of Persons of Quality ... and Others Who Went from Great Britain to the American Plantations, 1600-1700 at Ancestry ($).
- 1607-1776 The Complete Book of Emigrants: 1607-1776
- 1623-1666 Early Virginia Immigrants, 1623-1666 at Ancestry; images only ($). Also free at Google Books
- 1623-1666 Virginia Immigrants, 1623-1666 at Ancestry; index only ($)
- 1654-1686 The Bristol Registers of Servants Sent to Foreign Plantations, 1654-1686, at Ancestry ($), indexed.
- 1654-1686 Registers of Servants Sent to Foreign Plantations, 1654 - 1686
- 1690-1811 A List of Emigrant Ministers to America, 1690-1811.
- 1698-1807 Bristol, Africa and the Eighteenth-Century Slave Trade to America 1698-1807.
- 1736-1803 The Geography of Slavery Ads for runaway slaves and indentured servants
- 1820-1873 Copies of lists of passengers arriving at miscellaneous ports on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts and at ports on the Great Lakes, 1820-1873
- 1895-1956 United States, Border Crossings from Canada, 1895-1956 at MyHeritage; index & images ($); includes those with Destination of Virginia
- 1895-1964 All U.S., Border Crossings from Mexico to U.S., 1895-1964 at Ancestry; index & images ($); includes those with Destination of Virginia
- 1902-1948 Gleanings in England, Virginians in English archives
- 1904-1963 Virginia, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1904-1963 at Ancestry; index & images ($)
- 1946-1957 Virginia, Alexandria Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels, 1946-1957 at FamilySearch - How to Use this Collection; index & images
- American Colonists in English Records
- Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild at MyHeritage; index only ($)
- Some Emigrants to Virginia: Memoranda in Regard to Several Hundred Emigrants to Virginia During the Colonial Period Whose Parentage is Shown or Former Residence Indicated by Authentic Records, e-book
- Immigrant Servants Database 20,000+ colonial immigrants, primary focus: Chesapeake Bay colonies (Virginia and Maryland)
- Virtual Jamestown Indentured servant registers from colonial period
- Origins of Colonial Chesapeake Indentured Servants: American and English Sources
Cultural Groups[edit | edit source]
- British Aliens in the United States During the War of 1812, e-book*1714-1730s Original Germanna Settlers, 1714-1730s
- 1920-1939 Germany, Bremen Emigration Lists, 1920-1939 at MyHeritage; index only ($); includes those with Destination of Virginia
- Germans Immigrating to the United States at MyHeritage; index only ($); includes those with Destination of Virginia
- Italians Immigrating to the United States at MyHeritage; index only ($); includes those with Destination of Virginia
- Russians Immigrating to the United States at MyHeritage; index only ($); includes those with Destination of Virginia
Passport Records Online[edit | edit source]
- 1795-1925 - United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925 at FamilySearch — index and images - How to Use this Collection
- 1795-1925 - U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925 Index and images, at Ancestry ($)
Offices to Contact[edit | edit source]
Although many records are included in the online records listed above, there are other records available through these archives and offices. For example, there are many minor ports that have not yet been digitized. There are also records for more recent time periods. For privacy reasons, some records can only be accessed after providing proof that your ancestor is now deceased.
National Archives and Records Administration[edit | edit source]
- The National Archives (NARA) has immigration records for arrivals to the United States from foreign ports between approximately 1820 and 1982. The records are arranged by Port of Arrival (See Part 5).
- You may do research in immigration records in person at the National Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20408-0001.
- Some National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) regional facilities have selected immigration records; call to verify their availability or check the online Microfilm Catalog.
- Libraries with large genealogical collections, such as the FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake City, Utah and the Allen County Piblic Library also have selected NARA microfilm publications.
- Order copies of passenger arrival records with NATF Form 81.
Virginia Port Records at the NARA[edit | edit source]
The Family History Library and the National Archives also have incomplete passenger lists for the following ports.
- Alexandria, 1820-1865 FHL 830231
- East River, 1830 FHL 830232
- Hampton, 1820-1821 FHL 830234
- Norfolk and Portsmouth, 1820-1857 FHL 830236
- Petersburg, 1820-1821 FHL 830238
- Richmond, 1820-1844 FHL 830246
U.S. Citizenship and and Immigration Services Genealogy Program[edit | edit source]
The USCIS Genealogy Program is a fee-for-service program that provides researchers with timely access to historical immigration and naturalization records of deceased immigrants. If the immigrant was born less than 100 years ago, you will also need to provide proof of his/her death.
Immigration Records Available[edit | edit source]
- A-Files: Immigrant Files, (A-Files) are the individual alien case files, which became the official file for all immigration records created or consolidated since April 1, 1944.
- Alien Registration Forms (AR-2s): Alien Registration Forms (Form AR-2) are copies of approximately 5.5 million Alien Registration Forms completed by all aliens age 14 and older, residing in or entering the United States between August 1, 1940 and March 31, 1944.
- Registry Files: Registry Files are records, which document the creation of immigrant arrival records for persons who entered the United States prior to July 1, 1924, and for whom no arrival record could later be found.
- Visa Files: Visa Files are original arrival records of immigrants admitted for permanent residence under provisions of the Immigration Act of 1924.
Requesting a Record[edit | edit source]
- Web Request Page allows you to request a records, pay fees, and upload supporting documents (proof of death).
- Record Requests Frequently Asked Questions
Virginia Colonial Records Project at the Library of Virginia[edit | edit source]
The Virginia Colonial Records Project at the Library of Virginia can help Americans trace their European immigrant origins. Scholars visited United Kingdom and other European archives searching for references to colonial-era Virginians. Their 14,704 records survey reports contain half a million names of persons and ships which are searchable at the Library's web site. They also microfilmed about two-thirds of the records they located. The 963 reels of microfilm are held at the Library of Virginia and are available for interlibrary loan. The Library's About the Virginia Colonial Records Project provides more information.
Virtual Jamestown[edit | edit source]
The Virtual Jamestown Archive is a digital research, teaching and learning project that explores the legacies of the Jamestown settlement and "the Virginia experiment."
- Reference Center
- 1654-1686 Search the Registers of Servants Sent to Foreign Plantations, 1654 - 1686
- 1736-1803 The Geography of Slavery The Geography of Slavery project contains more than 4000 advertisements for runaway slaves and indentured servants, drawn from newspapers in Virginia and Maryland, covering the years from 1736 through 1803.
Germanna Foundation Library[edit | edit source]
Finding Town of Origin[edit | edit source]
Records in the countries emigrated from are kept on the local level. You must first identify the name of the town where your ancestors lived to access those records. If you do not yet know the name of the town of your ancestor's birth, there are well-known strategies for a thorough hunt for it.
Background[edit | edit source]
- The original European settlers came in the early 17th century from the midland and southern counties of England. They first settled in Virginia's tidewater (coastal plain).
- Many colonists had connections to Barbados. The earliest Africans to Barbados came in 1619. Starting in 1680, large numbers of Africans were captured and brought as slaves to Barbados.
- It has been estimated that 75% of white colonists arrived in bondage as indentured servants or transported convicts.
- Small landholders moved westward to the Piedmont, where they were joined by a new wave of English and Scottish immigrants.
- In the early 1700s, French Huguenots arrived. Their settlement, in King William Parish, near Richmond on the James River, was known as Manakin Town. They and many of their descendants lived in Henrico, Goochland, Cumberland, and Powhatan counties.
- German workers were imported between 1714 and 1717 to work iron furnaces in the Piedmont area.
- A group of Germans created a settlement called Germanna in early eighteenth-century Virginia. Germanna Foundation Library maintains a visitor's center with genealogical library. They work to promote historic preservation as well as family history information and research.
- During the 1730s and 1740s, a large number of settlers of Ulster Scot and German descent moved southward from Pennsylvania down the Allegheny Ridges into the Shenandoah Valley.
Immigration Records[edit | edit source]
Immigration refers to people coming into a country. Emigration refers to people leaving a country to go to another. Immigration records usually take the form of ship's passenger lists collected at the port of entry. See Online Resources.
What can I find in them?[edit | edit source]
- Before 1820 - Passenger lists before 1820 included name, departure information and arrival details. The names of wives and children were often not included.
- 1820-1891 - Customs Passenger Lists between 1820 and 1891 asked for each immigrant’s name, their age, their sex, their occupation, and their country of origin, but not the city or town of origin.
- 1891-1954 - Information given on passenger lists from 1891 to 1954 included:
- name, age, sex,
- nationality, occupation, marital status,
- last residence, final destination in the U.S.,
- whether they had been to the U.S. before (and if so, when, where and how long),
- if joining a relative, who this person was, where they lived, and their relationship,
- whether able to read and write,
- whether in possession of a train ticket to their final destination, who paid for the passage,
- amount of money the immigrant had in their possession,
- whether the passenger had ever been in prison, a poorhouse, or in an institution for the insane,
- whether the passenger was a polygamist,
- and immigrant's state of health.
- 1906-- - In 1906, the physical description and place of birth were included, and a year later, the name and address of the passenger’s closest living relative in the country of origin was included.
Over the years, passports and passport applications contained different amounts of information about the passport applicant. The first passports that are available begin in 1795. These usually contained the individual's name, description of individual, and age. More information was required on later passport applications, such as:
- Birth date
- Naturalization information
- Arrival information, if foreign born
In-Country Immigration[edit | edit source]
Virginia Migration Routes[edit | edit source]
Atlantic Coast Ports · Chesapeake Bay · James River · Potomac River · Rappahannock River · York River · Chesapeake and Ohio Canal · Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad · Cumberland Road (or National Road) · Fall Line Road (or Southern Road) · Great Indian Warpath · Great Trading Path · Great Valley Road · Kanawha Trail · King's Highway · National Road (or Cumberland Road) · New River and Southern Trail · Occaneechi Path · Old Cherokee Path · Old Northwestern Turnpike · Pamunkey-New River Trail · Pioneer Road · Richmond Road · Richmond-Williamsburg Road · Saura-Saponi Trail · Secondary Coast Road · Fall Line Road (or (Fall LIne Road) · Upper Road · Wilderness Road · Wilmington, Highpoint, and Northern Trail
For Further Reading[edit | edit source]
Many additional sources are available listed in the FamilySearch Library catalog:
- United States, Virginia - Emigration and immigration
- United States, Virginia - Emigration and immigration - Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
- United States, Virginia - Minorities - Genealogy
- United States, Virginia - Minorities - History
- United States, Virginia - Minorities - History - Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
- Germans - Virginia
- Scots-Irish - Virginia
- African Americans - Virginia
References[edit | edit source]
- "Genealogy", at USCIS, https://www.uscis.gov/records/genealogy, accessed 26 March 2021.
- David Hackett Fischer, Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989). FHL Book 973 H2fis.
- David L. Kent, Barbados and America (Arlington, Va.: C.M. Kent, 1980). FHL Book 972.981 X2b.
- Wesley Frank Craven, White, Red, and Black: The Seventeenth-Century Virginian (Charlottesville, Va.: University Press of Virginia, 1971).
- "Manakin Town: The French Huguenot Settlement in Virginia 1700-ca. 1750," National Humanities Center Resource Toolbox. Becoming American: The British Atlantic Colonies, 1690-1763, http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/pds/becomingamer/growth/text4/frenchvirginia.pdf, accessed 23 June 2012.
- John Frederick Dorman, "Review of Research in Georgia," in The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 25, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1981):147. Digital version at American Ancestors by NEHGS ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 25 (1981)