United States Immigration Online Genealogy Records

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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 Strategy

  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 Databases

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

Collections With Nationwide Coverage

Included in Above Partner Site Indexes

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

Additional Collections Not Included in Above Partner Site Indexes

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

Border Crossings

Immigration Records By Major Port

Baltimore
Boston
Galveston
Honolulu
Los Angeles
New Orleans
New York
Philadelphia
San Diego
San Francisco

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

Indentured or Bonded Servants
Slavery
Quaker
British
Chinese
Dutch
German
Filipino
Finnish
Irish
Italian
Japanese
Jewish
Russian

Immigration Records By State

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

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
California
Florida
Georgia
Idaho
Indiana
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Minnesota
Michigan
Minnesota
Montana
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin
U.S. Territories