New York, New York, Index to Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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New York, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Emigration and Immigration
Collection years 1820-1846
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What is in This Collection?

The collection consists of Card file Index to early New York passenger lists. Corresponds to NARA publication M261: Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York for the years 1820 to 1846 part of Record Group 36 Records of the U.S. Customs Service.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New York, New York, Index to Passenger Lists, 1820-1846.

Collection Content

Sample Images

What Can This Collection Tell Me?

The card index to passenger lists may include some or all of the following information:

  • Full Name(s) of immigrants
  • Immigrants' age, gender, marital status and occupation
  • Physical description
  • Birthplace or Nationality of immigrant
  • Country where immigrant holds citizenship
  • Last place of residence in that country
  • Name(s) of person(s) accompanying immigrant
  • Name of relative or friend living at last residence
  • Name of relative or friend to be visited in this country
  • Final destination of immigrant
  • Name of ship and port of departure
  • Ship's arrival date and port of entry

How Do I Search This Collection?

To begin your search, it is helpful to know:

  • All or part of the name of the person you are looking for
  • The approximate date of immigration.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in your ancestor’s name on the search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "Alphabetical Surname Range" category which takes you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

With either search keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.


What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

I Found the Person I was Looking For, What Now?

Use the information to:

  • Learn an immigrant’s place of origin
  • Confirm their date of arrival
  • Learn foreign and “Americanized” names
  • Find records in his or her country of origin such as emigrations, port records, or ship’s manifests.

Keep in Mind:

  • If your ancestor had a common name, be sure to look at all the entries for a name before you decide which is correct.
  • Continue to search the passenger lists to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who may have immigrated at the same time.
  • If your ancestor has an uncommon surname, you may want to obtain the passenger list of every person who shares your ancestor’s surname if they lived in the same county or nearby. You may not know how or if they are related, but the information could lead you to more information about your own ancestors.
  • Arrival lists was used by legal authorities to gather personal information about immigrants prior to the person being allowed to live in the United States.
  • The information was supplied by the immigrant or a traveling companion (usually a family member). Incorrect information was occasionally given, or mistakes may have been made when the clerk guessed at the spelling of foreign names.
  • Please note that when you select an image to view, sometimes the manifest includes more than one page, and when you use the "click to enlarge manifest" link, the image that appears is not always the first page of the record. You may need to click on the "previous" or "next" links to view the remaining pages of the full manifest.

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Check for variant spellings of the name.
  • Look for other indexes. Records are often indexed by local historical and genealogical societies.
  • Search the passenger lists year by year.
  • Search the indexes of other port cities.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"New York, New York, Index to Passenger Lists, 1820-1846." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing NARA microfilm publication M261. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. About Blog Feedback Site Map App Gallery Cookie Preferences

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