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

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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.

What Can These Records 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

Collection Content

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How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the individual
  • The approximate date of immigration

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the appropriate Alphabetical Surname Range to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

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
  • 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
  • Consult the New York Record Finder to find other records

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 and images. FamilySearch. : 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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