Sassy Jane Genealogy

US and European Genealogy Research

Sassy Jane Genealogy

US and European Genealogy Research

Discovering Immigrant Ancestors


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Discovering Immigrant Ancestors contains 25 pages of  links for 19th- and 20th-century European immigration records through all US ports.

Discover European immigrant ancestors who left Europe between 1820 and 1920. What did your ancestors experience as they left their homes and sailed to America? Find and use migration records, both essential and lesser-known, in this Sassy Jane Genealogy eBook.


Discovering Immigrant Ancestors

immigrant ancestors garment tag

Identification Tag, Worn by Disembarking Immigrants (Courtesy Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives)

Discover migration records for your immigrant ancestors at the major genealogy research sites, plus the National ArchivesLibrary of Congress, academic archives, and European archives. Did you ancestors arrive at ports other than New York? You’ll find links to those ports too.

Waves of Immigration

American immigration history before 1965 unfolded three waves, each with its own distinct motivations, ethnicities, and peaks and ebbs. The first wave of immigration was relatively small. 

About one million people arrived in the colonies, as free men and women, indentured servants, or slaves during this period. The Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 curtailed new arrivals.

This ebook examines the second immigration wave from 1820-1860, and the third immigration wave from 3rd: 1880-1920

In this Sassy Jane Genealogy eBook

1. Leaving the Old World

2. Voyaging to the New World

3. Arriving in New York (1820-1920)

  • Customs House
  • Castle Garden
  • Barge Office
  • Ellis Island

4. Staying in America

5. Finding Migration Records

  • Arrival Passenger Lists
  • Departure Passenger Lists
  • Genealogy Resources by Nationality/Ethnicity
  • Permission To Emigrate
  • Passport Applications
  • Emigrant Aid Societies
  • Medical Records
  • H. Naturalization, Citizenship and Alien Records

Appendix A: Sassy Jane Guides

Appendix B. Bibliography

Appendix C: First-Person Immigrant Accounts

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2 reviews for Discovering Immigrant Ancestors

  1. Katherine R. Willson

    An excellent guide to all aspects of our immigrant ancestors’ journey to America – the factors involved in their decisions to leave their home, preparations for the journey, experiences aboard the ships, their first day in America, and life after immigration. The last section on finding immigration records is especially outstanding – rather than simply discussing passenger lists (which she’s done in a superb fashion), the author guides the reader towards additional records that are rarely sought after, documents that may contain valuable information that’s not been found anywhere else. I’m eagerly awaiting Ms. Loe’s next books!

  2. Nancy Loe

    John in Illinois writes, “With your ebook, I found several new records. Thanks!”

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