European Immigrant Ancestors: Their Experiences and the Records eBook
Find your European immigrant ancestors with direct links to migration records for New York, the US, and Canada between 1820 and 1920. Discover arrival and departure passenger lists, shipping news, and more for your European immigrant ancestors.
Steerage passenger ID tag (Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives
What did your ancestors experience as they left their homes in Europe and sailed to the New World? What happened when they were called before an immigration inspector, and either detained or granted entry to a new country?
This eBook focuses on the second and third waves of immigration, from 1820 to 1920, through New York, the largest port in the U.S. Additional resources for other U.S. and Canadian ports are also included in Chapter 5 of this eBook.
Finding European Immigrant Ancestors’ Records
Discover departure and arrival passenger lists, shipping news, permission to emigration, and other records. Essential sites, such as Ancestry and
Steerage passengers aboard the RMS Olympic prepare to dock in New York City. (Library of Congress)
FamilySearch, are included. Then discover free resources from academic archives, European archives, the National Archives, Library of Congress, and Library Archives Canada.
Unusual resources, such as the Irish Mission at Watson House, can help your brick-wall research.
Inside European Immigrant Ancestors eBook
Chapter 1. Leaving the Old World
- Waves of Immigration
- 1607-1775: First Wave of Immigration
- 1820-1860: Second Wave of Immigration
- 1880–1920: Third Wave of Immigration
- Push – The Need to Leave
- Pull – A Reason to Come
Chapter 2. Voyaging to the New World
- Beginning the Journey
- Migrant Villages
- Departure in Steerage
- What Did Steerage Fare Cost?
- What Did Steerage Fare Buy?
- Firsthand Accounts
Chapter 3. Arriving in America
- US Customs House, 1820-1855
- Castle Garden, 1855-1890
- Barge Office, 1890-1891; 1897-1900
- Ellis Island, 1892-1897; 1900-1954
Chapter 4. Staying in America
Chapter 5. Finding Migration Records
- Before You Search
- Major U.S. Immigration Laws
- New York Passenger Arrival Lists
- Canada Emigration & Immigration Records
- All Other U.S. Ports
- Passenger List Guide
- European Departure Passenger Lists
- Newspaper Shipping News
- Resources by Nationality and/or Ethnicity
- Emigrant Aid Society Records
- Naturalization, Citizenship, and Alien Records
- Naturalization Legislation Affecting Immigrant Ancestors
- Types of Naturalization & Citizenship Records
- U.S. Customs and Immigration Service Records (USCIS)
- Finding Naturalization Records