Today’s post is about US Port Passenger Lists from 1820-1957. Immigration records are a particular delight to me, as the great-granddaughter of immigrants from five European countries.

This Saturday, I’ll be presenting “Coming To America: Castle Garden, Ellis Island & Immigrant Ancestors” at the San Diego County Genealogical Society, one of my favorite genealogical societies.

But what if your ancestors arrived in Boston, Baltimore, New Orleans, or through Canada? One valuable guide is Joe Beine’s US Ports of Entry and Their Immigration Records and Passenger Lists. Arranged by states, Joe Beine’s site is especially valuable for comprehensive coverage of immigration records of ports throughout the United States.

Even if your ancestors arrived at US ports other than New York, my presentation and the related Sassy Jane Guide, Discovering Immigrant Ancestors at Castle Garden and Ellis Island, helps you explore what your ancestors experienced as they left their homes and sailed to New World, passed through immigration inspections, and entered the country.

US Port Passenger Lists

Arrival of RMS Olympic, Baltimore, 1911 (Courtesy Maryland Historical Society)

Using resources of the National Archives, Library of Congress, academic archives, and genealogy sources, this Sassy Jane Guide covers the complete US immigration experience of your ancestors in the late 19th- and early 20th-centuries. Focusing on the second and third waves of immigration, from 1855 at Castle Garden through 1920 at Ellis Island, Discovering Immigrant Ancestors at Castle Garden and Ellis Island also includes an extensive section on immigration records for all US ports, complete with hot links to resources to aid your family history research.

Searching for US Port Passenger Lists 1820-1957 is a great way to acquaint yourself with the resources that exist for immigration records in each of the 50 states. If you can’t make it to the meeting on Saturday in San Diego, the resources listed in this post can still advance your immigration research and help you discover what life was like for new immigrants and what records survive today helps your research.