Photo courtesy of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.
For centuries, people of all ages and ethnicities have left their mother
countries in order to begin a new life in America. Discovering your ancestors'
immigration experiences can be one of the most rewarding parts of genealogy,
enabling you to appreciate your role in the American melting pot. For more
information about the immigrant experience and finding records related to
immigration, select one of the topics below.
Immigration and migration in America
Locating Ship Passenger Lists, by Myra Vanderpool Gormley, CG
Notes on Naturalization, by Donna Przecha
Finding the date of arrival into the U.S.
Finding the port of exit
Finding the port of arrival
Major U.S. ports of entry and exit
Finding the country, town, or parish of foreign birth