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The Statue of Liberty
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

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