Published Arrival Records

Even though the figures are not exact, it is believed that between 30 and 50 million people emigrated to America from the end of the sixteenth century. The oldest record of migrant ancestors was drafted by the colonial authorities. This practice continued under the auspices of different Governments once America seceded from Great Britain and Latin America won its independence from Spain. Preservation of records at the local level continued until 1820. Then a million people had arrived in this corner of the planet. Those looking for their ancestors who arrived centuries ago can review records that are retained in the capital cities. Can research of the ancestors be supported by the book a bibliography of list passenger boat, 1583-1825? (A Bibliography of Ship Passenger Lists (1583-1825) (from Harold Lancour. This title is available in most libraries.

After 1820, immigration records have been concentrated in the national archive in Washington, DC. Towards the end of the century XlX, migration to the United States increased dramatically. During the period from 1880 to 1924 25 million people emigrated from Europe to America. Many also came from Asia. Two excellent sources to search for ancestors who arrived between those dates are: the passenger lists that contain data collected by the customs service of the United States (information from 1820 to 1892) and lists of passengers migrants ranging from 1906 to 1957. These last relations are in the hands of the immigration and Naturalization Service. Records mean a very rich source of information for anyone who seeks its origin. The name of the family, as well as data relating to the port which sailed and what was engaged, also appears in these contents.

To begin researching the ancestors, through records of migration or emigration, is needed to take several steps: the researcher must know the full name of your family member, this will help you locate the year that came to America; and we will also need determine the port of entry to the country. Consider that there may be spelling variations in the full name of the people. Any reference to the village where his predecessor did or boat that traveled will be invaluable. Each tiny track or detail will facilitate the review of immigration records. It is advised the investigator placed a copy of the passenger and immigration lists index book: A Guide to records published from the arrival of passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth century, eighteen, and nineteen (Passenger and Immigration Lists Index: A Guide to Published Arrival Records of Passengers Who Came to the United States and Canada in the Seventeenth)(, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Centuries), edited by Filby. With so many resources at hand, migration and emigration records must provide to you the information you need to be successful when looking for their predecessors.