New collection of passenger list records available on FamilySearch.org

The complete set of Ellis Island passenger lists is now available free online at FamilySearch.org. These databases cover the years 1820-1957.

New York Passenger Lists (Castle Garden) – 1820-1891
In 1820, the federal government required ship captains to submit lists of passengers to custom officials. This record set contains the passenger lists for Castle Garden, which was open from 1855-1890.

New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island) – 1892-1924

This record set contains 25 million names of passengers. Once you find a name, you can click to see the individual record images. If you would like to see an image of the ship, you can find it at the Liberty Foundation Ellis Island website.

New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists – 1926-1957
There are over 5 million records images in this record set including passenger lists from New York airports.

You can find these databases by selecting Records from the Search tab and then typing in the name of the collection in the Collection Title search box.

You will need to create a FamilySearch.org free user name and password to see the images.

Ellis Island fire to be topic of webinar

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will present a free webinar this Friday, May 29, at 1 p.m.

The topic will be “How Castle Garden Records Burned in the Ellis Island Fire.” Exactly what records burned in the 1897 fire that consumed Ellis Island? Were “some,” “many,” “most,” or “all” records destroyed? Were passenger lists destroyed or “only administrative” records? Some say State and municipal records were burned, but why would those records be at a Federal immigration station? Did we really lose anything in that fire?

For more information, and links to the handout and the session, go to: www.uscis.gov/HGWebinars