New collection of passenger list records available on

The complete set of Ellis Island passenger lists is now available free online at 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 free user name and password to see the images.

Free passenger list webinar set for March 21

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will present a free webinar on Tuesday, March 21 at 1 p.m. entitled “Fact, Fiction, and Immigration Passenger Lists.”

Too often, assumptions we make get in the way of successful passenger list research. In this webinar, US Citizenship and Immigration Services records expert Marian Smith will revive and update a 2006 presentation about understanding passenger list arrival records.

Topics included will be the availability of such records (what records survived, are they complete?), how they were created (by whom, how, and where), and how preconceived notions can help or hinder research success. Smith will also reflect on changes in passenger list research over the last decade.

This webinar will not be recorded, so be sure to join us live. To attend the webinar, go to: and click on Live Webinar Schedule and select the March 21 presentation.