History of immigration in the United States
Official listing of immigration in the U.S. began in 1820
History of a country, region, or group
The Passenger and Immigration Lists Index (PILI) is available online in the paid subscription to Ancestry.com. It is not available in Ancestry Library Edition.
* searches for any words beginning with that root word; example: list, lists, listing, listings
1887. Woodcut. Immigrants on deck of steamer "Germanic." Illus. in: Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, 1887 July 2, pp. 324-325. From Library of Congress.
For information about ship passenger lists, research guidelines, and resources, see
in The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy
Typical immigration records are:
Other records include:
In addition to immigration sources, other sources may give important clues for immigration research.
The census is an excellent example of this kind of source. Census schedules may help pin down a date and a country.
Census questions have asked questions about naturalization/immigration from 1880 to 1930. 1850 to 1870 asked the birthplace of each person.
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This Genealogy Research Guide is provided as a service for genealogists. It presents topics and resources to assist researchers.
The UD Library does not specialize in genealogy and does not have staff responsible for genealogy. Library staff cannot conduct research.
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