Genealogy and the Internet, Highlighting Immigration Sources
Becky Hill, Head Librarian
Hayes Presidential Library
* - Denotes web sites that cost a fee.
I. *AncestryLibraryEdition- www.ancestrylibrary.com - Hayes Presidential Library has a paid subscription. (similar to Ancestry.com) . There is a difference between Ancestry.com (individual subscription) and AncestryLibrary.com (library subscription) – they don’t have all the same databases. Both have the following:
1. Census records for the following years for the entire country
2. Census indexes to all censuses.
3. Immigration Records
a. New York Passenger Lists, 1851-1891; 1935-1938 – includes images
b. New York Passenger Lists, 1820- 1850 – index only, no images
c. Boston Passenger Lists, 1891-1943 – includes images
d. Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1883-1945 – includes images
e. Filby’s Passenger and Immigration List Index – 4.5 million names, mostly before 1820’s; an index to other sources.
f. Wuertemberg Emigration Index 1700’s – 1900; index only, no images.
g. Many other smaller databases of passenger lists and naturalizations.
II. www.ellisisland.org – Ellis Island records from 1892 to 1924
Register (for free) to access full information. Example – Donato Iannantuono. Be sure to see if there is more than one page of information.
Different sections – printed info. on form, manifest listing of image; printed listing of manifest, image of ship. Photos of ship and manifest can be ordered for a fee.
III. http://www.castlegarden.org/ -offers free access to a database of information on 10 million immigrants from 1830 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened. Over 73 million Americans can trace their ancestors to this early immigration period
IV. http://stevemorse.org/ Steve Morse created these One-Step tools: they provide more powerful interfaces for searching existing databases. Indexes Ellis Island, Castle Garden, Ancestry’s databases, census, etc.
http://stevemorse.org/onestep/onestep.htm- explains why his index is helpful. Good examples on how to search for ancestors using names like Irving Berlin and Albert Einstein.
Note that some links on his site are to fee-based databases($) and some are free (1 step).
V. Cyndi’s List: Largest site for finding genealogical web pages by general topics – over 250,000 links listed http://cyndislist.com
http://www.cyndislist.com/immigrat.htm- lists about 500 web sites, all on immigration, divided into web sites on Ellis Island, Migration Routes, Roads & Trails, Ports of Departure. Ports of Entry, Ships & Passenger Lists
VI. Other good immigration web sites:
A. Emigration Port Hamburg
Excellent online presentation of why Hamburg was a major port of departure for immigrants, how the were treated, what they faced, and how the process of departure worked. * Hamburg Emigration List is a database of emigrants who left Europe from 1890-1901 from Hamburg. Fee-based http://ltyr.hamburg.de
B. Finding Passenger Lists & Immigration Records 1820-1940s arrivals at US ports from Europe by Joe Beine- general article, not a listing of names.
C. Germans to America 1850-1897– 1850-1888 on CD at HPC; on * Genealogy.com (fee-based web site; Hayes does not subscribe)
D. All about immigration and migration from Genealogy.com - free informational pages http://www.genealogy.com/genealogy/00000388.html?priority=0000900
E. Immigration: The living Mosaic of People, Culture, and Hope
Informative site on the history of immigration into the United States with interesting graphics.
F. Luxembourg emigration in the 19th century- http://www.igd-leo.lu/igd-leo/emigration/emigrationus.html - notes Seneca County as a destination .
G. http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~maggieoh/pioneer.html - A web site for pioneer migration routes through Ohio
VII. Family Search: Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) web site: www.familysearch.org
A free computerized system of genealogical information that helps researchers identify their ancestors and organize family history information.
No passenger lists, but extensive genealogical information throughout world.
VIII. * HeritageQuest Online – www.heritagequestonline.com- Library has a paid subscription.
No specific immigration sources.
1. Census record images from 1790 to 1930 for the entire country
2. Census indexes to 1790 to 1820, 1860-1870, 1890, 1900-1920, 1930 (partial)
3. Over 25,000 family and local histories.
4. PERSI – The Periodical Source Index – an index to 6500 genealogical journals, including 1.6 million citations.
5. Revolutionary War Pension Records – index and images
6. Freedmen’s Bank Index and images
IX. USGenWeb.com - Organization is by county and state, and this website provides you with links to all the state genealogy websites which, in turn, provide gateways to the counties