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Accessing Immigration Records

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Except for some regional libraries who have a set of books containing names of immigrants, the best opportunity to find immigration records is at the National Archives. For various reasons, the Ship Manifest was not always given over at the time of arrival. And, sometimes several months passed after the voyage. The genealogist can expect to learn the name of the vessel and date of entry into the United States. A list of passengers with information concerning their nationality, where born, age, height color of hair, occupation, and place of last residence. The National Archives has records of arrivals to the United States from foreign ports between approximately 1820 and 1982 and are arranged by Port of Arrival. As in all research, diligence is the key. However, one also needs to educate himself concerning common ports of entry for different time periods.


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