Immigration and Naturalization Research in New York State

The Research Library receives genealogical requests concerning passengers to America because these immigrants often landed in New York City. However, our research library does not have a strong collection of material to help with such requests since we concentrate more heavily on upstate New York than we do on the metropolitan New York City area.

What we do have on immigrants and passenger lists is limited to published books and some microfilmed indexes. We do not have original ships' records (many of which are at the National Archives in Washington, DC).

Our best suggestion to you is that you consider the following sources:

  • National Archives and Records Service
    8th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
    Washington, DC 20408
  • Immigration and Naturalization Service
    119 D Street NW
    Washington, DC 20536
  • Museum of Immigration/Statue of Liberty National Monument
    Liberty Island
    New York, NY 10004

Some books on the subject are:

  • Locating Your Immigrant Ancestor: A Guide to Naturalization Records, by James C. Neagles and Lila Lee Neagles. Rev. Ed. (Logan, Utah: Everton, 1986).
  • The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy. Edited by Arlene Eakle and Johni Cerny (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Publishing, 1984). Chapter 15: "Tracking Immigrant Origins."
  • Genealogical Research in the National Archives (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Service, 1982).
  • Genealogical Resources in the New York Metropolitan Area. Edited by Estelle M. Guzik (New York: Jewish Genealogical Society, 1989).
  • They Came in Ships, by John Philip Colletta, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry Publishing, 1989).
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