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New York, New York, Index to Passengers Lists of Vessels, 1897-1902
This article describes a collection of records at
New York City, New York, 
United States
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Record Description
Record Type Passenger Arrivals Index
Record Group RG 85: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
Collection years 1897-1902
Microfilm Publication T519. Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, June 16, 1897 -June 30,1902.. 15 rolls.
Arrangement Alphabetical
National Archives Identifier 4489221
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains indexes to passenger lists of vessels arriving at New York, New York. The records were compiled between 1897 and 1902. It corresponds with NARA series T519. The cards are arranged in alphabetical order and contain such information as name, date and place of birth, sex, occupation, nationality, place of last residence, etc.

Passenger arrival lists, or customs manifests, date back to 1820. The first official emigration station for New York was Castle Garden, located at the tip of lower Manhattan. Congressional action in 1891 resulted in federal immigration officials recording the immigrants’ arrival. After January 1892, passengers arriving in New York debarked at Ellis Island, located east of Manhattan in the New York Harbor. From 1892 to 1924, almost all immigrants entered the United States through the port of New York.

When passengers arrived at Ellis Island, they were asked a series of questions designed to determine whether they would be able to support themselves and did not have any health problems. The information was supplied by the immigrant or a traveling companion (usually a family member). Only 2% of immigrants were denied entry into the United States.

The passenger lists are usually two typed pages divided into columns and rows. When you select an image to view, sometimes the manifest includes more than one page, and when you use the "click to enlarge manifest" link, the image that appears is not always the first page. To view the other page, use the "previous" or "next" links.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Name of immigrant
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Marital Status
  • Occupation
  • Port of entry
  • Nationality
  • Race
  • Place of birth
  • Name of vessel
  • Date of arrival
  • Last permanent residence
  • Destination
  • Physical description
  • Accompanied by

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person you are looking for
  • Location of departure
  • Approximate age

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • If available, check the image for additional information
  • Analyze the entry to see if it provides additional clues to find other records of the person or their family

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Check for variant spellings. Realize that the indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings and misinterpretations
  • Entry clerks tried to record names correctly; however, mistakes may have been made in spelling foreign names. Often many second or third generation United States citizens Americanized their names, so the spelling in the passenger list may be different than the spelling that you are familiar with
  • Try a different index if there is one for the years needed. You may also need to search the passenger lists year by year
  • Search the indexes of other port cities
  • A fire broke out in the original buildings on 15 June 1897 destroying most of the immigrant records dating back to 1855. Record of your ancestor’s arrival may have been among those records

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of New York.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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