Friday, 4 January 2008

Ancestry update

This week's Ancestry updates include New York Passenger Lists from 1820 to 1957, including many records from both Castle Garden and Ellis Island immigration processing centres. The names found in the index are linked to actual images of the passenger lists, copied from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) microfilm, M237, rolls 1-675 and T715, rolls 1-8892.

Also available is a new database on US passport applications, containing applications from 1795-1925, including emergency passport applications (passports issued abroad) from 1877-1907. It also contains passport application registers for 1810-1817, 1830-1831, and 1834-1906. Passport applications often include information regarding an applicant's family status, date and place of birth, residence, naturalization (if foreign-born), and other biographical information. Twentieth-century applications often include marriage and family information as well as dates, places, and names of ships used for travel.


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