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Topic: Researching Your Family History — Immigration

A guide to support UNIV 1820 and general genealogy/family history research

Immigration Timeline

  • Prior to 1820: No record keeping was required
  • starting in 1820: All passengers’ names were recorded on the ship’s passenger lists
  • prior to 1855: No processing, passengers just walked off the ship
  • 1855 to 1890: Castle Garden
  • 1890 to 1891: Barge Office
  • 1892 to 1897: Ellis Island
  • 1897 to 1900: Barge Office (Ellis Island closed due to fire)
  • 1900 to 1924: Ellis Island
  • 1924 to 1954: Ellis Island (special cases only)

(source: steve morse.org)

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