Start your search
It’s easy to begin your search from home. SOLEIF’s online Passenger Search database includes some 65 million arrival records of people coming to America through the Port of New York from 1820 through 1957.
To start, you only need a passenger’s last name. But if you can, collect additional facts to increase the odds of finding the records. Helpful information includes your ancestor’s port of departure; the date, or at least the year, of arrival in America; the immigrant’s approximate age at the time of arrival; and who they were traveling with.
Our Family History Center researchers created a series of how-to videos and a downloadable Passenger Search Tips & Tricks Guide to help you along your journey.
Looking for more help? Members at the VOYAGE level and above receive one “Immigration Records Search” session. You will be teamed with one of our research experts to help start you on your genealogical journey!