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Finding Ancestors When Your Ancestor Arrived in America as Part of an Ethnic Group Immigration

Where did your Ancestor Arrive in America?

In the 1800s and 1900s there were five major ports of arrival for immigrants. They were New York New York, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Baltimore Maryland, Boston Massachusetts and New Orleans Louisiana

There were smaller ports of arrival that you should consider - Maine, Delaware, Rhode Island, Texas, Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, Connecticut, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Alaska, California, Hawaii and Washington

Your ancestor may have arrived at a Canadian Port (fares were cheaper) and then travelled across the Canada-U.S. border to settle. If your ancestor came via Mexico he would use a USA-Mexico Border Entry port such as Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas

Check census records and land records to see where your immigrant ancestor settled after arrival.


Did Your Ancestor Arrive in America as Part of an Ethnic Group Immigration?

Over the years, there have been various immigration and emigration groups of passengers. Check these for help with a brick-wall ancestor's immigration or passenger list

Mayflower & Other New England Passengers 1600s

Dutch to New Netherland (New York) 1624-1664

German Emigration & Immigration

Irish Famine Immigrants 1846-1851

Mennonites to America Mennonite Passenger Lists 1872-1904 arrived in the ports of Philadelphia, NewYork, and Baltimore

African Slaves 1818-1860 to New Orleans Louisiana

Jewish Immigration to America

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