African American Family History: Immigration Records

Finding & Analyzing U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Records

Major respositories for accessing U.S. immigration and naturalization records. NOTES: A) The U.S. Federal Government did not start requiring ship passenger lists until January 1, 1820, and B) Courts did not have to start forwarding naturalization records to the U.S. Federal Government until 1906.

Ancestry brings you a deep dive on understanding United States passenger lists to discover your ancestors. There are 132 collections that represent over 140 million records.

A playlist of immigration record tutorials provided by Ancestry.com's YouTube Channel. Click on a thumbnail (displayed at the bottom of the video player) to preview or play a specific tutorial. The videos will also play in sequence.

A playlist of immigration record tutorials provided by the U.S. National Archives' YouTube channel. Click on a thumbnail (displayed at the bottom of the video player) to preview or play a specific tutorial. The videos will also play in sequence.

Good tutorials and tips for locating and analyzing U.S. immigration and naturalization records.
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