Lists of Passengers Arriving at the Port of New York
Compiled from original customs passenger lists & immigration passenger lists held by the Temple-Balch Center for Immigration Research, information in these inaugural volumes corresponds to the information given in the passenger lists-name of passenger, his age, sex, occupation, country of origin, place of residence, & destination; additionally, each passenger list is headed by the name of the ship, the port of embarkation, the port of arrival, & the date of arrival. For researchers investigating their family origins, this type of information is absolutely indispensable, since it is the very bedrock on which all American family history is built. The greatest of all genealogical adventures-the quest for immigrant origins-begins here, for these volumes go beyond gross statistical profiles & follow individuals & families from their place of origin to their destination. Only in books like this, operating at the level of microhistory, can we catch a glimpse of individuals in the crowd & get a sense of the circumstances that fuelled mass migration.