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The National Archives has digitized a tiny fraction of their holdings and made them available on-line. Some of these digitized records include: Sample Case Files of Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Applications Based on Revolutionary War Service, ca. 1800 – ca. 1900 ; WWII Army Enlistment Records; WWII prisoner of War Records; Many other military records from various wars or campaigns.

The Ellis Island database contains names and data for over 22.5 million immigrants who arrived by ship in the Port of New York between 1892 and 1924. Both ship passengers and the ship crew members are included in the Ellis Island surname search engine.

More than one in six native born Americans are descendants of the eight million immigrants who entered the U.S. through Castle Garden.

  • For U.S. Archive records of other arrival ports: (i.e. New Orleans ) go to:

http://www.archives.gov/research/immigration/passenger-arrival.html

    Prior to 1820: No record keeping was required.
    Starting in 1820: All passenger’s 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)
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