The American Family Immigration History Center
Located in the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and on the World Wide Web, the
American Family Immigration History Center (AFIHC) allows visitors to explore
the extraordinary collection of immigrant arrival records stored in the Ellis
Searching our archives can help inform your own family's story--inspiring a new
sense of your place in the larger story of American immigration.
The Ellis Island Archives
More than 22 million passengers and members of ships' crews entered the United
States through Ellis Island and the Port of New York between 1892 and 1924.
Information about each person was written down in ships' passenger lists, known
as "manifests." Manifests were used to examine immigrants upon arrival in the
Now you can search these millions of records for information on individual
Ellis Island passengers. To prepare for your search, gather as much information
as you can, such as: the passenger's first and last names; approximate year of
arrival; "ethnicity" (which may include race, nationality, and religion);
approximate age on arrival; ship of travel; port of departure; and whether the
passenger traveled with other family members.
The Passenger Record Archive
In the Passenger Record Archive, you'll find:
You can keep copies of the passenger records, manifests, and ship images in
Your Ellis Island File--which you can open on Ellis Island or here on this
Website. And you can purchase copies of these documents at our online Gift Shop
or at the Interpretive Shop on Ellis Island.
passenger records, giving passenger name, date of arrival, ship of
travel, age on arrival, and more
original manifests, showing passenger names and other information
ship information, often with a picture, giving the history and
background of each ship that brought the immigrants
The Community Archive
Our Community Archive is a growing collection of annotations to the passenger
records. Sustaining Members of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation
(SOLEIF) create the annotations, which give new information on a passenger's
background and life in the United States. Nonmembers and members alike can view