Immigration Records

Immigration Records

Each Port A Unique Experience

Immigration became a competitive trade among shipping lines and port cities vied for top ranked spots in immigrant entry. Ports attracted different immigrant populations based on their industries and partnerships with railroads and shipping companies.

Departure Records

Port of Naples – People with Migrating Restrictions.
Italian Passengers Lists – Lists of Italian Immigrants
Bank of Napoli – Italian Immigrants who sent money to Italy via the Bank of Naples.
The Questura is the General Headquarter of the Internal Police which controls every passport in every Italian province.
English ports of departure – A large number of Italian immigrants left for the Americas from French and English ports for various reasons.
Italian immigration ports of departure – Genoa, Napoli and from other European harbors.

Arrival Records

Beginning in 1820, the US government required ship captains to submit a passenger list or manifest for passengers brought aboard at any foreign port and arriving in a US port. The National Archives holds the lists in microfilm and original form.  The National Archives maintain the lists on microfilm and in original form; many of these documents were digitized and can be viewed online at Ancestry or FamilySearch.

To find your immigrant ancestors who made their way to America through ports other than New York, you can consult:

European Immigration

Ships