Resources for Finding New York Passenger Lists 1847-1897

Castle Garden Passenger Lists Guide

This is sometimes called the "Castle Garden" era as immigrants were processed at New York's Castle Garden from 1855-1890.

Ship passenger records for the port of New York have not been indexed on microfilm from 1847 to mid 1897. However, they have been indexed online and there are many other finding aids for locating immigrants in New York passenger records for this period, including...
  • The New York Times - the New York Times usually listed ship arrivals (but very few passengers) each day in a column called "Marine Intelligence." Information usually included date of arrival, name of ship, port of departure and name of Captain. Here is an example...

    "New York/Thursday, May 26/Arrived... Steamship Rotterdam, (Dutch,) Vis, Rotterdam 12 ds., with mdse. and passengers to Funch, Edye & Co." (New York Times 27 May 1887, p. 3)

    This listing shows the Steamship Rotterdam (a Dutch ship) arriving from the port of Rotterdam on May 26, 1887. The voyage took 12 days. Vis is the name of the ship's Captain. Note that the microfilmed passenger list for this ship (which I have looked at) is dated 27 May (the next day).

    Check your local library to see if they carry the New York Times on microfilm. Or you can try searching online...
  • Mennonite Book Resource: Index to Mennonite Immigrants on United States Passenger Lists, 1872-1904 compiled and edited by David A. Haury; Publisher - North Newton, KS: Mennonite Library and Archives, 1986. Ask at your local library.


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