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Registers of Vessels Arriving at the Port of New York | About the records

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About the set

Consisting of twenty-seven microfilm rolls, this set contains records about VESSELS arriving at the port of New York from foreign ports for the years 1789-1919. This set does NOT provide names of ancestors. Rather, for a specific time period, it provides the following: 
  • name of each vessel arriving in New York harbor from a foreign port 
  • its arrival date 
  • the foreign port from which it came 
Researchers can use this set to determine on which dates a specific ship arrived in New York a list of possible ships arriving from likely ports for a specific time period
 

Arrangement of records

This set is divided into two series. 
  • The first series, on rolls 1 - 22, contains records for the period 5 Aug 1789 through 30 Dec 1899. These records were made as the vessels came into port. The majority of these records are organized either chronologically or alphabetically by name of vessel. Three record gaps exist in the first series: 1 Sep 1796 - 25 Sep 1798; 29 July 1801 - 31 Dec 1804; and 14 Oct 1811 - 31 Dec 1815. 
  • The second series, on rolls 23 - 27, covers the period 3 Jan 1860 - 31 Dec 1919 and was created at a later date as a standard index to vessels arriving at New York from foreign ports. Entries are arranged alphabetically by name of vessel, then chronologically.
 

 

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