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Registers of Vessels Arriving at the Port of New York | Understanding options, tips for use

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Understanding options

It is important to look over this set's entire roll-by-roll listing for the needed time period before deciding which roll to check because more than one roll may contain helpful information.

Example: 

If it was known that an ancestor arrived at the port of New York in 1897, any of the following items might contain information of interest.

1) Roll 21 contains

Jan. 2 - Dec. 31, 1897--Alphabetical by vessel name

2) Roll 22 contains 

Jan. 2 - Dec. 31, 1897--Alphabetical by vessel name

Jan. 2 - Dec. 31, 1897

Jan. 2 - Dec. 31, 1897

3) Roll 26 contains

Jan. 2, 1896 - Dec. 31, 1897--Alphabetical by vessel name

The years 1860-1899 are covered in both the 1st and 2nd series, so it is especially important for those years to determine which roll will be most helpful. While most listings are organized in chronological order or alphabetically by name of vessel, two are by name of vessel's owner and one is by type of rig or vessel.

Tips for searching in 1860-1899 (years covered by both series)

If the name of vessel is known: Using microfilm in the 2nd series, determine the vessel's dates of arrival for a given year and record those dates. Then look for your person in that year or time period in Ancestry's "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957" database or the appropriate rolls of microfilm containing New York passenger arrival records.

If the year of arrival is known but not the name of the vessel: Check the 1st series to see if there is a chronological list for the needed year(s). If one exists, then review the listings for that year and select the more likely vessels to search, based on the port of departure. German immigrants were more likely to have arrived on vessels coming from Liverpool, Hamburg or Bremen than ones coming from ports such as Calcutta, India, or Shanghai, China. 

 
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