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Weekly Tip: How to Research Immigrant Ancestors: A Short Bibliography

By Gena Philibert Ortega


Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor’s Arrival Record. Orem, Utah: Ancestry, 2002.

Eakle, Arlene H, and Linda E. Brinkerhoff. Tracing Immigrant Ancestors. Tremonton, UT: Genealogical Institute, 2002.

Filby, P W, and Mary K. Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index: A Guide to Published Arrival Records of About 500,000 Passengers Who Came to the United States and Canada in the Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Centuries. Detroit, Mich: Gale Research Co, 1981.

Huber, Leslie A. The Journey Takers. United States: Foundation Books, 2010.

Pfeiffer, Laura S. Hidden Sources: Family History in Unlikely Places. Orem, Utah: Ancestry, 2000.

Prewitt, Christa. German Immigrant Ancestors. Austin, Tex: German-Texan Heritage Society, 1997.

Minert, Roger P, Kathryn Boeckel, and Caren Winters. Germans to America and the Hamburg Passenger Lists: Coordinated Schedules. Westminster, Md: Willow Bend Books, 2005.

Reamy, Martha, and Bill Reamy. Immigrant Ancestors of Marylanders: As Found in Local Histories. Westminster, Md: Willow Bend Books, 2000.

Smolenyak, Megan. They Came to America: Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors. San Francisco, CA: Santa Fe Ventures, 2000.

Immigration Records in Szucs, Loretto D, and Sandra H. Luebking. The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy. Provo, UT: Ancestry, 2006.

Szucs, Loretto D. They Became Americans: Finding Naturalization Records and Ethnic Origins. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, 1998.

Tepper, Michael. American Passenger Arrival Records: A Guide to the Records of Immigrants Arriving at American Ports by Sail and Steam. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co, 1993.


Immigration and Travel on

Immigration Records on WorldVitalRecords

Various Canadian Emigrant Records on

Passport Applications, 1795-1905 on

United States Immigration Information on Access Genealogy

Ellis Island Foundation


Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

Immigration and Naturalization on Cyndi’s List

Understanding Your Ancestors


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