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Genealogy Guide: United States

How to Obtain Records

If your online search is not successful, you can manually search microfilmed indexes and ship lists at the National Archives. Click here for the addresses and holdings of regional branches.

If you have reasonably exact information about your immigrant’s arrival in the U.S. (typically, the date and name of the ship) you can request a search of the relevant list directly from NARA by completing NATF Form 81. Request Form 81 online or by writing to:

National Archives and Records Administration
Attn: NWCTB, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20408-0001

Include your name and mailing address. Please note that there is a charge of $25.00 fee.

National Archives and Records Administration

National Archives Building
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20408
(866) 272-6272

NARA New York Regional Branch
201 Varick Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10014
(212) 401-1620 or (866) 840-1752

Further Reading

Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. 2d ed. (Ancestry, Inc., 1993) Genealogy Institute CS 49 .C63 1993

Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives of the United States. (NARA, 2000) Genealogy Institute Z 5313 .U5 U54 2000

Tepper, Michael. American Passenger Arrival Records. (Genealogical Pub. Co., 1988) Genealogy Institute C 549 .T46

Stern, Malcolm H. First American Jewish families. 600 genealogies, 1654-1977. (Cincinnati American Jewish Archives, 1978). LBI Library ; REF ; CS 59 S76 1978

Stern, Malcolm H. Jews of Texas: some sources for their genealogy. (Texas State Genealogical Society, 1982.) AJHS ; AJHS Monographs ; Z6373.U5 ; S6

Rochlin, Harriet. Pioneer Jews: a new life in the Far West. (Houghton Mifflin, 1984.) AJHS ; AJHS Monographs ; F596.3.J5 ; R63

Krasner-Khait, Barbara. Discovering your Jewish ancestors (Heritage Quest, 2001.) CGI ; REF ; CS66.J4 ; K73 2001

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