Your genealogical search is underway and you want to discover the emigration and immigration events associated with your ancestors lives. It isn’t quite as hard to find the information as you thought thanks to the FamilySearch Wiki. Almost all residents of the United States, have immigrant ancestors. Our families are in America thanks to lineal immigration from the old country. Even native Americans eventually make claim to their lineal migration from another continent.
If we live in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, the Americas in general let alone all other locations in the world, we can almost always trace cousins who have moved to the United States. After all, it is the melting part of humanity.
We don’t have to go very far back in time to discover that it is hard to find records for our families. A hop across an ocean usually is as good as drawing an eraser through their history. We trace their lives to that point and then the trail usually goes cold, unless we they left the names of their parents and the location of their homes.
Fortunately ship passenger records were kept for the majority of the migrants to America who came after the 1840’s.
Of course, migration happened and happens all over the world. Flow charts that depict population movements around the world are replete with arrows going up, down, left, right, east, west, north and south.
How can we discover the names and location of migratory records that help us find our fleet-of-foot family? It is simple. Go to the FamilySearch Research Wiki and search for terms like “immigration”. As of this the date of this post, the research resulted in 1744 articles that address immigration.
The Research Wiki is so full of articles about immigration that researchers will undoubtedly need to add additional terms to narrow the search results to a manageable group.
Are you looking for Free Online New York Passenger Lists? There is a lengthy wiki article that includes all of the films containing these records in the Family History Library, not just the single film listed on this screen capture.
Are you interested in immigrants who passed through New York Harbor? Take a look at the New York Emigration and Immigration article. Your quest will be a lot easier after you read it through.
The Emigration and Immigration Websites article is full of links that can help you find records all over the world.
Are you looking for Brazil Emigration and Immigration information? Then check out that article. Who knew there were so many records? Do you know of more resources that should be in the article? Add them. Share your expertise and knowledge with everyone else just like they have been doing on the wiki with you.
Australia Emigration and Immigration is covered in a number of articles. I’ve found them to be very helpful in my own ancestral quest.
Are you looking for people who were in the Schleswig-Holstein migration from Prussia to America? There is an article about them too.
How about Emigration and Immigration records involving Ireland and its citizens? Look no farther than the research wiki.
The locations and screen captures could go on for hours, but the concept has been well covered already. Just remember these words. Family History Research is much easier if you use the FamilySearch Research Wiki.
Make it easy on yourself. Give it a try today.Copyright (c) Lee Drew 2012-03-05 08:00:00
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