Immigration & Foreign Sources
American Family Immigration History Center® - Information on millions of ship passengers arriving at Ellis Island and the Port of New York can be accessed through this site: Just click the blue “Passenger Search” button in the upper right corner.
CastleGarden.org - An educational project of The Battery Conservancy. This free site offers access to an extraordinary database of information on 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened. More than 100 million Americans can trace their ancestors to this early immigration period.
Jewish Genealogy - Affiliated with the Museum of Jewish Heritage, this site includes a discussion group, the Family Finder database of 400,000 surnames and towns, ShtetLinks for 200-plus communities and the Family Tree of the Jewish People, with data on nearly 4 million people. Regional special- interest groups range from Eastern Europe to Southern Africa.
Roots Ireland - If you don't find your Irish family here, keep checking back—county genealogical research centers throughout the Emerald Isle are transcribing church registers, civil registrations (mostly 1864 to 1900 so far) and gravestone inscriptions here. Census returns include 1901 and 1911 plus extant records from 1821, 1834, 1841, 1884 and 1895. Searching is free; each transcribed record will cost you about $6.50.
Scotland's People - Searching the wills and testaments (1513 to 1901) and coats of arms (1672 to 1907) databases here is free. About $11 will get you record images in this official collection of statutory registers, old parish registers, censuses (1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901), births and baptisms (1553 to 1854, 1855 to 2006), marriages and banns (1553 to 1854, 1855 to 1933), and deaths (1855 to 2006).