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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Finding an ancestor in Castle Garden Ships Passenger Lists

Geralynn's Question:
I just found out that my Grandparents came through Castle Gardens from Hungary. How can I find any info?
   
Olive Tree Answer: Geralynn, you haven't said what information you are looking for - a ships passenger list? I'll assume that's it.

Castle Garden existed as a processing station for immigrants between 1855 and 1890. There is no separate set of records for Castle Garden, as there is for Ellis Island.

Passenger lists for the Castle Garden time period are available on microfilm so if you know a date of arrival or a ship name you can order the microfilm or have NARA do a lookup for you.

Check the complete list of film numbers (NARA or FHC) for ships going to New York after 1820. Find your date(year, month, day if known) and write down the NARA or Family History Centre film number you need

You can also search the online Castle Garden era Ships Passenger Lists on Ancestry.com

There is a Castle Garden website but beware! It is not complete and it includes ports of arrival other than New York (Castle Garden). These are not noted as such so it can be a bit confusing

For more help with this see Castle Garden:Ships Passenger Lists to New York 1 Aug.1855 - 18 Apr. 1890

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