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US Ports of Arrival and their Available Passenger Lists 1820-1957

includes Canadian and Mexican Border Crossing Records

US Ports of Entry - their Immigration Records and Passenger Lists - A Genealogy Guide by Joe Beine

Below is a list of many United States sea ports and land border ports that have published immigration records (passenger arrival lists) 1820-1957, organized by state. Included are Canadian border crossing records, which are listed under each border state, with further information in a separate section near the end of this webpage. Mexican border crossing records are also listed here for California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. The rest are for ship passenger arrival records (and a select few for airplane passenger lists). Some crew lists, a few passenger departure records, and some passenger arrivals after 1957, are also included. U.S. Territories are listed following the Wisconsin section below.

For basic passenger lists research guides and information see...

Emigration and Immigration: Passenger Lists and Naturalization Records

The links below have information about indexes for passenger lists, digitized passenger records, or other finding aids for various ports. For some ports you will see information about these items listed directly on this page. (NARA=National Archives and Records Administration; FHL=LDS Family History Library.)

Alabama Alaska
  • Microfilm: Passenger Lists for Alaskan Ports 1906-1946 at the National Archives
  • Online Database: Alaska Alien Arrivals 1906-1949 - Name Index & Microfilm Images at Ancestry (requires payment) includes the following...
    • Eagle, Alaska, 1906-1946
    • Hyder, Alaska, 1906-1946
    • Ketchikan, Alaska 1906-1946
    • Nome, Alaska, 1906-1946
    • Skagway (White Pass), Alaska, 1906-1946
  • Note: NARA Microfilm Publication M2016 (Alphabetical Index of Alien Arrivals at Eagle, Hyder, Ketchikan, Nome, and Skagway, Alaska, June 1906-August 1946) is also available from the Family History Library on one roll of microfilm (FHL Roll #2138428); or try the online Alaska database listed above
Arizona (Mexican Border Crossing Records) California Connecticut
  • Connecticut Ports 1929-1959
    • Online Index and Images at Ancestry: Atlantic Ports Passenger Lists (for Connecticut and other ports) (requires payment) includes digitized images from: Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels (February 1929-February 1959) and Airplanes (April 1946-February 1959) Arriving at Bridgeport, Groton, Hartford, New Haven, and New London, Connecticut; National Archives Microfilm Publication M1320. Note: "Most of the records are of alien crew members of vessels; however, some alien and U.S. citizen passengers of vessels and airplanes, and some U.S. citizen crew members of airplanes are included." (quote from NARA's website); Ancestry's database also includes New London, Connecticut Passenger Lists from Microfilm Publication A3468.
    • For microfilm information see: Connecticut Ports, 1929-1959 at the National Archives
Delaware District of Columbia Florida
  • Online Florida Passenger Lists and Indexes
    • Florida Passenger Lists Index & Images 1898-1951 (at Ancestry/requires payment) includes digitized images of the passenger lists from the microfilm. This database indexes the following Florida ports...
      • Key West (1898-1945)
      • Knights Key (citizens and aliens: Feb. 1908-Jan. 1912)
      • Panama City (citizens: 1933-1936, aliens: 1927-1939)
      • Pensacola (citizens: Jun. 1924 - Aug. 1948, aliens: Mar. 1946 - Nov. 1948) (also includes passenger lists of ships departing from Pensacola for Aug. 1926 - Mar. 1948)
      • Port Everglades (citizens, aliens, and airline crew: Feb. 1932-May 1951) (includes lists from vessels and airplanes)
      • St. Petersburg (citizens, aliens, crew members: Dec. 1926-Mar. 1941)
      • Tampa (Nov. 1898-Dec. 1945) (Gaps for which no records exist: Dec. 21, 1902-Sept. 2, 1904 and May 1, 1915-Nov. 30, 1915)
    • Index to Alien Arrivals by Airplane at Miami, Florida, 1930-1942 (at Ancestry/requires payment) from National Archives Microfilm A3382; includes digitized images
  • Microfilmed Florida Passenger Records & Finding Aids
    • Boca Grande, Florida, 1890-1924 (index) and 1912-1939 (see below)
    • Jacksonville, Florida, 1890-1924
    • Key West, Florida, 1837-1868, 1890-1924, and 1898-1945
    • Knights Key, Florida
      • Knights Key, Florida, 1890-1924
      • Knights Key, Florida, 1908-1912 - Microfilm: "Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Knights Key, Florida, February 1908-January 1912" (NARA Publication A3371, 3 rolls) - this is also available online (see above)
    • Miami, Florida, 1890-1924
    • Panama City, Florida - One roll of microfilm available from the National Archives: "Passenger Lists of Aliens (1927-1939) and Citizens (1933-1939) Arriving at Panama City, Florida;" National Archives Microfilm Publication M1840 Roll 1 - this is also available online (see above)
    • Pensacola, Florida, 1890-1924 (index)
    • Pensacola, Florida, 1924-1948: "Passenger Lists of Citizens (June 1924 - August 1948) and Aliens (March 1946 - November 1948) Arriving at Pensacola, Florida, and Passenger Lists of Vessels Departing from Pensacola, Florida (August 1926 - March 1948)" - National Archives Microfilm Publication M2021 Roll 1 - this is also available online (see above)
    • Saint Augustine, Florida, 1821-1870
    • Saint Johns, Florida, 1865
    • Saint Petersburg, Florida - Microfilm: "Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at St. Petersburg, Florida, December 1926-March 1941" (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1959, 1 roll) - this is also available online (see above) Note: there are no lists from 1927-1935 on this roll.
    • Tampa, Florida, 1890-1924 (index)
    • Tampa, Florida, 1898-1945: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Tampa, Florida, November 2, 1898-December 31, 1945; NARA Publication M1844, 65 rolls - this is also available online (see above)
    • Additionally, the National Archives has one roll of microfilm covering the Florida ports and dates listed below. The title of this record is: "Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Georgetown, South Carolina, 1923-1939, and at Apalachicola, Boynton, Boca Grande, Carrabelle, Fernandina, Fort Pierce, Hobe Sound, Lake Worth, Mayport, Millville, Port Inglis, Port St. Joe, St. Andrews, and Stuart, Florida, 1904-1942;" Available on 1 roll of microfilm: National Archives Publication M1842, Roll 1
      • Apalachicola, Florida, 1918
      • Boca Grande, Florida, 1912-1939
      • Boynton, Florida, 1942
      • Carrabelle, Florida, 1915
      • Fernandina, Florida, 1904-1935
      • Fort Pierce, Florida, 1939 and 1942
      • Hobe Sound, Florida, 1942
      • Lake Worth, Florida, 1942
      • Mayport, Florida, 1902 and 1916
      • Millville, Florida, 1916
      • Port Inglis, Florida, 1912-1913
      • Port St. Joe, Florida, 1923 and 1939
      • Saint Andrews, Florida, 1916-1926
      • Stuart, Florida, 1942
Georgia Hawaii Idaho
For these ports see the Canadian Border Crossing Records section below
  • Eastport, Idaho
  • Porthill, Idaho
Louisiana Maine
  • Maine Passenger Lists, 1894-1960 (at Ancestry/requires payment) coverage varies by port; includes:
    • Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boothbay Harbor, Maine. NARA microfilm publication A3601.
    • Passenger Lists of the Vessel Norango Departing from Boothbay Harbor, Maine. NARA microfilm publication A3926.
    • Manifests of Alien and Citizen Arrivals at Fort Kent, Limestone, Madawaska, and Van Buren, Maine. NARA microfilm publication A3937.
    • Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Portland, Maine, compiled 02/01/1944-11/22/1954. NARA microfilm publication A4201.
    • Index to Alien Arrivals at Portland, Maine. NARA microfilm publication A4190 (compiled ca.1894-ca.1946; The bulk of the entries are for the years 1894-1914.).
    • Passenger and Crew Manifests of Airplanes Arriving at Portland, Maine, 04/13/1946-11/24/1954. NARA microfilm publication A3636.
  • Bangor, Maine - Microfilm: Manifests of Alien Arrivals at Bangor and Houlton, Maine, ca. 1906-1953; NARA Publication A3428, 3 rolls.
  • Calais, Maine - Alphabetical Manifest Cards of Alien Arrivals at Calais, Maine, ca. 1906-1952. NARA Publication M2042, 5 rolls; also see the Canadian Border Records section below
  • Eastport, Maine, see the Canadian Border Records section below
  • Falmouth, Maine 1820-1868: see Portland, Maine in the section above; also see the Canadian Border Records section below
  • Fort Fairfield, Maine - Alphabetical Manifest Cards of Alien and Citizen Arrivals at Fort Fairfield, Maine, ca. 1909-April 1953. NARA Publication M2064, 1 roll; also see the Canadian Border Records section below
  • Fort Kent, Maine, see the Canadian Border Records section below
  • Houlton, Maine - see Bangor, Maine above, and see the Canadian Border Records section below
  • Jackman, Maine - Alphabetical Manifest Cards of Alien Arrivals at Jackman, Maine, ca. 1909-1953. NARA Publication M2046, 3 rolls; also see the Canadian Border Records section below
  • Lowelltown, Maine, see the Canadian Border Records section below
  • Lubec, Maine, see the Canadian Border Records section below
  • Madawaska, Maine, see the Canadian Border Records section below
  • Old Town, Maine, see the Canadian Border Records section below
  • Portland, Maine, see above
  • Van Buren, Maine - Alphabetical Manifest Cards of Alien Arrivals at Van Buren, Maine, ca. 1906-1952. NARA Publication M2065, 1 roll
  • Vanceboro, Maine - Alphabetical Manifest Cards of Alien Arrivals at Vanceboro, Maine, ca. 1906-December 24, 1952. NARA Publication M2071, 13 rolls
Maryland Massachusetts
  • For these Massachusetts ports see: Passenger Arrival Lists for Miscellaneous Atlantic, Gulf Coast & Great Lakes Ports 1820-1873
    • Barnstable, Massachusetts, 1820-1826
    • Dighton, Massachusetts, 1820-1836
    • Edgartown, Massachusetts, 1820-1870
    • Fall River, Massachusetts, 1837-1865
    • Gloucester, Massachusetts, 1820-1870
    • Hingham, Massachusetts, 1852
    • Marblehead, Massachusetts, 1820-1849
    • Nantucket, Massachusetts, 1820-1862
    • New Bedford, Massachusetts, 1826-1852
    • Newburyport, Massachusetts, 1821-1839
    • Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1821-1844
    • Salem, Massachusetts, 1865-1866
Michigan
  • Detroit, Michigan...
    • Online Index: Detroit Border Crossings and Passenger and Crew Lists 1905-1957 (at Ancestry/requires payment) includes:
      • Card Manifests (Alphabetical) of Individuals Entering through the Port of Detroit, Michigan, 1906-1954 (National Archives Microfilm M1478)
      • Passenger and Alien Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at the Port of Detroit, Michigan, 1946-1957 (National Archives Microfilm M1479)
    • Microfilm: Detroit, Michigan, 1906-1954; also see the Canadian Border Records section below
  • Other Michigan Ports...
    • Online Index: Michigan Passenger and Crew Lists 1903-1965 (at Ancestry/requires payment) includes digitized copies of NARA Microfilm Publications A3429 (Alien Arrivals for Algonac, Marine City, Roberts Landing, Saint Clair, and Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, 1903-1955); A3430 (Crew Lists for 6 ports); A3432 (Crew Lists for 5 ports); A3441 (Manifests of Alien Arrivals at Port Huron, Michigan, February 1902-December 1952)
    • For these ports see the Canadian Border Crossing Records section below...
      • Saint Clair, Michigan
      • Saint Mary, Michigan
      • Port Huron, Michigan
Minnesota
For these ports see the Canadian Border Crossing Records section below
  • Baudette, Minnesota
  • Duluth, Minnesota
  • International Falls, Minnesota
  • Mineral Center, Minnesota
  • Pigeon River, Minnesota
  • Pine Creek, Minnesota
  • Ranier, Minnesota
  • Roseau, Minnesota
  • Two Harbors, Minnesota
  • Warroad, Minnesota
Mississippi
  • Gulfport and Pascagoula, Mississippi...
    One roll of microfilm is available for these ports: "Index to Passengers Arriving at Gulfport, MS, August 27, 1904 - August 28, 1954; & at Pascagoula, MS, July 15, 1903--May 21, 1935." This microfilm is available at the National Archives - Roll #T523-1 & from the Family History Library - Roll #1324964
Montana
  • Babb, Montana, 1928-1956, see the Canadian Border Records section below
New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico (Mexican Border Crossing Records) New York
  • Alexandria Bay, New York, 1929-1956 - "Alphabetical Card Manifests of Alien Arrivals at Alexandria Bay, Cape Vincent, Champlain, Clayton, Fort Covington, Mooers, Rouses Point, Thousand Island Bridge and Trout River, New York, July 1929-April 1956" (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1481 - 3 Rolls); for an online index see the Canadian Border Records section below
  • Black Rock, New York, see the Canadian Border Records section below
  • Buffalo, New York, 1902-1954 (microfilm info); for an online index see the Canadian Border Records section below
  • Buffalo, New York Crew and Passenger Lists 1945-1970s...
    • Online Database: New York State, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1917-1973 (at Ancestry/requires payment) for Buffalo, this database includes...
      • Crew arrival lists filed at Buffalo, New York (Apr. 1945-June 1970)
      • Passenger arrival manifests filed at Buffalo, New York (July 1959-July 1961)
      • Passenger and crew departure lists filed at Buffalo, New York (July 1961-Nov. 1971)
      • Crew departure lists filed at Buffalo, New York (May 1972-May 1974)
      • Crew arrival lists for Rouses Point and Waddington, New York, filed at Buffalo, New York (1954-1956)
  • Cape Vincent, New York, 1929-1956 - see Alexandria Bay, New York; also see the Canadian Border Records section below
  • Champlain, New York, 1929-1956 - see Alexandria Bay, New York
  • Charlotte, New York, see the Canadian Border Records section below
  • Clayton, New York, 1929-1956 - see Alexandria Bay, New York
  • Fort Covington, New York, 1929-1956 - see Alexandria Bay, New York; also see the Canadian Border Records section below
  • Hogansburg, New York, 1929-1956 - "Soundex Card Manifests of Alien and Citizen Arrivals at Hogansburg, Malone, Morristown, Nyando, Ogdensburg, Rooseveltown and Waddington, New York, July 1929-April 1956" (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1482 - 3 Rolls); for an online index see the Canadian Border Records section below
  • Lewiston, New York, 1902-1954 (microfilm info); for an online index see the Canadian Border Records section below
  • Louisville Landing, New York, see the Canadian Border Records section below
  • Malone, New York, 1929-1956 - see Hogansburg, New York; also see the Canadian Border Records section below
  • Mooers, New York, 1929-1956 - see Alexandria Bay, New York
  • Morristown, New York, 1929-1956 - see Hogansburg, New York; also see the Canadian Border Records section below
  • New York City Ship Passenger Lists 1820-1957 (includes Castle Garden, Barge Office and Ellis Island)
  • Niagara Falls, New York 1902-1954 (microfilm info); for an online index see the Canadian Border Records section below
  • Nyando, New York, 1929-1956 - see Hogansburg, New York; also see the Canadian Border Records section below
  • Ogdensburg, New York, 1929-1956 - see Hogansburg, New York; also see the Canadian Border Records section below
  • Oswegatchie, New York, 1821-1823
  • Oswego, New York Crew and Passenger Lists...
    • Online Database: New York State, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1917-1973 (at Ancestry/requires payment) for Oswego, this database includes...
      • Passenger lists arriving at Oswego, New York, 1962-1972
      • Crew lists arriving at Oswego, New York, 1943-1972
      • Passenger lists departing from Oswego, New York, Aug. 1960-Nov. 1961 and July 1965-Aug. 1966
  • Rochester, New York, 1902-1954 (microfilm info); for an online index see the Canadian Border Records section below
  • Rochester, New York, 1866
  • Rooseveltown, New York - see Hogansburg, New York
  • Rouses Point, New York, 1929-1956 - see Alexandria Bay, New York; also see the Canadian Border Records section below
  • Sag Harbor, New York, 1829-1834
  • Thousand Island Bridge, New York, 1929-1956 - see Alexandria Bay, New York
  • Trout River, New York, 1929-1956 - see Alexandria Bay, New York
  • Waddington, New York, 1929-1956 - see Hogansburg, New York
North Carolina North Dakota
For these ports see the Canadian Border Crossing Records section below
  • Hannah, North Dakota
  • Neche, North Dakota
  • Northgate, North Dakota
  • Pembina, North Dakota
  • Portal, North Dakota
Ohio Oregon
  • Online Database: Oregon Passenger and Crew Lists 1888-1957 (at Ancestry/requires payment) includes digitized images of the passenger lists from this National Archives microfilm publication...
  • Microfilm: Astoria, Marshfield & Portland - Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Astoria, Portland, and Other Oregon Ports, Apr. 1888-Oct. 1956, and Passenger Lists of Airplanes Arriving at Portland, Oregon, Nov. 1948-Oct. 1952; National Archives Microfilm Publication M1777; 46 rolls
Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina
  • Charleston, South Carolina, 1820-1828 and 1890-1924
  • Georgetown, South Carolina: June 17, 1923-Oct 24, 1939; Available on: "Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Georgetown, South Carolina, 1923-1939, and at Apalachicola, Boynton, Boca Grande, Carrabelle, Fernandina, Fort Pierce, Hobe Sound, Lake Worth, Mayport, Millville, Port Inglis, Port St. Joe, St. Andrews, and Stuart, Florida, 1904 - 1942"; Available on 1 roll of microfilm: National Archives Publication M1842, Roll 1
  • Port Royal, South Carolina, 1865
Texas
  • Texas-Mexico Border Crossing Records (Mexico to U.S.)
    • See the Mexico Border Crossing Records section below for an online database of Mexican border crossings
    • See Mexican Border Crossing Records at the National Archives for microfilm information for the ports listed below...
      • Brownsville, Texas, 1905-1953
      • Del Rio, Texas, 1906-1909
      • Eagle Pass, Texas, 1905-1953
      • El Paso, Texas, 1903-1954
      • Fabens, Texas, 1924-1954
      • Fort Hancock, Texas, 1924-1954
      • Laredo, Texas, 1903-1955
      • Presidio, Texas, 1908-1909
      • Progreso, Texas, 1928-1955
      • Rio Grande City, Texas, 1908-1955
      • Roma, Texas, 1907-1908 and 1928-1955
      • San Antonio, Texas, 1944-1952
      • Tecate, California, 1910-1952
      • Thayer, Texas, 1928-1955
      • Yseleta, Texas, 1924-1954
      • Zapata, Texas, 1923-1953
Vermont
For these Vermont ports, see the Canadian border crossing records section below
  • Beecher Falls, Vermont, 1895-1924
  • Canaan, Vermont, 1895-1924
  • Highgate Springs, Vermont, 1895-1924
  • Island Pond, Vermont, 1895-1924
  • Newport, Vermont, 1906-1924
  • Norton, Vermont, 1895-1924
  • Richford, Vermont, 1895-1924
  • Saint Albans, Vermont, 1895-1954
  • Swanton, Vermont, 1895-1924
Virginia Washington
  • Washington: Canada Border & Sea Ports
    For these ports see the Canadian Border Crossing Records section below
    • Blaine, Washington
    • Danville, Washington, 1931-1956
    • Edmonds, Washington
    • Ferry, Washington, 1917-1956
    • Laurier, Washington, 1923-1951
    • Lynden, Washington, 1923-1952
    • Marcus, Washington, 1923-1951
    • Metaline Falls, Washington, 1924-1955
    • Northport, Washington, 1923-1951
    • Oroville, Washington, 1918-1954
    • Sumas, Washington, 1924-1956
Wisconsin
The National Archives does not have ship passenger arrival lists for Milwaukee or any other Wisconsin port. Immigrants who came to Wisconsin generally arrived at a US East coast port or a Canadian port (Quebec was often used) before moving on to Wisconsin.

The National Archives has Crew Lists for the Wisconsin ports listed below. Some Milwaukee airplane passenger lists are also available (see A3399 below). Microfilm publication numbers are given at the beginning of each listing. Some of these are available online at Ancestry (as noted).
  • M2005 - Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Ashland, Wisconsin, August 1922 - October, 1954; 2 microfilm rolls
  • These three microfilm publications can be searched online at: Wisconsin Crew Lists 1925-1969 (at Ancestry/requires payment)
    • M2044 - Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Ashland, Kenosha, Marinette, Sheboygan, Sturgeon Bay and Washburn, Wisconsin, 1926-1956; 1 roll
    • M2045 - Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, 1925-1956; 1 roll
    • A3397 - Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Green Bay, Wisconsin, October 1925-November 1969; 5 rolls
  • These two microfilm publications can be searched online at: Wisconsin Passenger and Crew Lists 1922-1963 (at Ancestry/requires payment)
    • A3399 - Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 1922-December 1956, and Selected Airplane Passengers, 1956-1963; 8 rolls
    • A3452 - Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin, 1922-1958; 33 rolls
U.S. Territories  
Canadian Border Crossing Records

Note: Canadian border crossing records begin in 1895. They are not available prior to that. Although the actual border crossing may have taken place at a variety of places, some of the records produced are called "Saint Albans Lists" because they were kept in St. Albans, Vermont prior to being microfilmed. The St. Albans FAQ and the "By Way of Canada" article are helpful for learning how to research these records.  
Mexican Border Crossing Records Mexico: Vera Cruz Arrivals (European Immigrants to USA)

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Online Ship Passenger Lists and Records

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