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Ancestors in the Records:
Immigration Records

Immigration records are some of the most important records you can locate about your ancestors. They can often provide the vital piece of information you need to continue tracing your family back: the name of the Western European hometown. However, learning about when and where they came can also provide some interesting details about your family. This section provides a little information about using the immigration records and making the connection across the ocean. Check back as it will be expanding. For information about what your ancestors’ journeys were like, check the Immigrant Ancestors section.

The information in this section is divided into two topics. For more information on one of these, click on the links below.

 Ports and their Records
 Article: Eight Ways to Cross the Ocean