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Your Journey

Genealogy is one of the world’s most popular hobbies. The discovery process is exciting, emotional, and oftentimes surprising as you find your grandparents’ immigration records, learn the origins of a family tradition, or perhaps uncover an unknown relative.

The Foundation’s Dedicated Passenger Search service teams you with our research experts to help start you on this genealogical journey.

How It Works

For a $50 donation, the American Family Immigration History Center will conduct one personalized search to find your family’s connection to Ellis Island and the Port of New York. Your donation supports the Foundation’s mission and commitment to keeping our database of 65 million passenger records available to everyone.

With a successful search you will receive a free digital file and hard copy on archival paper of the Ship Manifest displaying your ancestor’s arrival in America. If our team is unable to find your records, you will receive a special 10% off promo code for any item in our shop.

Let's Get Started

Please note, research sessions reserved now will be redeemable beginning January 1, 2021

  1. Start by visiting our Shop to make your donation and secure your research session. If you are interested in searching for multiple passengers you can reserve additional sessions.
  2. You will receive a confirmation email with a digital gift certificate along with a “Dedicated Passenger Search” form for you to share information about your ancestor (e.g., name, birth year, port of departure).
  3. You or your loved one will fill out the information form and submit to the research team.
  4. After submitting your form, a research team member will be assigned to conduct the search. The team will reach out if they have questions.  *
  5. Please allow up to 15 business days after submitting information form to receive search results.
  6. If the search is successful, gift certificate recipient will receive a free digital copy of the Ship Manifest.
  7. If your search is unsuccessful, you will receive a 10% off promo code for our Shop.

*  Please note that the “Dedicated Passenger Search” form must be submitted to the Foundation by March of 2021.

Commemorating Your Family History

Heritage Documents

Ship Manifests were the official records documenting the arrival of passengers to American shores. Today, professional and amateur genealogists turn to Ship Manifests for vital information, including the immigrant’s original name, age upon arrival, occupation, last place of residence, and information about who the passenger is joining.  Pair the arrival records with an image of the steamship that transported your family to the shores of America.

The Wall of Honor

Honor your family and heritage at this unique monument to immigration, joining the Museum and more than 750,000 individuals and families in celebrating who we are and where we came from. The American Immigrant Wall of Honor, located on Ellis Island, is a tribute to immigrants of all eras.

Family History Center

Located in the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum, the American Family Immigration History Center (Family History Center) is home to a vast archive of the immigrant experience. Comprising some 65 million searchable records, this awe-inspiring database gives modern Americans the opportunity to examine immigration documents, find connections to their ancestry and heritage, and offer their own contributions to an ever-growing catalogue of family stories.