Ellis Island

clip_image002I am sure that most of you have heard that the 1940 USA census has been released in the states. There has been great excitement as to which organisation is getting it indexed and online first.

Well this post isn’t about the census, but is relevant if you find someone who has emigrated to America. Many people who moved there were processed through the government department at Ellis Island and this website  has an amazing database with millions of names of those from all round the world who were looking for a better life in a new country.

There is an urban myth which says that many people has their names changed during the emigration process by officials at Ellis Island to make them easier to say and spell for the english speaking civil servants. I read recently, and can’t remember where, that there is no evidence that this happened. Oh well another myth bites the dust!!



Manchester Naturalisation Records

clip_image002Findmypast has today released Manchester Naturalisation Records  1896 – 1909. This is a small, but valuable dataset concerning 542 people and includes a cash book for the Manchester Naturalisation Society for 1869 – 1909. This is part of Findmypast’s Manchester Collection.


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British in India

clip_image002If you have ancestors who spent time in India then Emma Jolly’s website will be of interest to you. Emma has just published a book Tracing Your British Indian Ancestors and is an expert in this field of genealogical research.

There are lots of links on the various pages to help you to get to know the documents left behind by those who swapped the grey skies of England for the burning sun of India.


The Ships List

clip_image002If you have ancestors who left England for shore far away then The Ship’s List website will be worth checking out. It’s been online since 1999 and keeps growing. It has Passengers Lists for boats going to USA, Canada, Australia & South Africa.



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Free Access to Ancestry Immigration Records

clip_image002From now until 5th September Ancestry is offering free access to all it’s immigration records. This includes passenger lists, immigration records & alien arrivals.

So if you aren’t a subscriber to Ancestry.com or only have a co.uk subs then this is the ideal time to see if any of your ancestors left home and head overseas.