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Morton Allan Directory
of European Passenger Steamship Arrival

DearREADERS,
If you have an immigrant ancestor who arrived in the U.S.

1890-1930 Port of New York
1904-1926 Ports of New York, Philadelphia, Boston & Baltimore

you'll find this book helpful (Morton Allan Directory of European Passenger Steamship Arrival)
. YES, I know you can search by ancestor at: http://www.ellisislandrecords.org. From that site, note the years covered: "From 1892 to 1924, more than 22 million immigrants, passengers, and crew members came through Ellis Island and the Port of New York."

So if that site doesn't fit your time frame consider using "Morton Allan" to narrow your search:

But let's say you by odd chance know:

-- MAY 1930 YOUR ITALIAN ANCESTOR WAS SAID TO HAVE ARRIVED IN NEW YORK. Since the year of arrival postdates the time period covered in the Ellis Island online database, Morton Allan will assist you. Pages 262-268 list the following shipping lines ran between foreign ports and New York:

American Merchant Line (London, Hamburg, Cherbourg - NY)
Atlantic Transport Line (London, Boulogne - NY)
Baltic American Line (Danzig, Copenhagen - NY)
Canadian Pacific (Southampton, Cherbourg, Liverpool, Quebec - NY)
Canadian Pacific (World Cruise)
Compania Transatlantica (Cadiz, Barcelona, Vigo, Havana, Vera Cruz - NY)
*Cosulich Line (Trieste, Patras, Palermo, Naples - NY)
Cunard-Anchor Line (Glasgow, Belfast, Londonderry - NY)
Cunard Line (Southampton, Cherbourg, Havre - NY)
Cunard Line (Liverpool, Queenstown - NY)
*Dollar Steamship Line (World Ports - NY)
*Fabre Line (Pireus, Lisbon, Marsielles, Palermo, Constantinople - NY)
French Line (Havre, Plymouth - NY)
Hamburg-American Line (Hamburg, Southampton, Cherbourg - NY)
Holland-America Line (Rotterdam, Southampton, Cherbourg - NY)
**Italia America Line (Genoa, Naples, Palermo - NY)
*Lloyd Sabaudo (Genoa, Naples - NY)
National Steam Navigation Co. of Greece (Piraeus, Patras - NY)
North German Lloyd (Bremen, Southampton, Cherbourg - NY)
Norwegian American Line (Oslo, Bergen - NY)
Red Star Line (Antwerp - NY)
Scandinavian American Line (Copenhagen, Oslo, Halifax - NY)
Swedish American Line (Gothenburg - NY)
United States Line (Southampton, Cherbourg - NY)
United States Line (Bremen, Southampton, Cherbourg - NY)
White Star Line (Southampton, Cherbourg, Antwerp - NY)
White Star Line (Liverpool, Queenstown - NY)

Under each of the shipping lines are dates of arrival in New York, and the name of the steamer ship.

Remember in our example, we have in ITALIAN immigrant ancestor. Without looking at this directory of hundreds of arrivals in the port of New York in 1930, we might have stumbled across the Italia America Line (Genoa, Naples, Palermo - NY), simply because of the reference to Italy in the line's name. However, if we fail to find our ancestor on National Archives www.archives.gov  microfilm of passenger records for the steamship ROMA, the only ship arriving in May 1930 (May 12th in Morton Allan's directory) we might erroneously conclude that there is SIMPLY NO LISTING FOR OUR ANCESTOR IN THE PASSENGER RECORDS.

**** WRONG ****

You would have completely overlooked the following additional lines that could have brought passengers from Italy to New York:

*Cosulich Line (Trieste, Patras, Palermo, Naples - NY)
-- May 12 - ship Vulcania 
-- May 27 - ship Saturnia

*Dollar Steamship Line (World Ports - NY)
-- May 13 - ship President Wilson
-- May 27 - ship President Van Buren

*Fabre Line (Pireus, Lisbon, Marsielles, Palermo, Constantinople - NY)
(no arrivals in May 1930)

*Lloyd Sabaudo (Genoa, Naples - NY)
-- May 6 - ship Conte Biancamano
-- May 19 - ship Conte Grande

REMEMBER THIS BOOKS LISTS THE DATES OF ARRIVAL AND NAME OF STEAMSHIP -- NOT ANCESTORS BY NAME. You'll still have to search hundreds of pages of passenger lists (known as Custom Passenger Lists after 1820). Microfilm of these records can be ordered to view at your local LDS Family History Center, or at the National Archives. You'd look these items up in the catalog by:

Passenger Lists or Emigration/Immigration
Port of arrival
Time period

FOR FURTHER READING:
-- MORTON ALLAN DIRECTORY, NY: 1931. Reprinted: Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1979, 1980, 1987, 1993. ISBN: 0-8063-0380-3. http://www.genealogical.com 

-- TRACING IMMIGRANT ORIGINS Research Outline. Family History Library. Salt Lake. Located on the web:
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/RG/guide/Tracing_Immigrant_Origins.ASP 

-- NATIONAL ARCHIVES - genealogy
http://www.archives.gov/research_room/genealogy/  

 

Happy Family Tree Climbing.
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy. 

 

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