New York Immigration Collection at MyHeritage – Why the Big Deal?

Genealogy author and educator Thomas MacEntee explains why the a record collection at MyHeritage is more valuable than the same collection at Ancestry

Amazing NEW records related to New York Immigration Now Available at MyHeritage

Have you ever checked out a new online record set for genealogy research and once you searched for your ancestors you said to yourself, “This is crap. I didn’t find anything. So what’s the big deal?”

It is easy these days to be skeptical when you see news about new records. Many of us take the bait, search the records in hopes of making a genealogical breakthrough, only to be severely disappointed. And this very disappoint can often make us “skittish” about spending our time at that genealogy website in the future.

Recently, MyHeritage made a big announcement about the addition of the Ellis Island and Other New York Passenger Lists 1820-1957 collection to SuperSearch™, the company’s global search engine containing more than 8.25 billion historical records.

In this case, if you have immigrant ancestors, you MUST check out this record set! Click HERE to get started (you may have to create a FREE login at MyHeritage if you have not used the site before). I just made some amazing breakthroughs on my Henneberg line with my ancestor Gustav Henneberg who arrived in the United States in 1890.

MyHeritage has added Ellis Island and other New York Passenger Lists, 1820–1957, to SuperSearch™ with unique content never before indexed or searchable.

MyHeritage vs Ancestry Results

So what sets this version of the passenger list records at MyHeritage apart from the database at Ancestry (click HERE to access)? You have 26.2 million names that are indexed in the MyHeritage collection but NOT in the Ancestry collection:

“As of 1897, immigration officials began asking those entering the United States for the name and address of the relative or friend whom they are joining in the USA, and in 1907 they began asking for the name and address of their closest relative or friend in their home country. The responses to these supplemental questions, that have been filled in the passenger manifests, have now been indexed by MyHeritage for the very first time, yielding an additional 26.6 million names in the Ellis Island and Other New York Passenger Lists collection on MyHeritage. These passenger manifests have been digitized by other organizations in the past, but the answers to these vital supplemental questions have never been indexed — until now. Furthermore, many of the passenger manifests span two pages, and a common omission for genealogists has been to locate the first page and miss the existence of the second. MyHeritage has solved this problem for the first time by stitching the double pages into single document images, ensuring that users do not miss information again.”

Those additional fields are SO IMPORTANT especially if you are doing cluster and collateral research leveraging the F.A.N. club concept (“Friends, Associates and Neighbors”). I am learning so much more about my Hennebergs and how they interacted with others who also came over from Germany and settled in New York City.

What You’ll Find in the Ellis Island and Other New York Passenger Lists 1820-1957 Collection at MyHeritage

“The passenger manifests are an unparalleled source of information spanning key years of immigration from all over the world, including those entering the United States as refugees during the First and Second World Wars. The records include millions of entries via Ellis Island, which opened its doors on January 1, 1892. The first 72 years of the collection pre-date Ellis Island; Prior to the establishment of Ellis Island, the primary immigration station in New York City was Castle Garden, which opened in 1855, and before then, immigrants were received at several piers across the city. Towards the end of the timeframe, in the 1940s and 1950s, advancements in transportation methods are noticeable as records begin to include those who arrived via airplane to various airports in and around the city. The plethora of information in the records is expected to invigorate family histories, adding previously unknown stories of how family members uprooted their lives, and replanted them in the United States.”

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You can search the Ellis Island Collection mentioned above, but if you want to access the records for research purposes, you will need to subscribe to MyHeritage.

Save 50% on Complete Plan from MyHeritage – click HERE to read my latest article entitled Are You Getting Genealogy Matches That Really Work? Why I Use MyHeritage to Improve My Research and you’ll understand how valuable MyHeritage can be as a resource.

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This offer expires Saturday, November 11th so ACT FAST! Click HERE to get started – via MyHeritage

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Thomas MacEntee
Genealogy educator and author Thomas MacEntee has been researching his family history for more than 40 years and is the creator of Abundant Genealogy, Genealogy Bargains, DNA Bargains, The Genealogy Do-Over and numerous other web-based genealogy and family history properties.

1 Comment on "New York Immigration Collection at MyHeritage – Why the Big Deal?"

  1. Judy Robery | 10 November 2017 at 4:17 pm |

    This email is about subscriptions. I’d love to sign up, but paying by the yr is expensive for someone on a fixed income. Don’t you offer a monthly plan?

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