A Portal to the Past; MyFamily.com Makes Available Immigrant Records Online

PROVO, Utah, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- MyFamily.com, Inc. today announced the launch of the U.S. Immigration Collection, a unique resource providing immigration-focused content in one convenient, growing online research tool. Available as a subscription through Ancestry.com, a member of the MyFamily.com network of Web sites, the U.S. Immigration Collection provides a dynamic resource for discovering information about an ancestor's first steps on the land of their hopes and dreams.

"The U.S. is a country founded on immigration. Immigrants dreaming of better lives found their way to these shores in crowded ships -- fleeing war, disease, poverty, and famine," said Tom Stockham, president and CEO of MyFamily.com, Inc. "When America called, more than 57 million individuals answered, flourishing despite the odds. This means it doesn't take long for many people to run into a foreign-born ancestor as they trace their family history. Today, MyFamily.com is making the search for immigrant ancestors easier."

This ever-growing online resource will give subscribers continuous access to new information and names, making the new subscription increasingly valuable to the family history researcher. Anyone can now conveniently search for ancestors who may have emigrated from many countries to multiple ports in the United States during a five-century period.

The U.S. Immigration Collection includes passenger lists for all of America's major Atlantic ports including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Orleans and San Francisco. Today, more than 10 million individuals whose names appear in ships' passenger lists, port arrivals and naturalization records are included in the collection. These records allow researchers to pinpoint an ancestor's homeland and learn more about their journey to America. The records contain valuable information such as the immigrant's name, names of family members, dates of vital events, port and date of arrival, and much more.

Some of the records found in the U.S. Immigration Collection include:

The New York Passenger Lists, 1851-1892

Likely the most significant genealogical resource for tracing immigrant ancestors to the U.S., this database will ultimately cover more than 11 million immigrants spanning over 40 years. Eighty percent of all immigrants to America came through the port of New York. Available online exclusively at Ancestry.com, the New York Passenger Lists have been indexed by name for the first time, making it possible to search for ancestors by name. View the actual passenger list images and see who your ancestors traveled with.

Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s

This database covers the broadest time period and geography including all U.S. and Canadian ports. Includes exclusive and hard to find records such as: naturalization records, church records, family & local histories, voter registrations, census records, land records, personal diaries and more.

The U.S. Immigration Collection will continue to grow as more names and records are added weekly, growing to well over 25 million names in the collection in the coming year. The collection can be accessed online at http://www.Ancestry.com.

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