Discovering La Famiglia: Finding Your Ancestor's Passenger List

An exciting piece of family history is to have a copy of your ancestor's passenger list like this one which shows the exact dates your ancestor left the motherland and arrived in America! An exciting piece of family history is to have a copy of your ancestor's passenger list like this one which shows the exact dates your ancestor left the motherland and arrived in America!

Over the last few months in this column, we have been exploring our Italian heritage from the perspective of our ancestors’ life experiences. Last month we looked at what it was like to travel in steerage across the Atlantic. If you read that column, it might have sparked your curiosity to find your ancestor’s passenger list, the topic of discussion this month. Next month we will jump back into our series and explore the “Ellis Island Experience.” 

To start your research on finding your ancestor’s passenger list, you will need these key pieces of information: Immigrant’s original name, approximate year of birth, ancestral home, and

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