Overseas records

This guide was last updated in 2009

Your ancestor is likely to have created records in the other country or countries with which they were associated.

There may be marriage records, birth records of children, death and burial records, census hits, naturalisation papers and all kinds of other genealogical documents that provide further information about their life and activities.

More specifically related to the voyage, there may be arrival records, passport records and other documentation. One of the best-known places to search is the records of Ellis Island, the famous immigrant entry point to New York, whose website can be found at www.ellisisland.org.

There are also collections of documents relevant to immigration and emigration on www.ancestry.co.uk and many other websites. Search engines often produce good results, and can be used to track down archives abroad that may hold further documentation not yet online.

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