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Barry’s GenSites: Encyclopedia of Immigration to the United States

Posted on Dec 08, 2012

This site provides overviews of several periods of immigration to the US, statistics showing the num-bers of immigrants from each European country and broken down by occupation and sections on the journey including excerpts from first-hand accounts, and har¬rowing details about the illnesses of the period, such as cholera and typhus.

Category:  Ancestor Daily Lives-Immigration

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Barry’s GenSites: Emigration from Southwest Germany

Posted on Dec 06, 2012

Compiled from various sources, this index includes records from the 18th through the 20th centuries. Most of the Baden records cover 1850 to 1880.  The Wurttemberg and Hohenzollern lists contain more than 53,000 names, mostly from 1800 to 1860.  Matches show the emigrant's name, hometown, year of emigration and destination, if given in the original record.

URL:  www.auswanderer-bw. de
Category:  Family History-Original Records

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Barry’s GenSites: Emigrant Register

Posted on Dec 04, 2012

Another invaluable Finnish research tool. A computerized database containing over 550,000 entries, including passport records (1890-1950), passenger records of the Finnish Steamship Company (1892-1910), passport records and more.  In 2010, it will be adding more databases such as the records of tens of thousands of Finnish emigrants through the port of Gothenburg. Good English interface.  You can search for free and full access requires payment and registration.

Category:  Finish Ancestry

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Barry’s GenSites: Ellis Island

Posted on Dec 02, 2012

From 1892 to 1954, more than 12 million immigrants entered the US through the portal of Ellis Island, a small island in New York Harbor.  Many Americans have emigrants who started their lives in the US after entering the country through this port.  If your ancestor emigrated during this period from the UK, Europe, Scandinavia etc., there is a good chance that they came through this port (although, if your family is like many, some came through NY, some through Philadelphia, some through Boston, etc.).

Although filled with fundraising gimmicks and requiring registration to view results, this site remains free in its core mission: access to 22 million records of passenger arrivals through the port of New York (1892 to 1924).  You also now can browse or search by ship.  Some 17 million newcomers to America passed through the port of New York between 1892 and 1924, and you can

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Barry’s GenSites: eHistory

Posted on Nov 30, 2012

Another spot to search the OR, this Ohio State University site also offers timelines, more than 100,000 pages of historical information, biographies and thousands of maps and old photos.  Member accounts are back at this site, now under the auspices of The Ohio State University, allowing you to contribute to what's already an impressive collection.  The highlight here, however, remains the complete online edi¬tion of the Official Records ("OR") of the Civil War.

Category:  History

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