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They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor's Arrival Record

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  76 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Chances are excellent that your ancestors came to America from somewhere-England, Spain, Germany, China, Africa. Can you imagine how they felt as they left their homes, what they left behind? Do you want to know? Would you know where to even start looking for the details? Author and genealogist John P. Colletta prepares you to undertake the search. He tells you not only wh ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published August 1st 2002 by (first published October 1st 1989)
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Basic introduction on using passenger lists to find immigrant ancestors. Author divides passenger lists between pre- and post-1820, because any record after 1820 will most likely be found in the National Archives. Easy to read and follow with with a lot of passenger list examples along with extensive bibliography. Good book written for the fledgling family historian.
Excellent information. It's more appropriate in your personal reference library, than as a book to be read and returned to the library.
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Lynn 929.1 Colletta
This was a excellent book. It clearly states and informs one on how to get started or review their search for ancestors that immigrated. For example, not everyone came to America via Ellis Island nor are all years recorded.
Feb 10, 2010 Sandra rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: avid genealogists
An excellent reference book if you really enjoy searching, and want to make the time for it. I thought it would require a lot of time to do all that is suggested in this book, and for maybe no results.
THis is a great resource for researching family history, where to start and how to go about finding your ancestors ship.
Michael Venzke
had a handful of useful tips that helped me get past some roadblocks, but also had a lot of useless words.
A useful book that covers the records available to help in the search for your immigrant ancestor.
An excellent review of the immigration to America, Colletta uncovers all the details.
Didn't have what I was looking for in it.
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