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

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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 Ancestry.com (first published October 1st 1989)
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Margaret
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-work-ish
Somewhere in the 3.5-4 range. Packed with really good contextual info and research strategies, but could stand an updated edition as the reliance on things like cd-rom sets, dated internet screenshots, and general lack of info (since it was published 2002) on the amount of material now digitized can hold it back.
Leah
Feb 05, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Anjanette Barr
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a great little book for the amateur genealogist. It's both practical and enjoyable as an introduction to American immigration records before air travel. The first edition was printed pre-internet, but still not a waste of time.
Sherry
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: genealogy
Most genealogy books are theoretical, but They Came In Ships is definitely more practical. For example, if your ancestor arrived before 1820, do xyz; if they came after 1820, do abc. You may read this book through once, but then you'll want to keep it handy for a reference.
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Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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.
Sandra
Feb 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
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.
Meg
Nov 09, 2011 rated it liked it
THis is a great resource for researching family history, where to start and how to go about finding your ancestors ship.
Michelle
Mar 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: genealogy
An excellent review of the immigration to America, Colletta uncovers all the details.
Michael Venzke
Jul 30, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: genealogy
had a handful of useful tips that helped me get past some roadblocks, but also had a lot of useless words.
Mhd
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Easy reading. Not specific to Italy.
Sheryl
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good information on what is available and what is not available and how to go about finding it.
Sandra
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent information. It's more appropriate in your personal reference library, than as a book to be read and returned to the library.
Theresa
Mar 31, 2008 rated it liked it
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Didn't have what I was looking for in it.
Denise
Mar 13, 2011 rated it liked it
A useful book that covers the records available to help in the search for your immigrant ancestor.
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