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 what fundamental facts you need to know about your immigrant ancestor before beginning, but suggests where you...

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Overview

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 what fundamental facts you need to know about your immigrant ancestor before beginning, but suggests where you may find that information as well.

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Irvine, a teacher in British Columbia, has teamed up with one of the leading genealogy publishers to give us a fine handbook for English genealogy research. Irvine focuses on how to use the many unpublished resources available in North America at the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City, many FHL branch libraries, and FH Centers located in local Latter Day Saints churches and other larger libraries. In addition, Irvine outlines research in English repositories. Her nuts-and-bolts approach to relatively accessible material sets this book apart from other handbooks. Essential for the institutional as well as the home market. Colletta's work, revised since it was first published in 1989, provides a helpful discussion of biographical and genealogical information and other migration details that may be found in passenger lists. Four information-filled chapters provide help on acquiring the information needed to search for passenger lists. The annotated bibliography is excellent, though the book still lacks an index. Researchers in the ship passenger list and immigration field should read this book, along with Michael H. Tepper's American Passenger Arrival Records (Genealogical Pubs., 1988). Essential.
- Judith P. Reid, Lib. of Congress
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. â€”This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
 
 
Library Journal
Irvine, a teacher in British Columbia, has teamed up with one of the leading genealogy publishers to give us a fine handbook for English genealogy research. Irvine focuses on how to use the many unpublished resources available in North America at the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City, many FHL branch libraries, and FH Centers located in local Latter Day Saints churches and other larger libraries. In addition, Irvine outlines research in English repositories. Her nuts-and-bolts approach to relatively accessible material sets this book apart from other handbooks. Essential for the institutional as well as the home market. Colletta's work, revised since it was first published in 1989, provides a helpful discussion of biographical and genealogical information and other migration details that may be found in passenger lists. Four information-filled chapters provide help on acquiring the information needed to search for passenger lists. The annotated bibliography is excellent, though the book still lacks an index. Researchers in the ship passenger list and immigration field should read this book, along with Michael H. Tepper's American Passenger Arrival Records (Genealogical Pubs., 1988). Essential.-- Judith P. Reid, Lib. of Congress
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780916489373
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Edition description: 3rd ed.
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 140
  • Sales rank: 471,390
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Colletta is one of America's most popular genealogical lecturers. He conducts workshops for the National Archives, teaches courses for the Smithsonian Institution, and lectures nationally. He is also on the faculty of three genealogical institutes held annually.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    I love this book. I am currently doing family genealogy and this book has helped me. I have purchased 4 copies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2009

    Wish There Was More

    They Came in Ships began as a flyer for the Ellis Island park, from what the author says. This is apparent in the book. Although it is expanded from it's original intent, it seemed like little more than a list in places. I would have liked to have more detail on the search process for immigrant history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2005

    One of the Best ever Written...

    I think this book 'They Came in Ships' is one of the best ever written on how to find out about people who came over from other countries. It tells you how to access ships logs and where they came from.

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