Research Links

Listed below are some suggested links to help you search for that long lost family member or friend.

There are several places where you may want to inquire. The best places to look here in the US are in the American Family Immigration History Center Ellis Island site at or the immigration records at our National Archives (see below). The National Archives are in Washington, DC and at some other locations, including New York.

In Canada, the Canadian Archives are recommended. Records from 1936 and onward have not been released by the Canadian government. PIER 21, a Canadian National Historic site in Halifax may be a good source of information and some older records. They are located at 1055 Marginal Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4P6. Their website is and their Resource Center can be emailed at For Canadian citizens and residents seeking records from 1936 and onwards, please take a look at the adjacent page, "Canadian Records" for more assistance.

There are two other locations are in Holland. One is the Maritime Museum in Rotterdam ( )and the other is the Rotterdam City Archives. Their address: Muncipale Archives, P.O. Box 25082, 3001 HB Rotterdam, Holland. Again, when you write, specific information may be required and be sure to ask for the complete list. They're website, in Dutch, is located at

As for the "Official" Holland America Line, it appears they no longer have older records of passengers on their ships. With the moves from Hoboken to Pier 40 in New York and then the move from New York, most of the passenger ledgers were disposed of, along with quantities of what would now be considered collectibles. Many of the lists from the late 1800's in the collection of the "Unofficial" HAL Home Page were saved by what could best be discribed as "scavengers" (using this term with love and affection), people with the foresight to save these items from the trash.

(The Unofficial Holland America Home Page makes no representations regarding the below listed sites. They have been collected from a number of sources for the sole purpose of providing a guide for those researching their past. Some are commercial sites and are unsolicited.)

American Family Immigration History Center, Explore Your Family History at Ellis Island at

National Archives and Records Administration - Genealogy Section:

National Archives and Records Administration's Archival Information Locator at

Canadian Archives - Immigration Records:

The Immigrant Ship Transcribers Guild, whose mission is to transcribe passenger lists from many ships. We highly recommend having a look at their site at

Digital Resources Netherland and Belgium; integral workings of interest for genealogical researchers at, courtesy of Herman de Wit.

Steamships.Org, the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives and particularly their collection of Holland America Line lists.

Family Tree Searcher at Enter your ancestor data just once to search for family trees at multiple web sites.

Family Tree Maker at

Tony Cimorelli's Searchable Database of Ship Arrivals (Contains the complete Morton Allan Directory of Ship Arrivals):

Lou Alfano's Database of Ship Description's and Histories:

The Ships List at with not only passenger lists, but also links to other resources.

Cyndi's List - Over 26,000 Genealogy links in over 70 categories:

The National Archive of England, Wales and the United Kingdom (PRO): has information on Dutch immigrants who settled primarily in West Michigan.

Family Search at

Genealogy News at

Heritage Quest at at at

Digisources at

The WorldGenWeb Project at

The American Family Immigration History Center at at

RootsWeb at

USGenWeb at

USGenWeb Archives at

Search and ReSearch Publishing at at

JewishGen at

Family Tree Maker's home page at

National Genealogy Society at

America's First Families at

German heritage sites:
Joe Beine's German Roots: German Genealogy Resources page:

Italian heritage sites:
D' at

African heritage site:
AfriGeneas at

Asian heritage site:
AsianGenWeb at

Other Sites: at

Society of Genealogists at

Genealogy at

Vital Records at

Beginner's Guide to Family History Research at

Family Chronicle at

Genealogy 101 at