Tracing Immigrants to New York, 1780s to 1924—The Records: Now Available On Demand

Tuesday, January 16 at 12:00pm EST
Sponsored by New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

Millions of immigrants arrived at the Port of New York, many taking their pathway through Castle Garden or Ellis Island. Beginning with a historical overview of immigration to New York, this online, on-demand course outlines essential records and strategies for tracing families who immigrated to the United States through New York. All sessions are led by D. Joshua Taylor, NYG&B President.

This New York Family History School course in its entirety is available to watch on demand, and registrants have 60 days to complete the full course.

Registrants will:

  • Identify important moments in the history of immigration to the United States between the 1780s and 1924.
  • Understand the process of finding clues to an individual’s or family’s immigration.
  • Learn how to locate and search customs, passenger, and naturalization lists.

Online Sessions (on demand):

  1. Immigration to New York, 1780–1924: A Historical Overview
  2. Immigration Clues in Everyday Records: Census, Passports, Landing Reports, Vital Records, and More
  3. Diving into Customs Records and Passenger Lists
  4. Naturalization Records: New York and Beyond
  5. Foreign Passenger Records and Telling the Immigrant Story

Two live group sessions will also be offered for Q&A with the presenters (dates to be determined).

Course Fee

  • NYG&B Members: $89
  • General Registration: $99

About the NYG&B's New York Family History School

The New York Family History School lets participants learn at their own pace through guided, on-demand sessions focusing on a specific family history topic. Registration includes access to multiple sessions for 60 days, two live group sessions, syllabus materials, a certificate of completion, and an invitation to the annual online New York Family History School alumni reception.

See all New York Family History School Courses in 2024.

Consultant Bio

D. Joshua Taylor headshot

D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, FUGA, is the president of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society (NYG&B). A nationally known and recognized genealogist, Joshua was named president of the NYG&B in 2016 and is an officer, trustee ex officio, on NYG&B’s Board of Trustees. Previously, Joshua held senior leadership positions with Findmypast and the New England Historic Genealogical Society and has volunteered in leadership positions for the Federation of Genealogical Societies and other organizations. A prolific author and popular speaker, Joshua has been a coordinator for courses at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh and is the recipient of RootsTech’s Distinguished Presenter Award. He has been a featured genealogist on Who Do You Think You Are? and was a host on the PBS series Genealogy Roadshow. Joshua holds a Master of Library Science degree in archival management and a Master of Arts degree in history from Simmons College. In 2017, Joshua was named as one of Library Journal’s Movers and Shakers, and in 2022, he was named as a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association.