I know the name of the ship my dad and his family sailed on from Naples to Boston and even have arrival dates. How can I find the actual manifests? I tried all kinds of searches that have dead ended. Any help will be appreciated!
I found my grandfather and great aunt's records on Ellis Island website for free. Printed them right out. I have also heard of the "ancestory" website mentioned, but have not tried--an aversion to $$ for info they may not even have. Good luck--it is there somewhere, keep trying.
If your ancestor arrived at the port of Boston, I would suggest you contact the NARA research center in Pittsfield, Mass. They have a staff of volunteers who will look up manifests, copy them and send them to you via U.S. Mail.
I was able to obtain copies of the original ship's manifests for two of my great grandparents this way, one who arrived in Boston and one who arrived in New York.
The folks at Pittsfield are friendly, helpful and very prompt in providing assistance. The copies I received are readable and on oversize paper, which is better than what I could have obtained from the Ellis Island site.
The contact info for the Pittsfield NARA office can be found at:
anitaG wrote:I know the name of the ship my dad and his family sailed on from Naples to Boston and even have arrival dates. How can I find the actual manifests? I tried all kinds of searches that have dead ended. Any help will be appreciated!
Give us the names and we will see if we can find him. If you have the name of the ship, this would help. If he arrived after a particular date, you need to contact the NARA at Waltham as mentioned. You can contact them by e-mail...they are quite good with dealing with questions in this manner.
In the mean time, I have access to the Boston Passenger records, so if you have a name..first and last, and the MAIDEN name of his mother, let me know....I will see what I can find.