Where did your Ancestor Arrive in America?
In the 1800s and 1900s there were five major ports of arrival for
immigrants. They were New York New York,
Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Baltimore
Maryland, Boston Massachusetts
and New Orleans Louisiana
There were smaller ports of arrival that you should consider -
Rhode Island, Texas,
New Jersey, Connecticut,
Carolina, North Carolina, New
Hampshire, Alaska, California,
Hawaii and Washington
Your ancestor may have arrived at a Canadian Port
(fares were cheaper) and then travelled across the Canada-U.S.
border to settle. If your ancestor came via Mexico he would use a
USA-Mexico Border Entry port such as
Arizona, California, New Mexico and
Think about where your ancestor settled. Then choose a port of arrival
that was closest. If your ancestor did not settle in or near a Port City,
which arrival port had the most common, the fastest, the easiest or the
cheapest route to get to your ancestor's local settlement area?
records and land
records to see where your immigrant ancestor settled after arrival.