Exploring Irish History Through the Famine Files and Other Arrival Records

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Gushman, C. & Dougherty, D.
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US National Archives
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This web post provides information on the National Archives and Records Administration’s Access to Archival Databases, which launched nearly 20 years ago to provide free public access to government records covering a range of subjects. Using one of the datasets (the Records for Passengers Who Arrived at the Port of New York During the Irish Famine, 1/12/1846–12/31/1851), the authors show how amateur genealogists can use such information to find an ancestor and how scholars can conduct survey research on immigration trends. For example, the featured dataset includes information on over 600,000 individuals who arrived in New York between 1846 and 1851 and shows that about 70 percent of them were Irish. The manifests vary, but the index entries can include name, age, town of last residence, destination, passenger arrival date, occupation, literacy, native country, transit status, travel compartment, and passenger port of embarkation. 

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