In 1609, Henry Hudson changed the world when he explored the river valley between Albany and New York City. The river named for him became an important waterway. At the mouth of it stood Ellis Island, the immigration port that welcomed more than 12 million immigrants to America. Now, on the 400th anniversary of Hudson's discovery, we're combining some of the most significant records from New York history into one easily accessible page celebrating the people who made this state so fascinating.
Our collections include immigration records from Ellis Island, vital records from the Dutch, English and American periods and so much more. Now search all of our New York collections at once.
U.S. Census Mortality Schedules, 1850–1880: Find New York residents who died
the year before a census.
|Naturalization Records Indexes, 1906–1966: A New York ancestor’s index card may lead you to a treasure trove of family history information.||City Directories for Seven Cities: Albany, Buffalo, New York City, Niagara, Rochester, Watertown and White Plains.|
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Take a detailed journey back in time through events that shaped New York's history. Read the article
The name of the English navigator who explored New York for the Dutch East Indies Company graces a river, a bay, a strait and two counties.
After representing New York in the U.S. Senate and serving as the state's 44th governor, he became the 32nd President of the United States.
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Alton Woodman: This New York resident searched for the story of his father. He found the source of his strength. Watch video
John & Washington Roebling: An immigrant and his war hero son took on the most ambitious construction project of the 19th century. Read more
Olmsted & Vaux: They designed Central Park and reshaped New York's landscape, changing the lives of New York City residents forever. Read more
Jacob Riis: He pioneered social reform and improved the lives of generations of immigrants living on New York City's Lower East Side. Read more
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The Big Stew
Find out what life was like for New York's German, Irish, Jewish and Italian immigrants. Read the article
Footsteps of Ellis Island's Immigrants
The journey wasn't over when the ship docked. What was the passage through Ellis Island really like?
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Using Immigration Records
Passenger lists can tell you when your ancestors arrived in America—and much, much more. Visit the site