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Genealogy Research Guide

This guide is intended to assist genealogists in knowing what resources are available in the ISU Library and through the Internet. It also includes some information on genealogy resources at Ames Public Library and the Iowa Genealogical Society Library.

ISU Library Owned Books

To locate ISU library materials on this topic, use Quick Search on the library homepage and look for:

(ships OR passenger*) AND genealog*

Ship Passenger Lists

5 Major Ports

"Most passengers entering the United States between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries disembarked at one of five major ports: New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, and New Orleans. If you do now know where your ancestor landed, most likely it is one of the first three. But people entered America at many other places: small cities up and down the coasts had ports, and people crossed at several Mexican and Canadian border points."

--From: Pennevaria, Katherine. Genealogy: A Practical Guide for Librarians. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015, page 94.

Your Librarian

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Lorrie Pellack
Head, Research & Instruction Services Dept.
150c Parks Library
Ames, IA 50011-2140
Phone: 515-294-5569