US (Community Project), New York, Northern—Arrival Manifests, 1902–1956


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About This Project

This collection of card manifests from the National Archives contains information about more than one million immigrants, visitors, and citizens who arrived in the United States through Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Rochester, and other cities in northern New York. The arrivals cover the period 1902 to 1956. These cards often include information about places of origin, dates of arrival, name changes, latest permanent residence, purpose for entering the United States, citizenship status, and so on.

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Skill Level: Intermediate

  • This project is recommended for volunteers who are familiar with the indexing process and comfortable using various system features.

Description of This Project

  • All records are manifests typed or handwritten on cards.
  • Various formats were used for the cards.
  • Each batch includes up to 15 images.
  • Each image includes just one manifest card, though sometimes an image will show the front and back of cards, and occasionally an image will show parts of several cards.
  • Information will be indexed from the front of cards only.

Additional Information

Records Access

  • The completed index and links to digital images will be freely accessible online to the general public when the collection is published.

How to Help with This Project

  • If you have not already done so, you must register as an indexing volunteer. To register and download and install the indexing program, click here for the indexing home page. Click on Get Started, and follow the instructions on the page.
  • After you register, click the Begin Indexing link on the indexing home page, and sign in to the indexing program with your user name and password. Then click the Download Batch button, and select this project name from the list. To see the project name on the list, you may need to select Show all projects at the top of the Download Batch window.