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They Came in Ships: Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor's Arrival Record (3rd Edition) 3rd Edition

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Irvine, a teacher in British Columbia, has teamed up with one of the leading genealogy publishers to give us a fine handbook for English genealogy research. Irvine focuses on how to use the many unpublished resources available in North America at the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City, many FHL branch libraries, and FH Centers located in local Latter Day Saints churches and other larger libraries. In addition, Irvine outlines research in English repositories. Her nuts-and-bolts approach to relatively accessible material sets this book apart from other handbooks. Essential for the institutional as well as the home market. Colletta's work, revised since it was first published in 1989, provides a helpful discussion of biographical and genealogical information and other migration details that may be found in passenger lists. Four information-filled chapters provide help on acquiring the information needed to search for passenger lists. The annotated bibliography is excellent, though the book still lacks an index. Researchers in the ship passenger list and immigration field should read this book, along with Michael H. Tepper's American Passenger Arrival Records (Genealogical Pubs., 1988). Essential.
- Judith P. Reid, Lib. of Congress
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"If you are, as I was, baffled by the maze of microfilm and sources involved in trying to track down your ancestors' ships lists, you need this book!! I read this book cover to cover twice, then tackled the library, and finally accomplished something! I recommend it VERY highly."

From Library Journal Irvine, a teacher in British Columbia, has teamed up with one of the leading genealogy publishers to give us a fine handbook for English genealogy research. Irvine focuses on how to use the many unpublished resources available in North America at the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City, many FHL branch libraries, and FH Centers located in local Latter Day Saints churches and other larger libraries. In addition, Irvine outlines research in English repositories. Her nuts-and-bolts approach to relatively accessible material sets this book apart from other handbooks. Essential for the institutional as well as the home market. Colletta's work, revised since it was first published in 1989, provides a helpful discussion of biographical and genealogical information and other migration details that may be found in passenger lists. Four information-filled chapters provide help on acquiring the information needed to search for passenger lists. The annotated bibliography is excellent, though the book still lacks an index. Researchers in the ship passenger list and immigration field should read this book, along with Michael H. Tepper's American Passenger Arrival Records (Genealogical Pubs., 1988). Essential.
"- Judith P. Reid, Lib. of Congress"
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. "--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Ancestry.com; 3rd edition (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 091648937X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916489373
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on August 23, 1999
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If you are, as I was, baffled by the maze of microfilm and sources involved in trying to track down your ancestors' ships lists, you need this book!! The author very clearly explains the how the films are indexed, the exceptions to the rules, etc. Perhaps the most useful aspect of this book is the way the author walks you through various examples of how to take whatever information you have about your ancestor and how to use the indexes to track down where to start searching for your ancestor's ship. I read this book cover to cover twice, then tackled the library, and finally accomplished something! I recommend it VERY highly. Since it's out of print, you may need to work to hunt down a copy, but you will be very glad that you did!
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By A Customer on April 24, 2000
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There is an unbelievable amount of information packed into this book and it is organized in a way that works for both the experienced and new genealogist. I had almost given up finding my immigrant ancestors in several lines I'm researching until I discovered this gem. By following the step by step information given here, I was able to find them all! Don't overlook the bibliography. The information in it alone is well worth the price of the book. Thank you, Dr. Colletta!
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By A Customer on July 29, 2000
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This is an excellent book for find passenger lists that are not at the National Archives.A must have for finding them.
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By A Customer on November 27, 1999
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Concisely summarizes the methods by which passenger lists can found. Highly recommended.
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This book is a must for anybody working on their genealogy. It is packed with information and is easy to read. Dont let the size of this book fool you! The author explains everything perfectly. There is so much information that you will have a hard time putting this book down. I recommend it for all, novice and professional genealogist.
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The book talks about using the films from the National Archives, however most of the information is available on the internet. So, not much new in the way of how to find the ship your ancestors may have taken to America. You really need to know some facts, to be able to narrow down the date of arrival, to then find your ancestor.
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Silly me. I committed the cardinal sin of expecting this book to contain actual passenger manifests of ships sailing between major European ports and Colonial America. This book is a reference book of other references in which to find passenger manifests. After looking through it, I tossed it aside and chalked it up to a lesson learned. Be that as it may, while I find it of little-to-no-use, others may find if very useful. More power to them!
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This book is not as inclusive as I had hoped.

While "They Came in Ships" is aimed at a wide audience if your ancestry is Italian you may find it to be more help than I did. Still I will keep it on my reference shelf to help my Slovak searching because it contains insights into immigration that are worth the purchase price.
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