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They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor's Arrival Record Paperback – October 1, 1989


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  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Ancestry.com; Revised ed. edition (October 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916489426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916489427
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,424,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Irvine focuses on how to use the many unpublished resources available in North America at the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City, many FHL branch libraries, and FH Centers located in local Latter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.

About the Author

Colletta is one of America's most popular genealogical lecturers. He conducts workshops for the National Archives, teaches courses for the Smithsonian Institution, and lectures nationally. He is also on the faculty of three genealogical institutes held annually.

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Best book on tracing immigration I have read, a must have for genealogists.
Kathleen R. Kott
This book along with Ancestry.com are great tools to help you find your ancestors, what ship and when they immagrated to USA.
Betty G. Kurmes
There is so much information that you will have a hard time putting this book down.
Mo

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114 of 115 people found the following review helpful 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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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful 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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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful 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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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful 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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mo on June 26, 2004
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 11, 2007
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Constance Lane on July 28, 2009
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Clear, concise and written to be referenced time and again. The resources are organized superbly. The bibliography is extremely helpful. For beginners, the flowchart at the back of the book that summerizes different approaches is invaluable. A quick easy read, then superb as a reference.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Brennan on June 7, 2013
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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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