Ellis Island- American Family Immigration History Center (AFIHC)

Are you one of the millions of Americans who can trace their ancestry through Ellis Island? Search the archives (containing more than 51 million arrival records) and find the ship’s manifest with your family member’s information. Located on Ellis Island, there are services available to help research the names of immigrants that were processed through New York Harbor from 1892 to 1957. In the Passenger Record Archive, you’ll find original manifest and ship information.


It is suggested that researchers are 18 years or older, but all are welcome.

The AFIHC is ran by a non-profit organization. It costs $7 to rent a computer for 30-minutes.

Island is only accessible by ferry.

Reservation kiosks are available inside the National Museum of Immigration.

The American Family Immigration History Center on Ellis Island is open every day except December 25.

The American Family Immigration History Center is open daily. Hours depend on the time of year and boat schedule.

Last updated: January 18, 2017