When we think about passenger arrival records, too often our focus is on immigrant ancestors. Donâ€™t forget to look for other family members who may have been world travelers or who perhaps had to return to an ancestral home to visit family or settle the estate of a grandparent or some other relative.
And donâ€™t forget that many immigrants went back and forth several times–and did not always pass through the same port. I found my great-grandfather arriving in the U.S. twice in the same year, once in July through Baltimore and again in October through New York.
So donâ€™t stop looking once you find a passenger arrival for your immigrant ancestor. You may be pleasantly surprised at what else you find.