There were many complete families, but more often they came at different times. Usually, one of the male family members immigrated first, to make enough money to afford to send for the rest of the family. How was this information gathered? The museum staff transferred records from microfilm of Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service passenger manifests from the National Archives, books containing additional source material and isolated passenger lists published in The Galveston Daily News.
Additional sources continue to be researched for future inclusion in the database. In all, the names of more than , passengers from the period have been entered.
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The database lists only those who first disembarked in Texas. Many immigrants came through New York or one of the other East Coast ports and trans-shipped to Texas.
Family legend may hand down a Texas port of entry, while immigration records reflect an Eastern port. Are the records complete? An unknown percentage of the records are missing; there are very few entries between and But I have proof that my ancestor immigrated through Galveston.
Is it possible to correct the omission in this database? Yes, with some limitations. From time to time, the Texas Seaport Museum hopes to budget for staff to update these records. If you would like to provide documentation of an arrival through Galveston, Indianola, Beaumont, or other Texas port, please contact the museum office at The Texas Seaport Museum is not responsible for original documents left in its possession.
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Congratulations on your successful search! The listings in the Galveston Immigration Database are transcriptions of records provided by the captains of ships calling in Texas. Although no guarantees of accuracy are made, the listing may supply information that corrects or fills in stories passed from one generation to another.
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