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Early immigrants came for many reasons, including religious, seeking adventure, a better life or they were sent here as a penalty for a crime.
Early immigration included St. Augustine in 1565, Jamestown, Virginia in 1607 and Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620.
In 1820 the Federal Government began requiring ship manifest lists but the early years can be difficult to locate.
Before Ellis Island opened in 1892, Castle Garden was America's first official immigration center from 1855 to 1890. It was a pioneering collaboration of New York State and New York City. Visit to search for your immigrant ancestors during these early years.
Major ports of entry were Baltimore, Boston, New York, Philadelphia and New Orleans. There were other ports that were not considered major ports.
The 1900 through 1930 censuses lists the individual's year of immigration to the United States. Don't be surprised if they are all different dates.