There is no cost to search for an Ellis Island passenger or to see a ship’s manifest list. Important information including the immigrant’s age at arrival, occupation, family members, and homeland are often included on the manifest. Ships’ manifests from more recent years may provide exact date and place of birth, passport number (if a US citizen returning from abroad), and home address.
To search for your immigrant ancestors, go to www.ellisisland.org . You can also check your own citizenship credentials by taking the Ellis Island Citizenship Test on-line!