New Jersey Immigration

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This entry was originally written by Roger D. Joslyn, CG, FUGA, FGBS, FASG for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

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Most nineteenth- and twentieth-century immigrants to New Jersey who arrived by ship came through the ports of New York and Philadelphia. There were some ship arrivals, however, directly in New Jersey, and federal passenger lists of these are available at the National Archives—Northeast Region for Perth Amboy (1801–37, with gaps); Bridgetown and Cape May, 1828; Little Egg Harbor, 1831; and Newark, 1836. These are indexed in “A Supplemental Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Atlantic and Gulf Coast Ports,” copies of which are at the National Archives—Mid-Atlantic Region and elsewhere. See also Carl Boyer, ed., Ship Passenger Lists: New York and New Jersey, 1600–1825 (Newhall, Calif.: the editor, 1978).

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