Between 1871 and 1910 more than 2.3 million Russian immigrants arrived in the United States, some 600,000 between 1871 and 1898 and 1.7 million between 1899 and 1910. Of the 1.7 million Russian emigrants who arrived in the U.S. between 1899 and 1910, 43 percent were Jews, 27 percent Poles, 9 percent Lithuanians, 8 percent Finns, 5 percent Germans, and 4 percent indigenous Russians.
The six volumes of Migration from the Russian Empire cover the first half of this immigration era, from January 1875 through June 1891, identifying hundreds of thousands of persons of Russian nationality who immigrated to the United States. This information was extracted from the original ships’ passenger lists held by the Temple-Balch Center for Immigration Research, the only records that furnish proof of the arrival in the United States for these immigrants. Each volume in the series provides the name of passenger, his/her age, sex, occupation, country of origin, place of residence, and destination; additionally, each passenger list is headed by the name of the ship, the port of embarkation, the port of arrival, and the date of arrival. The concluding volumes in the series, covering the early 1890s, also specify the passengers’ last place of residence in Europe and their precise destination in the U.S.
For researchers investigating their Russian family origins, this type of information is the very bedrock on which all American family history is built.