Ancestry.com is extending the free access to their hugely enlarged
passenger manifest collection through the end of the year. If you have any
immigrant relatives whom you have not yet found in the passenger lists, I
encourage you to take advantage of this, esp. since an Ancestry
subscription can be so expensive. Please note that for Ellis Island
arrivals, Ancestry has done their own extraction/indexing, separate from
that found at the Ellis Island website; this means that if a name was
mis-read or mis-typed by the Ellis Island indexer and therefore unfindable
by even a soundex search (like my relative whose name was mis-read as
"Micntka"), you have a fresh chance of finding them on the Ancestry site.
Don't forget to look for immigrant siblings of your immigrant ancestors;
their manifest entry might have an item of info that isn't in your own
I had some huge breakthroughs this past month thanks to the expanded
passenger manifest database; and I have a few people that I still cannot
find no matter what. And now I have more time to keep trying, free of cost.
Go for it, and good luck!