There are more than 110,000 records showing the arrivals in the city of Key West, Florida. While the information for each person varies, Florida, Key West Passenger Lists 1898-1945 usually provides:
The city of Key West is located at the southern tip of the Florida Keys, a chain of islands off the coast of Florida, sticking out into the Gulf of Mexico. Due in part to its geographic position, Key West was an important port city and many travelers and new immigrants entered the country though this city, especially those traveling to and from destinations in the Americas and the Caribbean. These passenger lists show the thousands of travelers who began their journey in the United States in Florida, during the first half of the 20th century.
These records can help you to discover new information about your family members and enrich your genealogical research. You can use the details you learn to find out more about your ancestors in our other collections, like Florida newspapers, United States census records, and military records.
The passenger list records also include an associated image that contains additional information that cannot be found in the transcript. Some of the original documents also span multiple images, so it is very important to view adjacent images using the previous and next buttons on each side of the image viewer. This can help you find out such key facts like their physical description, their purpose for being in the country, and whether they have ever been in the country before.
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