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Ellis Island is probably the most famous entry way for immigrants coming to the United States, but official passenger lists from the U.S. government exist from 1820 to 1945 for most ports in the country. The lists are available in the National Archive on microfilm and at some public and geneological libraries. The Family History Library has locations throughout the country, where this information is also available. Passenger lists from before 1820 are housed in various museums and archives through the country.