Many Irish emigrants entered the US through New York
Depending on date of entry, Immigrant Processing Centers for New York City were Ellis Island, Castle Garden and the Barge Office
Aug 1, 1855 – April 18, 1890… Castle Garden
April 19, 1890 – Dec 31, 1891… Barge Office
Jan 1, 1892 – June 14, 1897… Ellis Island
On June 14-15, 1897 the Ellis Island immigration building was destroyed by fire and the Barge Office was once more recommissioned to process immigrants.
Luckily the customs passenger records were NOT lost in the fire, they were stored offsite.
June 15, 1897 – Dec 16, 1900….Barge Office
A new building on Ellis Island opened on Dec 17, 1900.
Dec 17, 1900 – late 1924….Ellis Island
New York Passenger Lists Index 1820-1892 index only; no images; free to use