Records Search Requests

The HIAS archives chronicle the modern history of a people who have migrated around the world for centuries. Our archives contain records that may be of interest to you because they are a part of your family history and testament to its endurance, or you may need documents for more practical reasons.

Though the history of HIAS stretches to the 1880s, our archives are not complete all the way back. Our Microfilm Collections extend from 1909 for Records of Special Inquiry and from 1911 for Records of Arrival. Copies of case files are available from about 1940.

Request for HIAS Arrival Card

Record search fee for each family if they arrived at the same time is a nonrefundable $30.00.

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Request for immigration records contained in a HIAS casefile

The record search fee for each family arriving together is a nonrefundable $30.00. This fee includes a search of microfilm collection on our premises. To order the case file from warehouse (if available) would incur an additional fee of $60.00.

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Request for Genealogy Research

The fee to initiate genealogy research for the part of your family who came to the U.S. is a nonrefundable $100.00. The fee includes a search of HIAS archives and all available online databases.

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Request for Missing Person Search

Many people are looking for family and friends they have lost. We will try to find these and other missing loved ones or information about them. Please note that if we find the person, we will only convey information about him/her if we are authorized to do so. Fee for this service is nonrefundable $30.00 and $70.00 for information discovered. 

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We cannot guarantee the outcome of any archival search, but will make every effort to assist you.

Please download and complete needed pdf form, specify your request and send with payment to sherly.postnikov@hias.org (preferable) or mail to:

HIAS Location Service
411 5th Avenue, Suite 1006
New York, NY 10016-2203

For more information, please contact Archives Manager Sherly Postnikov or call 212-613-1352.

For media requests please see our Media Inquiries page.