Many immigrants landed in New York City to begin their life in America over the past 400 years. Several migrations of people happened. During the 1600s many immigrants came the Netherlands, France, and Great Britain. The 1700s witnessed a huge influx of people from Germany and Great Britain. During the 1800s and 1900s many immigrants were processed at immigration stations in Castle Garden and Ellis Island. Immigrants came from all over the world, but some of the largest groups to settle in New York included Italians, Germans, Irish, and Eastern European Jews. After World War II, people came from even farther afield from countries located in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Records relating to your ancestors' immigration can be found at places like the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), New York Public Library, and New York State Archives in Albany. The New York Public Library has a large collection of ships' passengers lists on microfilm. and NARA has naturalization records for many areas in New York state and elsewhere.