The Emigrant Savings Bank was established in New York City in 1850 by the Irish Emigrant Society, which was founded for the protection of immigrants from Ireland. The bank offered a safe place to keep the immigrants' money and a way to send money home to destitute relatives. This collection consists of selected records of the bank, particularly records pertaining to the Irish Emigrant Society, and data about the bank's depositors and borrowers. Bank records contain information about deposit accounts, real estate, buildings, and investments. Deposit accounts often contain detailed personal and genealogical information about individual depositors.
The following are the chief sources of genealogical information within the collection:
Index Books three books span the period 1850-1880. For accounts opened in a given year, all last names beginning with the same letter are grouped together, but not alphabetized individually. Test Books contain an abundance of detailed personal and family information. This information was used when a depositor wished to send money home, and as a practical identity test, especially in the case of depositors who could not read or write.
Deposit Account Ledgerscontain the basic banking transactions, such as deposits, withdrawals, and balances, and are arranged by deposit-account number.
Transfer, Signature, and Test Booksrecord any changes in the deposit-accounts.
Bond and Mortgage Booksinclude the date of approval, name of mortgagor, house number, size of the ground, description of the building, the amount of the loan, the name of the attorney, and in most cases a drawing of the location on a block map.
Real Estate Loans Ledgerspertain to the years 1902-1923. Information includes the applicant's name, the amount of money requested, location of ground and building, material of the building, and the number of floors.