US Passenger Lists

Immigration to America and Passenger Lists

The United States of America received tens of millions of immigrants over the 18th and 19th Centuries.  Many of these arrived from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.  The most popular destination was New York and two particular dock areas were used to process around 20 million immigrants arriving in New York.  From 1855 to 1890 approximately 8 million immigrants were received at Castle Garden, which is on the southern tip of Manhattan.  And from 1892 to 1954 around 12 million immigrants were processed at Ellis Island, a small island in New York Harbour.

US Passenger Lists

The United States Passenger Lists and Shipping Lists provide invaluable information to Family Historians and Genealogists who are trying to trace an ancestors immigration into the United States.  The information can include Arrival Year and Date, Arrival City, Ship Name, Departure Port, Name, Birth Year and Country, and Occupation. It may be possible to view the original image which may provide further information i.e. handwriting, ability to write, class of ticket, and who the person was travelling with (i.e. this may provide further family information).  Of course the arrival city may just be the starting point for the person or families emigration to the United States.  United States Census Records are very useful to obtain further information.  Here are some of the most important US Passenger Lists:

New York Passenger Lists – including Ellis Island Passenger Lists and Castle Garden Passenger Lists.

Massachusets, Boston Passenger Lists – 1820-1943 – Boston, Massachussets in New England, USA was a very popular arrival city for immigrants to the US.  There are 3.7 million records in this collection.

Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists – 1820-1957 – this collection includes 1.5 million records

Florida Key West Passenger Lists – 1898-1945 – 110,000 records in this collection

Florida Tampa Passenger Lists – 1898-1945 – 90,000 records in this collection

General ‘Travel & Migration’ Search including Passenger Lists