Passenger lists for ships entering U.S. and Canada
The United States & Canada
Immigration records show the details of the last place of
residence in Ireland, passenger lists are much skimpier. For
North America, where ships passenger lists were kept, most appear
to have been deposited at the port of arrival, rather than
departure; in general, the authorities were more concerned with
recording those entering a country than those leaving. Passenger
lists commonly show the country of origin, only. At best, the
place name listed is the port of departure and is rarely the
place of residence. Since there were no laws in place to either
require Passenger Lists or to preserve those that were created,
what Passenger Lists exist don't come anywhere close to covering
the sheer numbers of people who emigrated from Ireland over the
- "Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia,1800-1819:The
Philadelphia "Baggage Lists"," ed.Michael
H.Tepper (Baltimore:Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986).
- Customs Passenger Lists, post 1820 passenger lists are
available through the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
and can be viewed there or in their regional repositories.
Peter Robinson Settlement of 1825.
- "Irish Emigration Lists 1833 - 1839" by Brian
Mitchell and published by Genealogical Publishing Co.,
Inc. c1989 (ISBN # 0-8063-1233-5). Lists of Emigrants
Extracted from the Ordnance Survey Memoirs for Counties
Londonderry and Antrim.
- "The Famine Immigrants, Vol.I-VII" ed.Ira A.Glazier
(Baltimore; The Genealogical Publishing Company, 1988) (NL
Ir 942 g 12), which records more than half a million
Irish arrivals in New York between 1846 and 1851
- A customs passenger list index for the port of Boston,
1847-91, is on microfilm at the Boston Public Library.
- "Irish Passenger Lists 1847-1871" Genealogical
Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore,1988 (ISBN 0-8063-1206-8).
Lists of Passengers Sailing from Londonderry to America
on Ships of the J & J Cooke Line and the McCorkell
Line. This book contains the names of about 27,000 Irish
immigrants that sailed on these two ship lines. The lists
were made by the ships owners, who kept them for business
purposes.. The lists the passenger's name, age, and the
residence of the passengers, along with some other data.
- "Passenger and Immigration Lists Index" (3 Vols)
Ed. P. William Filby & Mary K. Meyer. Gale, Detroit,
1981. (NL: RR 387 p 7), a consolidated index to a wide
variety of lists relating to North American immigration
from all over the world
- Immigration Passenger Lists, from 1883 is available
through the National Archives in Washington, D.C.and can
be viewed there or in their regional repositories.
Even these, however, cover only a fraction of the material of
potential value. There was a joint effort between Temple
University's National Immigration Archives center and John F.
Kennedy's Trust Center, in Wexford, Ireland to put passenger
lists covering the period 1852 up to the late 1890's on a data
base. The Kennedy center input all the information (there are
supposed to be several million names of it) and the Immigration
Archives have the data base; however, they have no funds to
publish the works...
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