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The Boston Pilot Newspaper, Boston Massachusetts

From October 1831 to October 1921, the Boston Pilot newspaper printed a Missing Friends (Information Wanted) column with advertisements from people looking for lost friends and relatives who had emigrated from Ireland to the United States & Canada. Many travelling to Canadian ports went on to USA, but others remained in Canada.

The Boston Pilot project (part of Missing Friends Project) is extracting the names and other details of those who sailed into Quebec and other Canadian Ports of Arrival.

The advertisements for missing family or friends were normally fairly detailed.

7 December 1833
Owen Moran, of Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland, emigrated from the town of Sligo, in 1832. Sailed in the James, of Maryport, bound for Quebec, since which time he has not been heard of, except a rumor of his death, which induces his wife to entreat of any who can contradict the above, not to be backward in so doing. The slightest information respecting him, either dead or alive, will be gratefully acknowledged by Catherine Louisa Moran, at No. 92 Sea Street, Boston. Catholic Editors are requested to give the above an insertion

Some, like the one below, were quite lengthy with amazing genealogical information:

16 October 1841
John McDonald
The undersigned being informed by John McDonald, of Brandon, Vt., that while working in Hoosick Falls, N. Y., last spring and summer, he met John Harnet, a laborer, and his brother, Thady Harnet, a pedlar, who stated to him that they had a first cousin in Middlebury, Vt., who kept an oil mill, named Tim Flanagan, and that said Flanagan was married in the county Limerick, Ireland, and left his wife and one child there. As said Flanagan is now about twenty-two years in America, and for the last sixteen or seventeen of which, has been living with a Methodist widow, and is supposed to be related, by marriage to Baggot, the schoolmaster, who formerly taught in Ballingarry, county Limerick: this is therefore to inquire of said Harnets, or of others, the name of the parish priest in Limerick, who married said Flanagan, and other particulars relating thereto. Letters relative to the above to be addressed to Rev. John B. Daly, Castleton, Vt. The Montreal and Quebec papers are respectfully requested to give a few insertions.

Missing Friends Project has organized the names of the missing alphabetically.

Choose from the following newspaper issues of Missing Friends:

Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper: Long Lost Relatives 1886 | 1887 | 1888 | 1889 | 1890 | 1891 | 1892 | 1893 | 1894 | 1895 | 1896 | 1897 | 1899 | 1900

Missing Friends Extracts from the Boston Pilot Newspaper, Boston Massachusetts 1830-1840 | 1840-1850


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