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SHIPS PASSENGER LISTS TO CANADA

* Search for Your Immigrant Ancestor in Ports of Arrival U.S.A. | Canada | Australia & New Zealand | South Africa | England
* Find Ancestors on Ships Passenger Lists Outbound from USA & Canada
* Find Ancestors on Ships Passenger Lists by Year of Arrival

Filling in the Gaps in Ships Passenger Lists to Canada

Famine Before 1865 Ships Passenger lists on Ships Sailing to Ports in Canada did not have to be archived. It is a challenging time period to find passenger lists! But there ARE alternate records - shipping agent records, emigration agent ledger books, newspaper extracts are only a few

NEW Irish Canadian Emigration Records, 1823-1849 available on Ancestry.com This database contains various records and reports of Canadian emigration agents James Allison and A.J. Buchanan. Among the various records are some emigration and orphan lists. These lists are searchable by name. The two collections in this database are: Neilson collection [Records of James Allison, Emigrant Agent at Montreal, 1823-1845 Vol. 21 and 1846-1849 Vol. 22] & Emigration Agent Returns of Emigrant Orphans, 1847 [$]
Finding Ancestors on Canadian Passenger Lists
Start your ancestor search with Canadian Passenger Lists online, Passengers & Immigration Help, What's available in Canadian immigration before 1865, or Finding Ships Passenger Lists to Canada

Ships Passenger Lists Before 1865

There are no comprehensive ships passenger lists of immigrants arriving in Canada prior to 1865. Until that year, shipping companies were not required by the government to keep their passenger manifests.

Immigration Projects Online

* Immigrants proceeding to Upper Canada via New York 1817-1819 Index to online Passes for 199 individuals who were issued passes to go from New York to Upper Canada shortly after arriving in the USA
* Edinburgh Settlers 1815 General List of Settlers enrolled for Canada under the Government Regulations at Edinburgh 1815. These lists of passengers are a compilation of two lists.
* Return of Irish Catholic (Counties Wexford & Carlow) families who Sailed from New Ross to Upper Eastern Canada in 1817
* Alms House Admission Foreigners & Nativity Records with Ships Names 1819 - 1840 (New York City, New York) includes individuals who had sailed into Canada first
* Ships passenger lists for Peter Robinson Settlers sailing 1825 Ireland to Canada (includes passenger lists and surgeon's logs of the sick and dying, plus 180 Settlers Survey Responses 1823-1825)
* St. Lawrence Steamboat Co. Passenger Records 1819-1836
* Poor Law Union Immigration from England to Canada 1836-1853 names of impoverished emigrants sent from England to Canada on board 23 ships. Also names of emigrants each year from 1836 - 1871 (no ship names)
* The Hawke Papers, letterbooks of Chief Emigrant Agent Anthony B. Hawke are available at the Archives of Ontario from 1831 to 1892. Search the searchable database 1865 - 1883 The 1831-1865 records are not online but can be consulted at the Ontario Archives
* Passenger Books of J & J Cooke, Shipping Agents with sailings from Londonderry Ireland to Quebec and St. John New Brunswick from 1847 to 1871.
* People from the Fitzwilliam estate in Ireland who settled in Ontario, 1847-1855 Settlement in East half of Ontario
*A Story of Emigration: Southwest Wicklow (Ireland) to Ontario 1840s Settlement in West half of Ontario
* Index of Names of Emigrants from the 1845-1847 Records of James Allison, Emigrant Agent at Montreal
* Records of James Allison, Emigrant Agent at Montreal, 1823-1845 on Ancestry.com Full details [$]
* Emigration Agent Returns of Emigrant Orphans, 1847 on Ancestry.com [$]
* Filling in the Gaps: Partial Ships Passenger Lists 1850-1855 Names of Individuals in the New York Almshouse who arrived in Canada before going on to New York (includes name of ship, date of arrival and more)
* Return of Emigrants Landed at the Port of Kingston Ontario, Canada 1861-1882 gives the final destination of the individuals, their date of arrival at Kingston and more.
* Petworth Immigrants 1832-1837
* Emigrants from England in New York City Almshouse 1818-1830 - 254 names of English immigrants to Canada & USA including the name of the ship they sailed on
* Irish Immigrants at Grosse-Īle - 33,026 immigrants whose names appear in surviving records of the Grosse-Īle Quarantine Station between 1832 and 1937.
* Search most ships lists on the Internet going to Canada and the online InGeneas databases for immigration to Canada 1800s
* Saint John New Brunswick Customs House Passenger Lists 1815, 1832, 1833-1834 & 1837-1838 - the only known surviving lists from this time period. Most of the Customs House records were lost in 1877 in the Great Fire of Saint John. Famine lists from 1845-1850 appear also to have been lost.
* Colonial Archives Database contains over 70,000 detailed descriptions of documents in the archival collection mainly of the British and French colonial periods. Search Tip from Lorine: Use French keyword "passagers" to virew the 526 entries re passengers to New France, Louisiana etc. Note that the records are NOT duplicated in both English & French. For eg. "passengers" gives 89 hits only
* Index to Miscellaneous Immigrants to Canada Before 1865 A number of lists have been indexed by name in this database. Many of the records relate to immigrants from the British Isles to Quebec and Ontario, but there are also references to settlers in other provinces. The database also includes other types of records such as declarations of aliens and names of some Irish orphans.


Passenger lists for Ships to Canada after 1865

Search Tip - English or Irish ancestors to Canada might be found in U.K. Directories, 1680-1830, Irish Flax Growers List, 1796 or Irish Records Index, 1500-1920


Olive Tree Genealogy has several ongoing Immigration Projects to find or reconstruct Canadian Ships Passenger Lists before 1865. They are the J J Cooke Shipping Records 1847 to 1871 with its lists of Irish passengers and New York Almshouse Records 1818-1855 with its lists of ships and passengers arriving in Canadian ports.

A very exciting NEW project as of October 2011 is the Poor Law Union Immigration from England to Canada. These are names of impoverished people whose parishes in England did not wish to support with money. Rather than go to the workhouse they were given the option of emigrating to Canada, New Zealand or Australia. You will find names of passengers for 23 ships sailing between 1836 and 1853 - ships that until this project had no known passenger list surviving! Also included are names of emigrants between 1836 and 1871.

Another ongoing project is Emigrants from England in New York City Almshouse 1818-1830 - 254 names of English immigrants to Canada & USA including the name of the ship they sailed on.

Completed projects include Names of Emigrants from the 1845-1847 (Records of James Allison, Emigrant Agent at Montreal Quebec Canada) Return of Emigrants Landed at the Port of Kingston Ontario, Canada (1861-1882) and Peter Robinson Irish Immigration to Peterborough 1823 and 1825 (includes passenger lists and surgeon's logs of the sick and dying)

NEW! Request a search for your ancestor in the following Books of Immigration and Ships Passenger Lists Records from my personal collection.
  • [BOOK 1] Names of Emigrants 1845-1847. Records of James Allison, Emigrant Agent at Montreal (Quebec Canada)
  • [BOOKS 2-4] Canada Company Remittance Books 1843-1847 in 3 Volumes.
  • [BOOK 5] Index of Passengers Who Emigrated to Canada between 1817 and 1849.
Another new project is a list of Manifest Markings on Canadian Passenger Lists, and what they meant. Also see Canadian Passenger Lists Questions 1911-1919 & Canadian Passenger Lists Questions 1926-1927 These projects provide genealogists with names of ships and either full or partial passenger lists of those sailing to Canada. Some individuals were bound for USA, others settled in Canada

Ships with Passengers for Upper Canada (Ontario) Canada

An Olive Tree Genealogy Free Ships Passenger List Officers, Seamen and Marines of His Majesty's Fleet on Lake Ontario, killed and wounded at Oswego on 6 May 1814

An Olive Tree Genealogy Free Ships Passenger List Surgeon's Journal of the Transport Ship John Barry between 22 April to 25 July 1825 during which time the said ship has been employed in conveying the Irish Emigrant Settlers from Cork to Quebec. [New Oct. 29, 2010]
An Olive Tree Genealogy Free Ships Passenger List Surgeon's Journal of the Transport Ship Amity between 5 April to 9 July 1825 during which time the said ship has been employed in conveying the Irish Emigrant Settlers from Cork to Quebec. [New Oct. 29, 2010]
An Olive Tree Genealogy Free Ships Passenger List Surgeon's Journal of the Transport Ship Elizabeth between 4 May 1825 & 21st July 1825 during which time the said ship has been employed in conveying the Irish Emigrant Settlers from Cork to Quebec. [New Oct. 27, 2010]
An Olive Tree Genealogy Free Ships Passenger List Medical and surgical journal of the Star transport ship for 6 April to 13 July 1825 by Ninian McMorris, Surgeon and Superintendent, during which time the said ship was employed in conveying emigrants to Quebec. [New Oct. 27, 2010]
An Olive Tree Genealogy Free Ships Passenger List Journal of the Medical and surgical journal of the Regulus transport ship for 7 April to 13 July 1825 by Matthew Burnside, Surgeon and Superintendent conveying the Irish Emigrant Settlers from Cork to Quebec. [New Oct. 30, 2010]
An Olive Tree Genealogy Free Ships Passenger List Medical and surgical journal of the Fortitude Emigrant Ship for 28 April to 1 July 1825 by Francis Connin, Surgeon and Superintendent conveying the Irish Emigrant Settlers from Cork to Quebec. [New Oct. 30, 2010]
An Olive Tree Genealogy Free Ships Passenger List Medical journal of the Brunswick, emigrant ship, for 5 April to 27 June 1825 by John Tarn surgeon and superintendent, during which time the said ship was employed in conveying emigrants from Cork to Quebec [New Oct. 30, 2010]
An Olive Tree Genealogy Free Ships Passenger List Medical and surgical journal of the Albion Convict Ship, for 4 April to 4 July 1825 by John Thomson Surgeon and Superintendent, during which time the said vessel was employed in conveying emigrants from Cork to Quebec. [New Oct. 30, 2010]
An Olive Tree Genealogy Free Ships Passenger List Peter Robinson Irish Immigration to Peterborough 1823 and 1825 (includes passenger lists and surgeon's logs of the sick and dying)
An Olive Tree Genealogy Free Ships Passenger List Passenger List of Fortitude May 1825 Cork Ireland to Peterborough Ontario
An Olive Tree Genealogy Free Ships Passenger List Passenger List of Resolution May 1825 Cork Ireland to Peterborough Ontario
An Olive Tree Genealogy Free Ships Passenger List Passenger List of Star May 1825 Cork Ireland to Peterborough Ontario
An Olive Tree Genealogy Free Ships Passenger List Passenger List of Elizabeth May 1825 Cork Ireland to Peterborough Ontario
An Olive Tree Genealogy Free Ships Passenger List Passenger List of Albion May 1825 Cork Ireland to Peterborough Ontario
An Olive Tree Genealogy Free Ships Passenger List Passenger List of Brunswick May 1825 Cork Ireland to Peterborough Ontario
An Olive Tree Genealogy Free Ships Passenger List Passenger List of Amity May 1825 Cork Ireland to Peterborough Ontario
An Olive Tree Genealogy Free Ships Passenger List Passenger List of Regulus May 1825 Cork Ireland to Peterborough Ontario
An Olive Tree Genealogy Free Ships Passenger List Return of Emigrants Landed at the Port of Kingston Ontario, Canada 1861-1882

Look for ancestors in ships passenger lists arriving in Canada:

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Ontario Immigration (Peter Robinson Settlement, Kingston Emigrant Records, Hawke Papers) | Canada-U.S. border crossing records (Saint Albans Lists) | J.J. Cooke Shipping Agent Records | Filling in the Gaps 1850-1857

 

 
 

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