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Filling in the Gaps in Ships Passenger Lists to Canada Before 1865

Ship Old England from Waterford Ireland to Quebec 1856

Names of individual passengers on ships sailing to Canada in the 1850s were extracted from the Alms House Admission Foreigners & Nativity Records New York City, New York 1855-1858 These individuals sailed from their home countries to Canadian ports, then to New York in the 1850s and were admitted to the Almshouse for care.

Dating back to the colonial era, New York City assumed responsibility for its citizens who were destitute, sick, homeless, or otherwise unable to care for themselves. The city maintained an almshouse, various hospitals, and a workhouse on Blackwell's Island (now called Roosevelt Island) for the poor.

These Almshouse records provide the date of admission and name of the ship, port of departure, port of arrival and Captain's name plus other details. Since Canadian ships passenger lists did not have to be archived until 1865, these records will help fill in the gaps in Canadian passenger arrivals from 1850 to 1855. Remember that each date was given by the individual being admitted to the Almshouse, so the date of arrival is only as good as that person's memory.

Please also be aware that the records were difficult to read due to cramped or bad handwriting, as well as ink that faded with time. Olive Tree Genealogy transcribers and proof-readers have done their best to provide a high-quality transcription but the original records should always be checked if you find a name of interest. Some entries, including ships names, could not be read with complete certainty and they have been indicated with ? or best-guesses placed inside [ ]
Date of Admission Name Age Nativity Time of Arrival Port Sailed From Port Arrived At Ship Captain Married or Single Who Can Identify Them How Many Times on The Island Remarks
1858 Nov. 24 Manny, Thomas 49 Ireland Dec. '56 Waterford Quebec Old? England Dunn Single Don't Know First Time blank

Search Irish Records Searchable databases include
Irish Flax Growers List, 1796
Irish Records Index, 1500-1920
Census Records for Ireland
Scots-Irish in Virginia Vol. 1, Vol.2 , Vol.3
Irish Quakers Immigration into Pennsylvania
New England Irish Pioneers
Chicago Irish Families, 1875-1925

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