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SHIPS PASSENGER LISTS
English Immigration to USA & Canada
Pre-1820 Approximately 650,000 individuals of all nationalities arrived in America before 1820. Most were English and Welsh. Smaller numbers of German, Irish, Scotch-Irish, Dutch, French, Spanish, African, and other nationalities also arrived. These immigrants tended to settle in the eastern, middle-Atlantic, and southern states. Before January 1, 1820, the U.S. Federal Government did not require captains or masters of vessels to present a passenger list to U.S. officials. The lists that remain for the period before 1820 are varied in content. They range from name only lists to giving the person's full name, age, and country of origin.
1820-1880 Over 10 million immigrants came from northern Europe, the British Isles, and Scandinavia between 1820 and 1880. There was a large increase in the number of immigrants from Germany and Ireland beginning in the 1840s and 1850s. Some settled in large eastern and midwestern cities, but most migrated to the midwest and west.
1880-1920 More than 25 million immigrants, mainly from southern and eastern Europe came to USA. Many came from Germany, Italy, Ireland, Austria-Hungary, Russia, and England. Many settled in the larger cities, including New York City, Chicago, and Philadelphia. From 1820 to 1902 Custom Passengers Lists were kept the Customs Department. In 1883 the Immigration and Naturalization Service started keeping the records, and these are referred to as Immigration Passenger Lists
To find your English ancestors you will want to consult
What's Available in CD roms includes
- Ships Passenger Lists Index, 1500s-1900s Indexed CD with names of approximately 3,530,000 individuals who arrived in United States and Canadian ports
- Immigrants to the New World, 1600s-1800s
- Irish & British Immigrants to Amer, 1870-72 Vol 2
- Complete Book of Emigrants, 1607-1776
- Irish & British to America, 1860s - 1870s Ships Passenger Lists
- Irish Immigrants to North America, 1803-1871 Ships Passenger Lists
- Hull Port Emigration Bundle (5 CD Titles Lincolnshire . . . , Yorkshire Bundle)
- Liverpool Port Emigration Bundle 8 CD Titles Lancashire Bundle, Shropshire Bundle, Staffordshire etc
- London Port Emigration Bundle 7 CD Titles
Online Free Ships Passenger Lists
Browse Ships to USA
Browse Ships to Canada
Child Apprentices in America from Christ's Hospital, London 1617-1778 Surnames B][C][D][E]
English Emigrants from England to USA 1773-1776
over 6000 names of passengers to USA from England. Choose from English Emigrants 1773-1776 Surnames A
Online Immigration Records (Fee-based)
Early American Immigrations
Genealogy Data Free Trials
Free trials are a great way to save money on pay-to-view subscriptions. Try these free trials below to find your ancestors and start your family tree.
Persons of Quality Original Lists
Try the FREE Access to genealogy data on Ancestry.com, Ancestry.ca or Ancestry.co.uk
Immigrants to New England Try the FREE Access to genealogy data on Ancestry.com, Ancestry.ca or Ancestry.co.uk
The Complete Book of Emigrants, 1607-1776
Ships Passenger Lists on Microfilm
NARA & FHC Microfilm Reel Numbers Passenger Lists to North America 1820 to 1957
For help with Naturalization Records, plus online searchable databases, see NaturalizationRecords.com
Online Articles & Research Advice
Immigration to USA Before 1820
Immigration to USA After 1820
Naturalization & Citizenship Records USA (PART 1) What the Records contain
Naturalization & Citizenship Records USA (PART 2) Where to Find the Records
Manifest Markings: A Guide to Interpreting Passenger List Annotations (1892-1943) by Marian L. Smith, the Historian of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service
If the exact date of arrival of a ship is known, you can
read the arrival report in newspapers. For example,
The New York Times which began publication in September 1851, is available at many large libraries. The type of vessel is normally indicated on the arrival
report, which may also give information about events on the voyage. Sometimes names are also given, although full passenger lists are not. You can search the NY Times online! Search
1881-1906 These are off-site pay databases but you may be able to use a free trial offer to view them.
Custom Search Engines
My Custom Search Engines will search Olive Tree Genealogy and the Internet (sites such as ISTG, and more!) for FREE ships passenger lists from England to USA and Canada.
AllCensusRecords.com Search Census Records all years in USA & Canada. Comparison chart of online sites and what census records they have
If you don't know the year your ancestor arrived in the USA, search the 1870, 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 census for the year of immigration! Naturalization status is also given.
Looking for other USA records? See USA GENEALOGY
for searchable genealogy databases