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In 1660 English immigrants began settling the Eastern Shore (east of Chesapeake Bay) in Maryland. Almost all English immigrants came as indentured servants or convicts. By 1740, other immigrants were also settling western Maryland. Many were Germans who came via Philadelphia Pennsylvania but there were also Scottish, Dutch, Swedish, Huguenot and Acadians coming to the colony. Many blacks arrived as slave labour early in the 1600s.

An index of over 2,500,000 names found in more than 2,500 published sources is: Filby, P. William. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index. Arrival information for approximately 3,530,000 individuals who arrived in United States and Canadian ports Ships Passenger Lists Index, 1500s-1900s Indexed CD with names of approximately 3,530,000 individuals who arrived in United States and Canadian ports. Or search online Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s [$] Buy this CD by clicking on the picture

A comprehensive list of about 140,000 immigrants to America from Britain is: The Complete Book of Emigrants, 1607-1776 and Emigrants in Bondage, 161417 by Coldham, Peter Wilson. T Complete Book of Emigrants, 1607-1776 It includes New Hampshire immigrants and may show the British hometown, emigration date, ship, destination, and text of the document abstract.

The major port of entry into Maryland was Baltimore. Most Baltimore passenger lists are on microfilm at the National Archives, the Maryland Historical Society, the Baltimore City Archives, and the Family History Library. Some immigrants arrived at Annapolis, Havre de Grace, Nottingham, and St. Mary's, but there are few existing records of these ports.

Customs Passenger Lists for Baltimore begin in 1820 but many are lost and/or missing. Some surviving lists from 1840- 1891 are in the Family History Centre Catalogue as FHL films 417383-432. Some missing passenger lists may be found by searching for Baltimore lists 1833-1866 which were copies of the original lists submitted by the ship master. Cargo manifests from 1820 to 1821 may also serve as passenger list substitutes.

See the list of Microfilm Reel Numbers for Passenger Lists to North America 1820 to 1957

Book sources

  • Bentley, Elizabeth P., and Michael H. Tepper, eds. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Baltimore, 1820-1834: From Customs Passenger Lists
  • United States. Bureau of Customs. A Supplemental Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Atlantic and Gulf Coast Ports (Excluding New York) 1820-1874.
  • Glazier, Ira A., and P. William Filby, eds. Germans to America: Lists of Passengers Arriving at U.S. Ports, 1850-1887+. 54+ vols.

Baltimore Maryland Arrivals, after 1892

The National Archives has the immigration passenger lists and indexes of Baltimore since 1892. The Family History Library has microfilm copies of:

  • Lists 1892 to 1921 (On 133 FHL films)
  • Soundex card index 1897 to 1952 (On 43 FHL films)

See the list of Microfilm Reel Numbers for Passenger Lists to North America 1820 to 1957

The only known customs passenger lists for other Maryland ports are Annapolis, 1849 (FHL film 830231) and Havre de Grace, 1820 (FHL film 830234). Immigrants to Maryland, especially western Maryland, may have arrived in Philadelphia

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5-Step Search for Your Immigrant Ancestor in North America

Step 1: First search for your immigrant ancestor in the five major ports of arrival - New York New York, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Baltimore Maryland, Boston Massachusetts and New Orleans Louisiana

Naturalization Records are a great way to find an ancestor's arrival year and ship name!

Step 2: If you don't find your immigrant ancestor in a large port city, try smaller ports of arrival - Virginia, Connecticut, Delaware, Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maine, Rhode Island, Florida, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Michigan, Alaska, California, Hawaii and Washington

Step 3: Still can't find your immigrant ancestor on an American ships passenger list? Try a Canadian Port of Arrival and the Canada-U.S. border crossing records (Saint Albans Lists).

Step 4: If you still can't find your ancestor in free ships passenger lists, try ships passenger lists and naturalization records on a pay site. See the Immigration Comparison Chart to help you decide which of the fee-based sites has the passenger lists you need to find your immigrant ancestor

Step 5: Search for ships passengers in Ethnic Groups immigrating to America, other miscellaneous ports of arrival, Ships Passenger Lists on NARA microfilm, J.J. Cooke Shipping Agent Records, Castle Garden New York Ships Passenger Lists 1855-1890, Ellis Island New York Ships Passenger Lists 1894-1927 & Naturalization Records

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