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Passenger lists

Did the person you are searching for immigrate to the United States? If so, passenger lists will be among the most useful sources in your research. These lists are likely to include the names, ages, occupations and hometown of the immigrants, along with the entry and demarcation ports and ship name.

Below is a selection of the passenger lists available at St. Louis Public Library. Whether the immigrant you are researching left Europe, Russia, Africa or a port in between--whether the immigrant arrived in New York, New Orleans, Boston or another U.S. port--staff will be happy to work with you. They can help you discover the best passenger lists to aid your genealogical research. Contact the Library for more information.

Emigration from the United Kingdom to America : lists of passengers arriving at U.S. ports
edited by Ira A. Glazier.
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2006-
Glazier (former director, Center for Migration Research, Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies and Immigration) presents the first volume of a new series intended to give the historian and genealogist a database of English, Welsh, Scottish, and Irish immigrants who arrived at the Port of New York between 1870 and 1897. Passenger lists detailing name, age, sex, occupation, previous place of habitation, and destination are arranged in chronological order by date of arrival. An index alphabetically lists passengers by name. The lists were created from the original US ship manifest collection found in the National Archives. This volume covers the period January to June 1870. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
     
More emigrants in bondage, 1614-1775
Peter Wilson Coldham.
Baltimore, Md. : Genealogical Pub. Co., c2002.
An additional supplement to the author's The complete book of emigrants in bondage, 1614-1775.
     
Italians to America : lists of passengers arriving at U.S. ports, 1880-1899
edited by Ira A. Glazier and P. William Filby.
Wilmington, Del. : Scholarly Resources, 1992-
Italians to America is the first indexed reference work devoted to Italian immigrants to the United States. This series contains passenger list information in chronological order on the first major wave of Italian migration during the last two decades of the nineteenth century. As with the highly regarded companion series on German immigrants, Italians to America presents the passenger lists in chronological order, including information on each person's age, sex, occupation, village of origin, and destination, plus the name of the ship, the port of embarkation and the date of arrival. Each volume also contains an introduction on the history of Italian migration to the U.S. and a full name index, greatly simplifying the researcher's job.
     
They came in ships : a guide to finding your immigrant ancestor's arrival record
by John Philip Colletta.
Salt Lake City, UT : Ancestry Pub., c1993.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [83]-93).
     
They came in ships
by John Philip Colletta.
Salt Lake City, UT : Ancestry Pub., 1989.
Chances are excellent that your ancestors came to America from somewhere-England, Spain, Germany, China, Africa. Can you imagine how they felt as they left their homes, what they left behind? Do you want to know? Would you know where to even start looking for the details? Author and genealogist John P. Colletta prepares you to undertake the search. He tells you not only what fundamental facts you need to know about your immigrant ancestor before beginning, but suggests where you may find that information as well.
     
Germans to America : lists of passengers arriving at U.S. ports, 1850-1855
edited by Ira A. Glazier and P. William Filby.
Wilmington, Del. : Scholarly Resources, c1988-
  1. Includes indexes.
  2. v. 1. January 1850-May 1851 -- v. 2. May 1851-June 1852 -- v. 3. June 1852-September 1852--v. 4. September 1852-May 1853-- v. 5. May 1853-October 1853 -- v. 6. October 1853-May 1854--v.7. May 1854-Aug 1855--v.8. August 1854-December 1854--v. 9. December 1854-December 1855--v.10. January 1856-April 1857--v. 11. April 1857-November 1857--v. 12. November 1857-July 1859--v. 13. August 1859-December 1860--v. 14. January 1861-May 1863--v. 15. June 1863-October 1864--v. 16. November 1864-November 1865--v. 17. November 1865-June 1866--v. 18. June 1866-December 1866--v. 19. January 1867-August 1867--v. 20. August 1887-May 1868--v. 21. May 1868-September 1868--v. 22. October 1868-May 1869--v. 23. June 1868-December 1869--v. 24. January 1870-December 1870.
     
Ships from Ireland to early America, 1623-1850
by David Dobson.
Baltimore, MD : Printed for Clearfield Co. by Genealogical Pub. Co., c1999.
     
Germans to America--series II : lists of passengers arriving at U.S. ports in the 1840s
edited by Ira A. Glazier ; with a foreword by P. William Filby.
Wilmington, Del. : Scholarly Resources, c2002-
  1. Includes index.
  2. v. 1. January 1840-June 1843 -- v. 2. July 1843-December 1845.
     
Ship passenger lists : Pennsylvania and Delaware (1641-1825)
edited and indexed by Carl Boyer, 3rd.
Newhall, Calif. : Boyer, 1980.
Includes indexes.
     
Pennsylvania German immigrants, 1709-1786 : lists consolidated from yearbooks of the Pennsylvania German Folklore Society
edited by Don Yoder.
Baltimore : Genealogical Publishing Co., 1980.
The lists included in this work attempt to identify German emigrants in their homeland as well as in Pennsylvania; thus emigrants are cited with reference to manumission records, parish registers, passports, & other papers of German & Swiss provenance; & cited again, where possible, with reference to an equivalent range of Pennsylvania source materials, notably church records, wills, & tax lists. Moreover, the emigrants are frequently cited in Strassburger & Hinke's famous Pennsylvania German Pioneers, from which are drawn dates of arrival, names of ships, & other evidence of immigration. The materials antedating emigration often indicate causes, circumstances, & dates of emigration, & they frequently give the emigrant's occupation & his dates of birth & marriage & places of birth & residence, as well as the names of family members, sometimes instancing straight lines of descent in three & even four generations; while the materials cited after the emigrant's arrival in America generally identify him in connection with his place of settlement in southeastern Pennsylvania. The five emigrant lists that comprise this work were originally published between 1936 & 1951 in yearbooks of The Pennsylvania German Folklore Society. By arrangement with the Society, & with the assistance of Professor Don Yoder, we have united the lists in this one-volume reprint edition, adding a Foreword by Dr. Yoder as well as indexes to persons & ships. Listed below are the titles of the lists included in the work: * Emigrants from Wuerttemberg: The Adolf Gerber Lists * Pennsylvania German Pioneers from the County of Wertheim * A List of German Immigrants to the American Colonies from Zweibruecken in the Palatinate, 1728-1749 * A List of German Immigrants to the American Colonies from Zweibruecken in the Palatinate, 1750-1771 * A List of Eighteenth-Century Emigrants from the Canton of Schaffhausen to the American Colonies, 1734-1752.
     
Passengers from Ireland : lists of passengers arriving at American ports between 1811 and 1817
transcribed from the Shamrock or Hibernian chronicle by Donald M. Schlegel.
Baltimore : Genealogical Publishing Co., 1980.
  1. Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
  2. Transcribed from the Shamrock or Hibernian Chronicle by D.M. Schlegel. Schlegel, Donald M.
     
The king's passengers to Maryland and Virginia
Peter Wilson Coldham.
Westminster, Md. : Willow Bend Books, 2000, c1997.
Includes index.
     
Passage to America, 1851-1869 : the records of Richard Elliott, passenger agent, Detroit, Michigan
by Mary Lou Straith Duncan.
Detroit : Detroit Society for Genealogical Research, 1999.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
     
Passenger arrivals at the Port of Charleston, 1820-1829
transcribed by Brent H. Holcomb.
Baltimore, Md. : Genealogical Pub. Co., c1994.
Includes index.
     
German immigrant servant contracts registered at the port of Philadelphia, 1817-1831
Farley Grubb.
Baltimore, MD : Genealogical Pub. Co., c1994.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
     
German immigrants : lists of passengers bound from Bremen to New York, 1868-1871, with places of origin
compiled by Gary J. Zimmerman & Marion Wolfert.
Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1993.
Spine title: German immigrants, 1868-1871.
     
Passengers on the "Lion" from England to Boston, 1632 : and five generations of their descendants
Sandra Sutphin Olney.
Bowie, Md. : Heritage Books, 1992.
Includes bibliography (p. 701-729) and index.
     
Supplement to The complete book of emigrants in bondage, 1614-1775
Peter Wilson Coldham.
Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., c1992.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 5-6).
     
Emigrants from England to the American colonies, 1773-1776
Peter Wilson Coldham.
Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., c1988.
Includes bibliographical references (p. vii) and index.
     
German immigrants : lists of passengers bound from Bremen to New York, 1863-1867, with places of origin
compiled by Gary J. Zimmerman & Marion Wolfert.
Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1988.
Spine title: German immigrants, 1863-1867.
     
The complete book of emigrants in bondage, 1614-1775
Peter Wilson Coldham.
Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1988.
  1. Rev. ed. of: Bonded passengers to America. 1983.
  2. Bibliography: p. 919-920.
     
German immigrants : lists of passengers bound from Bremen to New York, 1855-1862, with places of origin
compiled by Gary J. Zimmerman & Marion Wolfert.
Baltimore : Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986.
Spine title: German immigrants, 1855-1862.
     
Passenger arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia, 1800-1819 : the Philadelphia baggage lists
general editor, Michael H. Tepper ; transcribed by Elizabeth P. Bentley.
Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1986.
     
Search for the passengers of the Mary & John, 1630
Burton W. Spear.
Toledo, Ohio (5602 305th St., Toledo 43611) : B.W. Spear, c1985-c1993.
  1. Vol. 11-<15 > have imprint: Mary & John Clearinghouse, Burton W. Spear, Toledo, Ohio.
  2. Includes bibliographies.
  3. v. 1. Passengers & their children -- v. 2. Descendants' return to the ancestral homes, 1985 -- v. 3. Updated ancestries -- v. 4. Allen thru Flyer -- v. 5. Gallop thru Greenway -- v. 6. Hannum thru Ludlow -- v. 7. Maverick thru Stoughton -- v. 8. Strong & Flyer -- v. 9. Terry thru Wolcott -- v. 10. Master index for volumes 4 thru 9 -- v. 11. "Mary & John II" tour to England --v. 12-13. New ancestral discoveries -- v. 14. West country planters to New England, 1620-1643 -- v. 15. "Mary & John III" tour to England -- v.16. Supplement to v. 14, West country planters, 1620-1643 -- v. 17. West country ancestries, 1620-1643, pt.1 -- v. 18. West country ancestries, 1620-1642, pt.2 -- v. 19. West country ancestries, 1620-1643, pt. 3 -- v. 20. West country ships and passengers, 1620-1643--v. 21. The world-wide conference plus new discoveries-1993--v. 22.West Country Ancestries, 1620-1643, part 4.
     
German immigrants : lists of passengers bound from Bremen to New York, 1847-1854, with places of origin
compiled by Gary J. Zimmerman & Marion Wolfert.
Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1985.
Spine title: German immigrants, 1847-1854.
     
Port of Derry ship list from J. & J. Cooke's Line, 1847-1849.
 
Apollo, PA (1935 Sampson Dr., Apollo 15613-9238) : Closson Press in cooperation with Derry Youth & Community Workshop of Northern Ireland, c1985
  1. Cover title: Emigrants from Derry port, 1847-49.
  2. "Dessie Baker, editor"--Cover.
  3. Includes indexes.
     
Ships passenger lists, Port of Galveston, Texas, 1846-1871.
 
Easley, S.C. : Southern Historical Press, c1984.
  1. "Published under the auspices of the Galveston County Genealogical Society."
  2. Includes index.
     
Czech immigration passenger lists
by Leo Baca.
Hallettsville, Tex. : Old Homestead Pub. Co., c1983-
Bibliography: p. 156-157.
     
Bonded passengers to America
by Peter Wilson Coldham.
Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1983.
  1. Volume 2 and 3 originally published in 1974 and 1976 under title: English convicts in Colonial America, Volume 1 and 2.
  2. v. 1. History of transportation, 1615-1775 -- v. 2. Middlesex, 1617-1775 -- v. 3. London, 1656-1775 -- v. 4. Home counties, 1655-1775 -- v. 5. Western Circuit, 1664-1775 -- v. 6. Oxford Circuit, 1663-1775 -- v. 7. Norfolk Circuit, 1663-1775 -- v. 8. Northern Circuit, 1665-1775 -- v. 9. Midland Circuit, 1671-1775.
     
Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries
edited by P. William Filby, with Mary K. Meyer.
Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., c1981.
     
Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of 300,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries
edited by P. William Filby, with Mary K. Meyer.
Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., c1980.
  1. "This volume is a preliminary edition containing about 75,000 names."
  2. Includes bibliographical references.
     
Swedish passenger arrivals in U.S. ports 1820-1850 (except New York) : with additions and corrections to Swedish passenger arrivals in New York 1820-1850
by Nils William Olsson.
Saint Paul, Minn. : North Central Pub. Co., 1979.
  1. Bibliography: p. 135-138.
  2. Includes indexes.
     
Ship passenger lists : the South, 1538-1825
edited and indexed by Carl Boyer, 3rd.
Newhall, Calif. : Boyer, 1979.
Includes indexes.
     
German "pest ships," 1720-1721
Compiled and translated by Alice D. Forsyth and Earlene L. Zeringue.
New Orleans : Genealogical Research Society of New Orleans, 1969.
  1. Facsimiles of French holograph passenger lists (with translations) of 5 ships carrying German and Swiss families to the Province of Louisiana in 1720-1721.
  2. "This is copy #329 of 525 copies."
  3. Includes index.
  4. Compiled and translated by Alice D. Forsyth and Earlene L. Zeringue. Forsyth, Alice D. Zeringue, Earlene L.
     
Index to passenger lists of vessels arriving at Baltimore, 1820-97 : (Federal passenger lists).
 
Washington : National Archives and Records Service, General Services Administration, 1960.
"The card index reproduced on this microcopy ... [is] part of Record Group 36, Records of the Bureau of Customs, in the National Archives."
     
Index to passenger lists of vessels arriving at Boston, 1848-1891
 
Washington, D.C. : National Archives and Records Service, 1958.
"The index produced on this microcopy and the lists are part of Record Group 36, Records of the Bureau of Customs, in the National Archives."
     
Index to passenger lists of vessels arriving at New York, 1820-1846
 
Washington, D.C. : National Archives and Records Service, 1958.
     
Passenger and immigration lists index. Supplement.
 
Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co.
Supplements are cumulated every four years.
     
Passenger arrivals at the Port of New York, 1830-1832 : from customs passenger lists
transcribed by Elizabeth P. Bentley.
Baltimore, MD : Genealogical Pub., 2000.
     
Migration from the Russian Empire : list of passengers arriving at the Port of New York
edited by Ira A. Glazier.
Baltimore, Md. : Genealogical Pub. Co., Inc, 1995-
Compiled from original customs passenger lists & immigration passenger lists held by the Temple-Balch Center for Immigration Research, information in these inaugural volumes corresponds to the information given in the passenger lists-name of passenger, his age, sex, occupation, country of origin, place of residence, & destination; additionally, each passenger list is headed by the name of the ship, the port of embarkation, the port of arrival, & the date of arrival. For researchers investigating their family origins, this type of information is absolutely indispensable, since it is the very bedrock on which all American family history is built. The greatest of all genealogical adventures-the quest for immigrant origins-begins here, for these volumes go beyond gross statistical profiles & follow individuals & families from their place of origin to their destination. Only in books like this, operating at the level of microhistory, can we catch a glimpse of individuals in the crowd & get a sense of the circumstances that fuelled mass migration.
     
Mayflower passengers, 1620
edited and compiled by Audrey Drummond and Nancy J. Springer ; design and typesetting by Richard H. Maxwell.
Boston, Mass. (376 Boylston St., Boston 02116) : Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, c1992.
Includes bibliographical references (p.23-24).
     
Immigrant and passenger arrivals : a select catalog of National Archives microfilm publications.
 
Washington, D.C. : National Archives Trust Fund Board, [1991]
  1. Cover title: Immigrant & passenger arrivals.
  2. Includes index.
     
American passenger arrival records : a guide to the records of immigrants arriving at American ports by sail and steam
Michael Tepper.
Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1988.
Bibliography: p. 127-134.
     
Passenger and immigration lists bibliography, 1538-1900 : being a guide to published lists of arrivals in the United States and Canada
edited by P. William Filby.
Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., c1988.
**** Cited in BCL3, Sheehy. The new edition includes all the bibliographic citations from the first edition (1981) and its supplement (1984) and adds more than 750 new lists. It is arranged alphabetically by author, with lists included alphabetically by title when no author is known. Full publication information is given in each of the numbered entries, including reprint information, followed by a descriptive annotation (typically including such information as original location of the passenger or ship list, immigration register, church record, naturalization data, or archival source in the native country). All entries in the bibliography are numbered and correspond with the source numbers used in the Passenger and immigration lists index. Provides an index to data through the names of the places of emigration and immigration, ports of departure and arrival, and places of settlement. Ship names, place names, and collective names of various nationalities and peoples are included. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
     
From Bremen to America in 1850 : fourteen rare emigrant ship lists
Clifford Neal Smith.
McNeal, Ariz. : Westland Publications, 1987.
Includes bibliographical references.
     
The Antwerp emigration index
by Charles M. Hall and Heritage International.
[Logan, Utah (Box 368, Logan 84321) : Everton Publishers, 1986?]
Cover title.
     
Passenger and immigration lists bibliography, 1538-1900 : being a guide to published lists of arrivals in the United States and Canada. Supplement with combined index to basic volume and supplement
edited by P. William Filby.
Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., c1984-
  1. 1st Supplement
  2. Includes index.
     
Immigrant and passenger arrivals : a select catalog of National Archives microfilm publications.
 
Washington, D.C. : National Archives Trust Fund Board, U.S. General Services Administration, 1983.
  1. Cover title: Immigrants & passenger arrivals.
  2. Includes index.
     
The Famine immigrants : lists of Irish immigrants arriving at the port of New York, 1846-1851
Ira A. Glazier, editor ; Michael Tepper, associate editor.
Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1983-
  1. Includes bibliographical references and index.
  2. v. 1. January 1846-June 1847 -- v. 2. July 1847-June 1848.
     
Dutch immigrants in U.S. ship passenger manifests, 1820-1880 : an alphabetical listing by household heads and independent persons
compiled by Robert P. Swierenga.
Wilmington, Del. : Scholarly Resources, 1983.
     
Passenger arrivals at the port of Baltimore, 1820-1834; from customs passenger lists
general editor, Michael H. Tepper; transcribed by Elizabeth P. Bentley.
Baltimore : Genealogical Publishing Co., 1982.
     
New World immigrants : a consolidation of ship passenger lists and associated data from periodical literature
edited by Michael Tepper.
Baltimore : Genealogical Publishing Co., 1979.
  1. Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
  2. Edited by Michael Tepper. Tepper, Michael.
     
Immigrants to the middle colonies : a consolidation of ship passenger lists and associated data from the New York genealogical and biographical record
edited by Michael Tepper.
Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1978.
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
     
Passengers to America : a consolidation of ship passenger lists from the New England Historical and Genealogical Register
edited by Michael Tepper.
Baltimore : Genealogical Publishing Co., 1977.
Excerpted from selected vols., 1847-1961, reprinted with new introd. and indexes.
     
Emigrants to Pennsylvania, 1641-1819 : a consolidation of ship passenger lists from the Pennsylvania magazine of history and biography
edited by Michael Tepper.
Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. co., 1975.
Includes indexes.
     
Libera Martina Spinazzes Index to the Argonauts of California [by] Charles Warren Haskins
with a pref. by J. Carlyle Parker.
New Orleans : Polyanthos, 1975.
     
San Francisco ship passenger lists, by Louis J. Rasmussen.
 
Colma, Calif., San Francisco Historic Record & Genealogy Bulletin [1965-1970]
"Names of passengers arriving by vessels in the port of San Francisco during the period of 1850 to 1875."
     
New York, New York, passenger and crew lists, 1897-1920
 
[Washington, D.C. : National Archives and Record Service, General Services Administration, 1958-]
  1. Title and series from container.
  2. Microfilm. Bountiful, Utah : American Genealogical Lending Library, [1997-] microfilm reels ; 35 mm.
  3. Microfilm of passenger lists transferred to the National Archives from the Bureau of Customs, Immigration and Naturalization Service, and the Dept. of State.
     
[Index to passenger lists of vessels arriving at New York, New York, July 1, 1902-Dec. 31, 1943]
 
[Washington, D.C. : National Archives and Records Service, 194-?]
  1. Title supplied by cataloger.
  2. Series numbering from container.
  3. No reel #702 exists.
  4. Microfilm. Bountiful, Utah : American Genealogical Lending Library, [1998?] 743 microfilm reels ; 16 mm.
     
[Index to passenger lists of vessels arriving at New York, New York, June 16, 1897 - June 30, 1902]
 
[Washington, D.C. : National Archives and Records Service, 194-?]
  1. Title, series, and publication information from National Archives publications.
  2. Microfilm. Bountiful, Utah : American Genealogical Lending Library, [1997?] 115 microfilm reels.
  3. "Port of: New York ... arrival index cards arranged in alphabetical order"--Reel 1.
  4. Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, RG 85.
     
Passenger and crew lists of vessels arriving at New York, New York, 1897-1957
 
[Washington, D.C. : National Archives and Records Service, 19--]
Listed in "Microfilm resources for research" (1986) as: T715; Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Record Group 85.
     
A Supplemental index to passenger lists of vessels arriving at Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports (excluding New York), 1820-74
 
Washington, D.C. : National Archives and Records Service
  1. Microfilm. Washington, D.C. National Archives. 188 reels.
  2. "The records reproduced on this microcopy ... are in Record Group 36, Records of the Bureau of Customs, in the National Archives."
     
Passenger lists of vessels arriving at New York, 1820-1897.
 
Washington, D.C. : National Archives and Records Service.
  1. Microfilm. Washington, D.C. : National Archives. 675 reels ; 35 mm.
  2. "The records reproduced on this microcopy are part of a body of records in the National Archives designated as Record Group 36, Records of the Bureau of Customs."