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Access the records: Louisiana, New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1820-1945 .
This Collection will include records from 1820 to 1945.
The passenger lists are digital copies of the original records. The earliest records are handwritten pages. Later records are usually handwritten on pre-printed pages. The records are arranged by the date of entry into port.
This collection consists of lists of arrivals in New Orleans, Louisiana. It corresponds to two NARA publications:
- M259: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Orleans, Louisiana, 1820-1902
- T905: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Orleans, Louisiana, 1903-1945
Passenger arrival lists known as customs manifests date back to 1820. Congressional action in 1891 resulted in federal immigration officials recording the immigrants’ arrival.
For a list of records by dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse.
Arrival lists was used by legal authorities to gather personal information about immigrants prior to the person being allowed to live in the United States.
The information was supplied by the immigrant or a traveling companion (usually a family member). Incorrect information was occasionally given, or mistakes may have been made when the clerk guessed at the spelling of foreign names.
Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
- United States Immigration and Naturalization Service. Louisiana, New Orleans Passenger Lists. National Archives, Washington D.C.
Passenger lists prior to 1906 generally include the following information:
- Date of arrival
- Port of embarkation
- Name of ship
Passenger lists after 1906 generally include the following information:
- Birth place
- Last permanent residence
- Name and address of relative or friend
- Port and date of entry
- Name of ship
How to Use the Record
To begin your search it is helpful to know the full name of your ancestor and the approximate date of immigration. If you do not know this information, check the census records after 1900.
Search the Collection
To search the collection by name, fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
An index is not available for the entire collection so if you do not find your ancestor you will need to search the collection using the browse function. Follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "Date Range" category
⇒ Select the "Roll Number - Date Range" category which takes you to the images.
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.
Using the Information
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example, you can use passenger lists to:
- Learn an immigrant’s place of origin
- Confirm their date of arrival
- Learn foreign and “Americanized” names
- Find records in his or her country of origin such as emigrations, port records, or ship’s manifests
Tips to Keep in Mind
- If your ancestor had a common name, be sure to look at all the entries for a name before you decide which is correct.
- Continue to search the passenger lists to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who may have immigrated at the same time.
- If your ancestor has an uncommon surname, you may want to obtain the passenger list of every person who shares your ancestor’s surname if they lived in the same county or nearby. You may not know how or if they are related, but the information could lead you to more information about your own ancestors.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
- Check for variant spellings of the name.
- Look for an index. Records are often indexed by local historical and genealogical societies.
- Search the passenger lists year by year.
- Search the indexes of other port cities.
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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
"Louisiana, New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1820-1945," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 21 March 2012), Louisana, New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1820-1945 > 1903-1945 (NARA T905) > 030 1 May 1910 – 30 June 1910 > Image 15 of 707; Matilde Hirsch; citing National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C. United States.
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