Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1891 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
The collection is images of Boston Passenger Lists for 1820 through 1891. There is a two-year gap from 1855-1856 and a nine-year gap between March 31, 1874 and April, 1883. Corresponds to NARA publication M277: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1820-1891.  
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These collections consist of images of Boston Passenger Lists for 1820 through 1891. There is a two-year gap from 1855-1856 and a nine-year gap between March 31, 1874 and April, 1883.  
  
The lists consist of large sheets of paper divided into columns and rows. Earlier lists are handwritten, while most after 1917 are typewritten. Lists after 1906 usually occupy two pages.  
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Collection "Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1891" corresponds to NARA publication M277: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1820-1891.  
  
Passenger arrival lists known as customs manifests date back to 1820. In 1883, the federal government mandated the creation of ship manifests and in 1891, Congressional action resulted in federal immigration officials recording the immigrants’ arrival.&nbsp;
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Collection "Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1848-1891" corresponds to NARA publication M265: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1820-1891.  
  
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1860873/waypoints Browse].  
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For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in the collection "Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1891," select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1860873/waypoints Browse].  
 
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The passenger arrival list was used by legal inspectors to question each immigrant during a legal inspection prior to the person being allowed to live in America. Only two percent of the prospective immigrants were denied entry.&nbsp;
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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.&nbsp;
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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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.<br>
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{{Collection citation | text= "Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1891." Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA microfilm publication M277. Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.}}
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[[Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1891 (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in the collection "Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1848-1891," select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/2304666/waypoints Browse].
  
 
== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
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== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
To search the collection,<br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select "Roll No. - Description" which takes you to the images.
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To begin your search it is helpful to know:  
 
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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.
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<br>To begin your search it is helpful to know:  
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*The full name of your ancestor  
 
*The full name of your ancestor  
*The date of immigration
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*Some other identifying information such as the birth place or birth date
  
 
If you do not know this information, check the census records after 1900.  
 
If you do not know this information, check the census records after 1900.  
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==== Search the Collection  ====
 
==== Search the Collection  ====
  
To begin your search, it is helpful to know the name and some other identifying information such as the birth place or birth date.  
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Fill in the requested information 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.  
  
Fill in the requested information 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 look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:  
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If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection by image. <br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Roll No. - Description" which takes you to the images.  
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Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. Keep in mind:  
  
 
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
 
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
 
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.  
 
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.  
*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
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*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
  
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips]. <br> From the roll number description, select the set of dates that are appropriate for your ancestor. Search the images for those years until you find your ancestors. Compare the information about those people 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.  
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].  
  
 
==== Using the Information  ====
 
==== Using the Information  ====
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Please note that when you select an image to view, sometimes the manifest includes more than one page, and when you use the "click to enlarge manifest" link, the image that appears is not always the first page of the record. You may need to click on the "previous" or "next" links to view the remaining pages of the full manifest.  
 
Please note that when you select an image to view, sometimes the manifest includes more than one page, and when you use the "click to enlarge manifest" link, the image that appears is not always the first page of the record. You may need to click on the "previous" or "next" links to view the remaining pages of the full manifest.  
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=== Additional Information About These Records  ===
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The lists consist of large sheets of paper divided into columns and rows. Earlier lists are handwritten, while most after 1917 are typewritten. Lists after 1906 usually occupy two pages.
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Passenger arrival lists known as customs manifests date back to 1820. In 1883, the federal government mandated the creation of ship manifests and in 1891, Congressional action resulted in federal immigration officials recording the immigrants’ arrival.
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The passenger arrival list was used by legal inspectors to question each immigrant during a legal inspection prior to the person being allowed to live in America. Only two percent of the prospective immigrants were denied entry.
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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.
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== Related Websites  ==
 
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1860873/waypoints Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1891]
  
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https:Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1891] //familysearch.org/records/collection/1860873/waypoints
  
"Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1891," images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accessed 22 May 2012), 011-Apr 1, 1837-Aug 31, 1838 &gt; Image 6 of 881, Francis Edmonds, age 20, citing Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, National Archives and Records Center.  
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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.
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{{Collection citation | text= "Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1891." Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA microfilm publication M277. Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.}}
  
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{{Collection citation | text= "Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1848-1891." Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA microfilm publication M265. Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.}}

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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Record Description

These collections consist of images of Boston Passenger Lists for 1820 through 1891. There is a two-year gap from 1855-1856 and a nine-year gap between March 31, 1874 and April, 1883.

Collection "Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1891" corresponds to NARA publication M277: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1820-1891.

Collection "Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1848-1891" corresponds to NARA publication M265: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1820-1891.

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in the collection "Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1891," select the Browse.

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in the collection "Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1848-1891," select the Browse.

Record Content

The content of the records varies by time period. You may find any of the following information:

  • Name of immigrant
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Occupation
  • Birthplace or last residence
  • Intended final destination
  • Date of arrival
  • Port of departure
  • Port of entry

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The full name of your ancestor
  • Some other identifying information such as the birth place or birth date

If you do not know this information, check the census records after 1900.

Search the Collection

Fill in the requested information 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.

If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection by image.
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "Roll No. - Description" which takes you to the images.

Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

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. Make a photocopy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.

The following examples show ways you can use the information:

  • Use the age listed to calculate a birthdate.
  • Use the names and relationships as a basis for compiling family groups.
  • Use the last residence or port of departure to find records in his or her country of origin such as emigrations, port records, or ship’s manifests.
  • Use the occupation to search for employment and guild records.
  • Use the intended destination to search for church, census, and land records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • 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 had a common name, be sure to look at all the entries for that date before you decide which is correct.
  • 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.

If you do not find the name you are looking for, try the following:

  • Check for variant spellings.
  • Look for an index. Records are often indexed by local historical and genealogical societies. There may also be another collection which is an index to the records.
  • Search the indexes of other port cities.

Please note that when you select an image to view, sometimes the manifest includes more than one page, and when you use the "click to enlarge manifest" link, the image that appears is not always the first page of the record. You may need to click on the "previous" or "next" links to view the remaining pages of the full manifest.

Additional Information About These Records

The lists consist of large sheets of paper divided into columns and rows. Earlier lists are handwritten, while most after 1917 are typewritten. Lists after 1906 usually occupy two pages.

Passenger arrival lists known as customs manifests date back to 1820. In 1883, the federal government mandated the creation of ship manifests and in 1891, Congressional action resulted in federal immigration officials recording the immigrants’ arrival.

The passenger arrival list was used by legal inspectors to question each immigrant during a legal inspection prior to the person being allowed to live in America. Only two percent of the prospective immigrants were denied entry.

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.

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1891

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

Citation for This Collection

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1891 //familysearch.org/records/collection/1860873/waypoints

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.

"Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1891." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA microfilm publication M277. Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
"Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1848-1891." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA microfilm publication M265. Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.