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Access the records: South Carolina, Georgetown, Passenger Lists, 1904-1942 .
The collection consists of passenger lists of vessels arriving at the following South Carolina ports:
- Boca Grande
- Fort Pierce
- Hobe Sound
- Lake Worth
- Port Inglis
This collection covers the years 1904 to 1942 and corresponds to NARA Publication M1842.
The Records may contain any of the following:
- Port and date of departure
- Port and date of entry
- Name of ship
- Country of citizenship
- Name of passenger, including maiden name of women
- Names of persons accompanying passenger
- Age, gender, marital status and occupation of passenger
- Date and place of birth of passenger
- Address of last permanent residence
- Name and address of friend or relative at last address
- Final destination
- Name and address of friend or relative in U.S.
- Physical description and distinguishing marks
- Who paid for passage
- Purpose of visit
How to Use the Record
To begin your search, it is helpful to know
- The full name of your ancestor
- 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
⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the "Port of Arrival"
⇒ Select the "Year of Arrival" which takes you to the images.
Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. 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.
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
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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- “South Carolina, Georgetown, Passenger Lists, 1904-1942.” Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA M1842. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.