United States, Index to Passenger Arrivals, Atlantic and Gulf Ports (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
This is a card index to passengers arriving at 70 ports along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. New York City is excluded from this index.  
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This is a card index to passengers arriving at 70 ports along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts for the years 1820 to 1874. New York City is excluded from this index.  
  
 
States covered by this collection include:  
 
States covered by this collection include:  
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*Virginia
 
*Virginia
  
This index covers the years 1820 to 1874.&nbsp;
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Ship captains kept lists of passengers to manage their finances and prevent stowaways. Later, immigration laws increased the need for passenger lists, which grew in detail. Eventually the Federal Government began to store immigrant documentation. These lists were first created to keep track of a captain's shipment and paying passengers. Later, they became a means to document immigration to the United States. Although generally reliable, passenger lists were handwritten, causing possible spelling errors.  
 
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Ship captains kept lists of passengers to manage their finances and prevent stowaways. Later, immigration laws increased the need for passenger lists, which grew in detail. Eventually,&nbsp;the Federal Government began to store&nbsp;immigrant documentation.  
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<br> Passenger lists were first created to keep track of a captain's shipment and paying passengers. Later, they became a means to document immigration to the United States.  
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Although generally reliable, passenger lists were handwritten, causing possible spelling errors.  
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For a list of records by surnames currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1921756/waypoints Browse].  
 
For a list of records by surnames currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1921756/waypoints Browse].  
  
=== Citation for This Collection ===
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== Record Content ==
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.  
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Image:Index to passenger lists of Vessels Arriving at Atlantic and Gulf coast ports 004882056 05185.jpg|Passenger List Index
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Information found in most immigration passenger lists include:
| text =<!--bibdescbegin-->Immigration and Naturalization Services. Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Atlantic and Gulf Coast Ports. Federal Archives and Records Center, Washington, D.C.<!--bibdescend-->}}
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=== Record Content  ===
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*Passenger's name
 
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*Accompanied by
Key genealogical facts found in most immigration passenger lists include:
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*Names of children, if any
 
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*Age in years and months
[[Image:Index to passenger lists of Vessels Arriving at Atlantic and Gulf coast ports 004882056 05185.jpg|thumb|right]]
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*Marital status
 
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*Passenger name and surname
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*Age
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*Occupation  
 
*Occupation  
 
*Country of origin  
 
*Country of origin  
*Names of children (if a family traveled together)
 
 
*Name of ship  
 
*Name of ship  
 
*Port of embarkation  
 
*Port of embarkation  
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== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒ Select the Surname Range 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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If unable to find your immigrant ancestors in the vital records of the state, you may find them in the passenger lists. In order to find ancestors in the passenger lists, you need to know an approximate date and port of arrival. You can narrow the date down with a birth and death date. With these pieces of information, you can search indexes created for the lists that are grouped by nationality or port of arrival.
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*The immigrant's name
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*Identifying information such as arrival date or age
  
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==== Search the Collection  ====
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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 those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.
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If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection image by image. <br>⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒Select the "Surname Range" which takes you to the images
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Look at the images one by one. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.
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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:
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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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.
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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].
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==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
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*Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
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*Search the indexes and records of other ports such as New York or Boston.
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*Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals with the same family number.
  
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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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/1921756/waypoints United States Index to Passenger Arrivals, Atlantic and Gulf Ports, 1820-1874]
  
 
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.  
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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]].&nbsp;  
 
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]].&nbsp;  
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found&nbsp;in This Collection  ===
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
United States, Index to Passenger Arrivals, Atlantic and Gulf Ports, 1820-1874" &nbsp;digital images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accessed 30 September 2011). Jane Ewing &nbsp;June 27, 1953; citing Passenger Lists, Ev-Fam, image 1814; Federal Archives and Records Center, Washington, D.C., United States.  
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.  
  
[[Category:United_States|Immigration]]
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{{Collection citation | text= "United States, Index to Passenger Arrivals, Atlantic and Gulf Ports, 1820-1874." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA microfilm publication M334. 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

This is a card index to passengers arriving at 70 ports along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts for the years 1820 to 1874. New York City is excluded from this index.

States covered by this collection include:

  • Alabama
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Maryland
  • North Carolina
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Virginia

Ship captains kept lists of passengers to manage their finances and prevent stowaways. Later, immigration laws increased the need for passenger lists, which grew in detail. Eventually the Federal Government began to store immigrant documentation. These lists were first created to keep track of a captain's shipment and paying passengers. Later, they became a means to document immigration to the United States. Although generally reliable, passenger lists were handwritten, causing possible spelling errors.

For a list of records by surnames currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Record Content

Information found in most immigration passenger lists include:

  • Passenger's name
  • Accompanied by
  • Names of children, if any
  • Age in years and months
  • Marital status
  • Occupation
  • Country of origin
  • Name of ship
  • Port of embarkation
  • Port of destination
  • Date of departure
  • Date of arrival

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know

  • The immigrant's name
  • Identifying information such as arrival date or age

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 those in the list to what you already know about your own 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 image by image.
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Surname Range" which takes you to the images

Look at the images one by one. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.

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.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of other ports such as New York or Boston.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals with the same family number.

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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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: United States Index to Passenger Arrivals, Atlantic and Gulf Ports, 1820-1874

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

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"United States, Index to Passenger Arrivals, Atlantic and Gulf Ports, 1820-1874." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA microfilm publication M334. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.