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Collection Time Period
This index covers the years 1820 to 1874.
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.
States covered by this collection include:
- District of Columbia
- North Carolina
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
Key genealogical facts found in most immigration passenger lists include:
- Passenger name and surname
- Country of origin
- Names of children (if a family traveled together)
- Name of ship
- Port of embarkation
- Port of destination
- Date of departure
- Date of arrival
How to Use the Record
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.
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.
Why the Record Was Created
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.
Although generally reliable, passenger lists were handwritten, causing possible spelling errors.
Related Wiki Articles
- US Immigration Passenger Arrival Records
- Connecticut Emigration and Immigration
- Rhode Island Emigration and Immigration
- Virginia Emigration and Immigration
- Delaware Emigration and Immigration
- Maine Emmigration and Immigration
- Florida Emigraton and Immigration
- Alabama Emigration and immigration
- Mississippi Emigration and Immigration
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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 Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.
Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection
United States, Index to Passenger Arrivals, Atlantic and Gulf Ports, 1820-1874" images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 30 September 2011). entry for Jane Ewing arrived June 27, 1953; citing Passenger Lists, Ev-Fam, image 1814; Federal Archives and Records Center, Washington, D.C., United States.
Sources of information for This Collection
United States. Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Atlantic and Gulf Coast Ports, 1820-1874. Federal Archives and Records Center, Washington, D.C.
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