Louisiana, New Orleans Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Louisiana, New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1820-1945 .
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|New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
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|Record Type||Passenger Lists|
|Microfilm Publication||M259. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Orleans, 1820-1902. 93 rolls.|
|T905. Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Orleans, LA, 1910-1945. 189 rolls.|
|Arrangement||By date of arrival|
|National Archives Identifier||28249274492741|
|National Archives and Records Administration|
- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 What Can this Collection Tell Me?
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Known Issues with This Collection
- 7 Citing this Collection
- 8 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in the Collection?
This collection consists of lists of arrivals in New Orleans, Louisiana for the years 1820 to 1945. It corresponds to two NARA publications:
- Record Group 36 Records of the United States Customs Service
- M259: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Orleans, Louisiana, 1820-1902 Covering January 1, 1820 to January 31, 1903
- Record Group 85 Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
- T905: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Orleans, Louisiana, 1903-1945 Covering January 8, 1903-December 31, 1945
General Information About These Records
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.
Passenger arrival lists known as customs manifests date back to 1820. Congressional action in 1891 resulted in federal immigration officials recording the immigrants’ arrival.
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.
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What Can this Collection Tell Me?
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 Do I Search the Collection?
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 by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information on 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. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select "Date Range"
⇒Select "Roll Number-Date Range" which takes you to the images Search the collection by image 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 article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.
What Do I Do Next?
When you have located your ancestor on a passenger list, 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.
I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?
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
- 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.
I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?
- 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.
Known Issues with This Collection
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Citing this Collection
Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
- "Louisiana, New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1820-1945." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. 2016. Citing NARA microfilm publication M259. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
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