Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Passenger Lists
Record Group RG 36: Records of the U.S. Customs Service
Collection years 1820-1897
Microfilm Publication M327. Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Baltimore (Federal Passenger Lists) 1820-1897.
National Archives Identifier 17027507 414
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What is in the Collection

The collection consists of a Soundex index to the passenger lists for the years 1820 to 1897. It corresponds with NARA publication M327: Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Baltimore (Federal Passenger Lists), 1820-1897, filmed at the NARA Central Plains Regional Facility. The passengers lists from 1820 -1891 and related records will be located in NARA Microfilm Publications M255, M596 and T844

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists Index, 1820-1897.

Collection Content

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What Can this Collection Tell Me?

These records usually contain the following information:

  • Family or surname
  • Given name
  • Accompanied by
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Marital status
  • Occupation
  • Nationality
  • Last permanent address
  • Destination
  • Port of entry
  • Name of vessel
  • Date of entry

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • Name of immigrant
  • Some other identifying information such as age or date of arrival

If you do not have this information search the United States census records after 1900. The census should list the year of immigration or how many years the immigrant has been in the United States.

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 the appropriate "NARA Roll Number - Contents" which takes you to the images.

Look at each 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.

With either search 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.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy 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 to calculate a birth date.
  • Use the name, date, group, and list number to obtain additional immigration information from the National Archives.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • The names are arranged by Soundex code, not by date of arrival or by a person's surname. Instructions for calculating the code searching for specific individuals are located within the first few pages. Divider cards are used to show [the start of] most code numbers, but not all. The code numbers falling between those photographed divider cards are arranged alphabetically by given name rather than in numerical order.
  • Information on using Soundex indexes is available in the wiki article Soundex
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may also have immigrated.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct. You may need to compare the information on more than one card or person to make this determination.
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Search the indexes and records of other port cities.
  • 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.

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.

Collection Citation:

"Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists Index, 1820-1897". Database with Images. FamilySearch http://Familysearch.org. accessed 2017. Citing National Archives and Records Administration. NARA Central Plains Regional Facility, Kansas City, Missouri.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists Index, 1820-1897.


Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists Index, 1820-1897.


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