United States, New England, Passenger and Crew Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Passenger and Crew Lists
Record Group RG 85: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
Collection years 1911-1954
Microfilm Publication A3468. Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Providence, Davisville, Melville,Newport,Quonset Point,and Tiverton, Rhode Island; Fall Ri9ver,Massachusetts; and New London, Connetcicut, Aug 1918-Nov 1954. 28 rolls.
Arrangement Chronological in five parts
National Archives Identifier 4051444
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What Is In the Collection?

This collection contains passenger and crew lists from vessels arriving at various ports in New England from 1911-1954. It corresponds with NARA Publication A3468: Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Providence, Davisville, Melville, Newport, Quonset Point, and Tiverton, Rhode Island; Fall River, Massachusetts; and New London, Connecticut, Aug. 1911-Nov. 1954.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, New England, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1911-1954.

Collection Content

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What Can This Collection Tell Me?

The lists may include any of the following information:

  • Name of ship
  • Port and date of arrival
  • Port and date of embarkation
  • Name
  • Position in ship's company
  • When and where joined the crew
  • Able to read and write
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Nationality
  • Height, weight, and physical impairments

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate age of your ancestor.
  • The place where your ancestor lived.
  • The names of family members and their relationships.

If you do not know this information, check the census records after 1900.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
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.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the “Browse" link on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the “NARA Roll Number - Contents” category 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?

When you have located your ancestor on a passenger or crew 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?

You can use passenger lists to:

  • Request federal immigration record
  • 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.

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.

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

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • 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 that may be your ancestor.

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

"United States, New England, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1911-1954." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing NARA microfilm publication A3468. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

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 United States, New England, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1911-1954.


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 United States, New England, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1911-1954.


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