London Emigration and Immigration
London was the major port of departure for ships carrying emigrants abroad from the 1500s to modern times. Thousands of indentured servants and convicts boarded ships in London that transported them to the American colonies.
A list of emigrants leaving London in 1636 survives. Other lists dated 1773 to 1776 also survive.
Tens of thousands of records of indentured servants and transported convicts leaving London exist. They have been published by Peter Wilson Coldham and others. A master index is available on Ancestry ($). Examples of Coldham's publications include:
Prerogative Court of Canterbury wills identify many Londoners voyaging abroad.
A list of ship's departing from London for the United States in the mid-1800s has been reconstructed using sources stored in the arrival country:
- The London Compass. Digital versions at Family History Archive: Vol. 2.
- East India Company Ships (1600-1834)