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== Record Description  ==
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The collection is images of Boston Passenger Lists for 1820 through 1891. There is a nine-year gap between March 31, 1874 and April, 1883. Corresponds to NARA publication M277: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1820-1891.
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
The lists consist of large sheets of paper divided into columns and rows. Earlier lists are handwritten, while most after 1917 are typewritten. Lists after 1906 usually occupy two pages.  
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Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston,1820-1891 corresponds to NARA microfilm  publication M277 part of Record Group 36 Records of the U.S. Customs Service. The passenger lists are arranged by the arrival date of the ship and cover arrivals from September 2, 1820  to March 31, 1874 and January 1, 1883 to July 29,1891. Missing years include 1855 to 1856 and
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April 1, 1875-Dec 31, 1882.
  
Passenger arrival lists known as customs manifests date back to 1820. In 1883, the federal government mandated the creation of ship manifests and in 1891, Congressional action resulted in federal immigration officials recording the immigrants’ arrival.&nbsp;
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For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1860873/waypoints Browse].  
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Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston,Massachusetts,1848-1891, corresponds to NARA publication M265 part of Record Group 36 Records of the U.S. Customs Service. The index was created by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s from  passenger kept by  Massachusetts at located at the state archives.  
  
The passenger arrival list was used by legal inspectors to question each immigrant during a legal inspection prior to the person being allowed to live in America. Only two percent of the prospective immigrants were denied entry.&nbsp;
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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.&nbsp;
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== Collection Contents ==
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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Image:Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1891 DGS 4704851 39.jpg|Massachusetts, Boston Passenger List: M277
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The content of the passenger lists varies by time period. You may find any of the following information:
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
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*Name of passenger
 
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{{Collection citation | text=<!--bibdescbegin-->United States Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Customs. Massachusetts, Boston passenger lists. United States National Archives, Washington D.C.<!--bibdescend-->}}
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[[Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1891 (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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== Record Content  ==
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The content of the records varies by time period. You may find any of the following information:
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[[Image:Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1891 DGS 4704851 39.jpg|thumb|right|Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1891 DGS 4704851 39.jpg]]
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*Name of immigrant
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*Age  
 
*Age  
*Gender
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*Gender  
*Occupation
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*Occupation  
 
*Birthplace or last residence  
 
*Birthplace or last residence  
 
*Intended final destination  
 
*Intended final destination  
 
*Date of arrival  
 
*Date of arrival  
*Port of departure
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*Port of departure  
*Port of entry
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*Port of entry  
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Image:Massachusetts,Index_to_Boston_Passenger_Lists_(13-1179)_Sample_Index_Card_DGS_7620328_30.jpg|Index Card: M265
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*Name of Passenger
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*Age
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*Gender
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*Date and port of arrival
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*Name of Ship
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*Occupation
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*Country of citizenship
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*Previous residence
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*Destination
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
  
To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒ Select the Roll No. - Description which takes you to the images.
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To begin your search it is helpful to know:  
 
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Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
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<br>To begin your search it is helpful to know:  
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*The full name of your ancestor  
 
*The full name of your ancestor  
*The date of immigration
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*Some other identifying information such as the birth place or birth date
  
 
If you do not know this information, check the census records after 1900.  
 
If you do not know this information, check the census records after 1900.  
  
==== Search the Collection  ====
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'''To search the collection by name:'''<br>Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.
  
From the roll number description, select the set of dates that are appropriate for your ancestor. Search the images for those years until you find your ancestors. Compare the information about those people in the list to what you already know about your 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.  
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'''To browse by image:'''<br>To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links: <br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Roll No. - Description" which takes you to the images.  
  
==== Using the Information  ====
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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:
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
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*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.
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
  
 
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Make a photocopy 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.  
 
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Make a photocopy 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.  
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*Use the intended destination to search for church, census, and land records.
 
*Use the intended destination to search for church, census, and land records.
  
==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
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=== Tips to Keep in Mind  ===
  
 
*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.  
 
*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.  
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*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.
 
*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.
  
If you do not find the name you are looking for, try the following:
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== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, Now What? ==
  
*Check for variant spellings.  
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.  
 
*Look for an index. Records are often indexed by local historical and genealogical societies. There may also be another collection which is an index to the records.  
 
*Look for an index. Records are often indexed by local historical and genealogical societies. There may also be another collection which is an index to the records.  
*Search the indexes of other port cities.
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*Search the indexes of other port cities.
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*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.
  
 
Please note that when you select an image to view, sometimes the manifest includes more than one page, and when you use the "click to enlarge manifest" link, the image that appears is not always the first page of the record. You may need to click on the "previous" or "next" links to view the remaining pages of the full manifest.  
 
Please note that when you select an image to view, sometimes the manifest includes more than one page, and when you use the "click to enlarge manifest" link, the image that appears is not always the first page of the record. You may need to click on the "previous" or "next" links to view the remaining pages of the full manifest.  
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|Massachusetts, Suffolk|keywords|disp}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article [[Massachusetts Archives and Libraries]]. For additional information about this county see the wiki article [[Suffolk County, Massachusetts]].}}
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== Additional Information About These Records ==
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The lists consist of large sheets of paper divided into columns and rows. Earlier lists are handwritten, while most after 1917 are typewritten. Lists after 1906 usually occupy two pages.
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Passenger arrival lists known as customs manifests date back to 1820. In 1883, the federal government mandated the creation of ship manifests and in 1891, Congressional action resulted in federal immigration officials recording the immigrants’ arrival.
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The passenger arrival list was used by legal inspectors to question each immigrant during a legal inspection prior to the person being allowed to live in America. Only two percent of the prospective immigrants were denied entry.
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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.
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
  
*[http://arcweb.archives.gov/arc/action/ExternalIdSearch?id=4319742&jScript=true National Archives Catalog Description]  
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*[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcsrch/PassengerManifestSearchContents.html Massachusetts State Archives Passenger Manifest Index, 1848-1891]
 
*[http://www.germanroots.com/bostonlists1820.html Boston Passenger Lists 1820-1891]  
 
*[http://www.germanroots.com/bostonlists1820.html Boston Passenger Lists 1820-1891]  
*[http://www.theshipslist.com/Research/OddBoston.htm Boston Research Notes]
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*[http://www.theshipslist.com/Research/OddBoston.htm Boston Research Notes]
*[http://www.archives.gov/southeast/finding-aids/microfilm/immigration.html Immigration and Naturalization Records]
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
*[[Boston, Massachusetts|Boston, Masssachusetts]]  
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*[[Boston Massachusetts genealogy|Boston, Masssachusetts]]  
 
*[[Massachusetts Emigration and Immigration]]  
 
*[[Massachusetts Emigration and Immigration]]  
 
*[[United States Emigration and Immigration]]
 
*[[United States Emigration and Immigration]]
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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== How You Can Contribute ==
  
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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== Citing this Collection ==
  
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.  
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1891." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing NARA microfilm publication M277. Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.}} <br><br>
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link
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'''Image Citation''':<br> {{Image Citation Link
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection ===
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Massachusetts, Index to Boston Passenger Lists, 1848-1891." Database with images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing NARA microfilm publication M265. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1969.}}<br><br>
  
"Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1891," images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accessed 22 May 2012), 011-Apr 1, 1837-Aug 31, 1838 &gt; Image 6 of 881, Francis Edmonds, age 20, citing Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, National Archives and Records Center.
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[[Category:Massachusetts|Emigration and Immigration]]
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What is in the Collection?

Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston,1820-1891 corresponds to NARA microfilm publication M277 part of Record Group 36 Records of the U.S. Customs Service. The passenger lists are arranged by the arrival date of the ship and cover arrivals from September 2, 1820 to March 31, 1874 and January 1, 1883 to July 29,1891. Missing years include 1855 to 1856 and April 1, 1875-Dec 31, 1882.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1891.

Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston,Massachusetts,1848-1891, corresponds to NARA publication M265 part of Record Group 36 Records of the U.S. Customs Service. The index was created by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s from passenger kept by Massachusetts at located at the state archives.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1848-1891.

Collection Contents

The content of the passenger lists varies by time period. You may find any of the following information:

  • Name of passenger
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Occupation
  • Birthplace or last residence
  • Intended final destination
  • Date of arrival
  • Port of departure
  • Port of entry
  • Name of Passenger
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Date and port of arrival
  • Name of Ship
  • Occupation
  • Country of citizenship
  • Previous residence
  • Destination

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The full name of your ancestor
  • Some other identifying information such as the birth place or birth date

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

To search the collection by name:
Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.

To browse by image:
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 "Roll No. - Description" which takes you to the images.

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 video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Make a photocopy 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 listed to calculate a birthdate.
  • Use the names and relationships as a basis for compiling family groups.
  • Use the last residence or port of departure to find records in his or her country of origin such as emigrations, port records, or ship’s manifests.
  • Use the occupation to search for employment and guild records.
  • Use the intended destination to search for church, census, and land records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • 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 had a common name, be sure to look at all the entries for that date before you decide which is correct.
  • 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, Now What?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for an index. Records are often indexed by local historical and genealogical societies. There may also be another collection which is an index to the records.
  • Search the indexes 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 that may be your ancestor.

Please note that when you select an image to view, sometimes the manifest includes more than one page, and when you use the "click to enlarge manifest" link, the image that appears is not always the first page of the record. You may need to click on the "previous" or "next" links to view the remaining pages of the full manifest.

Additional Information About These Records

The lists consist of large sheets of paper divided into columns and rows. Earlier lists are handwritten, while most after 1917 are typewritten. Lists after 1906 usually occupy two pages.

Passenger arrival lists known as customs manifests date back to 1820. In 1883, the federal government mandated the creation of ship manifests and in 1891, Congressional action resulted in federal immigration officials recording the immigrants’ arrival.

The passenger arrival list was used by legal inspectors to question each immigrant during a legal inspection prior to the person being allowed to live in America. Only two percent of the prospective immigrants were denied entry.

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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Citing this Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

"Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1891." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing NARA microfilm publication M277. 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 Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1891.

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 Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1891.

Collection Citation:

"Massachusetts, Index to Boston Passenger Lists, 1848-1891." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing NARA microfilm publication M265. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1969.

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 Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1848-1891.

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 Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1848-1891.