North Carolina, Wilmington and Morehead City Passenger and Crew Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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This collection contains passenger and crew lists for vessels arriving at Wilmington and Moorhead City, North Carolina from 1908-1958. It corresponds with NARA publication A3481: Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Wilmington and Morehead City, North Carolina, 1908-1958.
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- "North Carolina, Wilmington and Morehead City Passenger and Crew Lists, 1908-1958" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA microfilm publication A3481. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
Passenger lists may list any of the following information:
- Port of embarkation and departure date
- Name of ship
- Port of entry and date of arrival
- Full name of passenger
- Age, gender, marital status and occupation
- Whether able to read and write
- Passport Number
- Date and place of birth
- Description of baggage
- Nationality or race
- Last permanent address (city and country)
- Name of relative or friend at last address
- Final destination in U.S.
- Name of relative or friend you will visit in U.S.
- Position in ship's company
- When and where joined the crew
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⇒ Select the “Browse" link on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the “NARA Roll Number - Contents” category which takes you to the images.
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. 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.
To begin your search it is helpful to know the full name of your ancestor and the approximate date of immigration. If you do not know this information, check the census records after 1900.
When you have located your ancestor’s record, 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. For example, 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.
You may also find these tips helpful:
- 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.
If you do not find the name you are looking for, try the following:
- Check for variant spellings of the name.
- Search the indexes of other port cities.
- National Archives Immigration Records
- The Olive Tree Passenger Lists of Ships to South & North Carolina
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“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata > San Ponciano > Matrimonios 1884-1886 > image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clemtina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matrimonios. San Ponciano, La Plata.