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== Record Description ==
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
 
These collections include the following:  
 
These collections include the following:  
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*Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1883-1945 (NARA T840)
 
*Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1883-1945 (NARA T840)
  
The passenger lists are digital copies of the original records. The earliest records are handwritten pages. Later records are usually handwritten on pre-printed pages. The records are arranged by the date of entry into port.  
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The passenger lists are digital copies of the original records. The earliest records are handwritten pages. Later records are usually handwritten on pre-printed pages. The records are arranged by the date of entry into port. Passenger arrivals records do not exist from July 1, 1948 to November 30, 1954. Passenger arrival lists known as customs manifests date back to 1820. Congressional action in 1891 resulted in federal immigration officials recording the immigrants’ arrival. Arrival lists was used by legal authorities to gather personal information about immigrants prior to the person being allowed to live in the United States. 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.
  
 
A [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1921483 Soundex Index] is available for the years 1883 to 1945.  
 
A [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1921483 Soundex Index] is available for the years 1883 to 1945.  
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The soundex index is a phonetic index that groups together names that sound alike but are spelled differently, for example, Stewart and Stuart. The index cards are filed according to the soundex number associated with each family name and then by given names. For more information on soundex indexes and help with coding names and using the index, see the wiki article: [[Soundex|Soundex]]  
 
The soundex index is a phonetic index that groups together names that sound alike but are spelled differently, for example, Stewart and Stuart. The index cards are filed according to the soundex number associated with each family name and then by given names. For more information on soundex indexes and help with coding names and using the index, see the wiki article: [[Soundex|Soundex]]  
  
For a list of records by dates currently published in the Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1800-1882 collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1908535/waypoints Browse].
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===To Browse this Collection===
  
For a list of records by dates currently published in the Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1883-1945 collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1921481/waypoints Browse].
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
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{{Collection citation | text= "Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1800-1882."  Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA microfilm publication M425. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.}}  
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{{Collection citation | text= "Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1883-1945." Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA microfilm publication T840. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.}}
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== What Can these Records Tell Me? ==
 
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'''Lists for the years 1798 to 1882''' generally include:  
== Record Content  ==
 
 
 
<gallery perrow="3" heights="120px" widths="160px" caption="Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists">
 
Image:Pennsylvania Philadelphia Passenger Lists (10-0778) (10-780) (10-0781) DGS missing NARA Roll 91 93.jpg|Passenger Manifest
 
Image:Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists (10-0780) (12-0720) Passenger List DGS 4855746_9.jpg|Passenger List
 
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Lists for the years 1798 to 1882 generally include the following information:  
 
  
 
*Name of immigrant/passenger  
 
*Name of immigrant/passenger  
Line 50: Line 90:
 
*Date of arrival  
 
*Date of arrival  
 
*Name of ship
 
*Name of ship
 
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Lists and soundex index cards for the years 1882 to 1948 generally include the following information:  
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'''Lists and soundex index cards for the years 1882 to 1948''' generally include:  
  
 
*Name  
 
*Name  
Line 64: Line 104:
 
*Port and date of entry  
 
*Port and date of entry  
 
*Name of ship
 
*Name of ship
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'''The index cards''' also list the volume, page, and line number in the passenger lists.
  
The index cards also list the volume, page, and line number in the passenger lists.
 
  
== How to Use the Record ==
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== Collection Content ==
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=== Sample Images ===
  
To begin your search it is helpful to know
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<gallery perrow="3" heights="120px" widths="160px" caption="Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists">
*The full name of your ancestor
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Image:Pennsylvania Philadelphia Passenger Lists (10-0778) (10-780) (10-0781) DGS missing NARA Roll 91 93.jpg|Passenger Manifest
*The approximate date of immigration
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Image:Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists (10-0780) (12-0720) Passenger List DGS 4855746_9.jpg|Passenger List
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</gallery>
  
If you do not know this information, check the census records after 1900.
 
  
==== Search the Collection  ====
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
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You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search it is helpful to know:
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*The name of your ancestor
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*At least one other piece of information
  
To search the collection by name 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.
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===Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1800-1882===
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=== Search the Index ===
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Search by name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1908535 Collection Page].  
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#Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
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#Click '''Search''' to show possible matches
  
If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection image by image: <br> ⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page <br> ⇒Select the "NARA Roll Number and Description" category which takes you to the images.
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=== View the Images ===
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View images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1908535/waypoints Browse Page].
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# Select '''NARA Roll Number and Description'''
  
Look at the images one by one. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.
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===Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1883-1945===
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=== Search the Index ===
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Search by name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1921481 Collection Page].
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#Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
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#Click '''Search''' to show possible matches
  
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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=== View the Images ===
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View images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1921481/waypoints Browse Page].
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# Select '''NARA Roll Number and Description'''
  
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.  
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Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.
*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 [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].
 
  
==== Using the Information  ====
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For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
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:
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1921481 Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1883-1945]. Click on camera icon to see images.}}
  
*Use passenger lists to learn an immigrant’s place of origin; confirm their date of arrival; determine their foreign and “Americanized” names; and find records in his or her country of origin such as emigrations, port records, or ship’s manifests
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1908535 Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1800-1882]. Click on camera icon to see images.}}
  
==== Tips to Keep in Mind ====
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==What Do I Do Next?==
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Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.  
  
*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.
 
*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.
 
  
==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor? ====
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
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*Use the information to find other records such as emigrations, port records, ship’s manifests, birth, christening, census, and land records.
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*Learn foreign and “Americanized” names
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*Use the information to find additional family members.
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
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*[[Pennsylvania Church Records|Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
  
*Check for variant spellings. Realize that the indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings and misinterpretations.
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=== I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now? === 
*Try a different index if there is one for the years needed. You may also need to search the passenger lists year by year.  
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*Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc.  Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
*Search the indexes of other port cities.
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*Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search
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*Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. 
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.shtml nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well.
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*Search the indexes and records of [[Pennsylvania, United States Genealogy]].
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*Search in the [[Pennsylvania Archives and Libraries]].
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*Search in the [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=188272&query=%2Bplace%3A%22United%20States%2C%20Pennsylvania%2C%20Philadelphia%22%20%2Bkeywords%3Aimmigration FamilySearch Library Catalog]
  
==== General Information About These Records ====
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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
  
Passenger arrival lists known as customs manifests date back to 1820. Congressional action in 1891 resulted in federal immigration officials recording the immigrants’ arrival. Arrival lists was used by legal authorities to gather personal information about immigrants prior to the person being allowed to live in the United States.  
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
  
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.
 
  
== Known Issues with This Collection ==
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== Citing this Collection ==
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
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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. &nbsp;
  
== Related Websites  ==
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'''Collection citation for Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1800-1882''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1800-1882." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing NARA microfilm publication M425. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.}}
  
[http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/1pa/ship.htm Passenger Ship Records of Pennsylvania]
 
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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'''Record citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link
 
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*[[Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]]
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*[[Pennsylvania Emigration and Immigration|Pennsylvania Emigration and Immigration]]
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*[[Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]]
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'''Image citation''':<br> {{Image Citation Link
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== Contributions to This Article ==
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'''Collection citation for Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1883-1945''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1883-1945." Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing NARA microfilm publication T840. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.}}
  
{{Contributor invite}}
 
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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'''Record citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link
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|CID=CID1921481
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|title=Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1883-1945
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'''Image citation''':<br> {{Image Citation Link
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|title=Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1883-1945
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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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[[Pennsylvania,_Philadelphia_Passenger_Lists_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)#top|Top of Page]]
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]]
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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{{Contributor invite}}
  
"Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1883-1945." &nbsp;images &nbsp;''FamilySearch'' (htttps://.familysearch.org: accessed 13&nbsp;March 2012). &nbsp;Emil Eckhardt, age 50; v. 39-41, 1 March 1901&gt;image 900 or 938,; National Archives, Washington D.C., United States.
 
  
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Passenger Lists
Record Group RG 85: Records of the Immigration Naturalization Service
Collection years 1800-1945
Microfilm Publication M425. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Philadelphia,1800-1882. 108 rolls.
  T840. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Philadelphia,1883-1945. 181 rolls.
National Archives Identifier 4492386 414
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Archive
National Archives and Records Administration


What is in the Collection?

These collections include the following:

  • Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1800-1882 (NARA M425)
  • Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1883-1945 (NARA T840)

The passenger lists are digital copies of the original records. The earliest records are handwritten pages. Later records are usually handwritten on pre-printed pages. The records are arranged by the date of entry into port. Passenger arrivals records do not exist from July 1, 1948 to November 30, 1954. Passenger arrival lists known as customs manifests date back to 1820. Congressional action in 1891 resulted in federal immigration officials recording the immigrants’ arrival. Arrival lists was used by legal authorities to gather personal information about immigrants prior to the person being allowed to live in the United States. 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.

A Soundex Index is available for the years 1883 to 1945.

The soundex index is a phonetic index that groups together names that sound alike but are spelled differently, for example, Stewart and Stuart. The index cards are filed according to the soundex number associated with each family name and then by given names. For more information on soundex indexes and help with coding names and using the index, see the wiki article: Soundex

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1800-1882.
OR
You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1883-1945.

What Can these Records Tell Me?

Lists for the years 1798 to 1882 generally include:

  • Name of immigrant/passenger
  • Place of birth
  • Age and gender
  • Occupation
  • Name of country to which passenger belongs
  • Port of departure
  • Date of arrival
  • Name of ship

Lists and soundex index cards for the years 1882 to 1948 generally include:

  • Name
  • Birth place
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Occupation
  • Nationality
  • Last permanent residence
  • Destination
  • Name and address of relative or friend
  • Port and date of entry
  • Name of ship

The index cards also list the volume, page, and line number in the passenger lists.


Collection Content

Sample Images


How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • At least one other piece of information

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1800-1882

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.

  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.

  1. Select NARA Roll Number and Description

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1883-1945

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.

  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.

  1. Select NARA Roll Number and Description

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.


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

What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.


I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the information to find other records such as emigrations, port records, ship’s manifests, birth, christening, census, and land records.
  • Learn foreign and “Americanized” names
  • Use the information to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

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

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Pennsylvania, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Pennsylvania Archives and Libraries.
  • Search in the FamilySearch Library Catalog

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.


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 for Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1800-1882:

"Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1800-1882." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing NARA microfilm publication M425. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.


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 Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1800-1882.

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 Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1800-1882.

Collection citation for Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1883-1945:

"Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1883-1945." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing NARA microfilm publication T840. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.


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 Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1883-1945.

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 Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1883-1945.


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