Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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- 1 Record Description
- 2 Record Content
- 3 How to Use the Record
- 4 Search the Collection
- 5 Related Websites
- 6 Related Wiki Articles
- 7 Contributions to This Article
- 8 Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections
This collection will include records from 1800-1906. This collection corresponds with NARA publication M360: Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1800-1906.
These records usually contain the following information:
- Family or surname
- Given name
- Accompanied by
- Marital status
- Last permanent address
- Port of entry
- Name of vessel
- Date of entry
How to Use the Record
To begin your search it is helpful to know
- Name of immigrant
- Some other identifying information such as age or date of arrival
If you do not have this information search the United States census records after 1900. The census should list the year of immigration or how many years the immigrant has been in the United States.
Search the Collection
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.
If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection by image.
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "NARA Roll Number - Contents" which takes you to the images.
Look at each image. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.
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.
Using the Information
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy 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 to calculate a birth date.
- Use the name, date, group, and list number to obtain additional immigration information from the National Archives.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may also have immigrated.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct. You may need to compare the information on more than one card or person to make this determination.
- Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
- Search the indexes and records 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 with the same family number.
Related Wiki Articles
Contributions to This Article
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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections
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.
Citation for This Collection
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.
- “Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists Index, 1800-1906.” Images. . FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing National Archives and Records Administration.