Passenger and immigration lists index 1500s 1900s
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US Immigration Passenger Arrival Records
They arrived at the Port of Philadelphia before the American Revolution. Go to:. Edited by P. William Filby. P36 and CS Name; Age n.
The ship's manifests were normally deposited at the port of arrival and were originally kept at these colonial ports. Those that remain are scattered into libraries, historical societies, museums and private hands. These original records are rarely indexed. The United States Congress had first required the deposit of lists of passengers of vessels arriving at U. From this act of Congress, apparently only a few fragmentary lists of aliens disembarking at Salem and Beverly, Massachusetts, now survive.
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Searchable indexes; database results and some digitized images available with fee-based subscription. Federal Census of Merchant Seamen. Census images and every name-searchable index available by subscription. For the first time in , the U. Census Bureau enumerated merchant seamen serving on US-flaged merchant vessels on a special Merchant Seamen schedule. Seamen who were to be enumerated on this special schedule were all persons aboard ship, except officers who had regular or fixed places of abode ashore.
Immigration records, more popularly known as "ship passenger arrival records," may provide evidence of a person's arrival in the United States, as well as foreign birthplace. Until January 1, , the U. Federal Government did not require require captains or masters of vessels to present a passenger list to U. Thus, as a general rule, NARA does not have passenger lists of vessels arriving before January 1, There are, however, two exceptions to this general rule:. Note, however, that M undoubtedly does not include everyone arriving at Philadelphia during To locate other passenger lists from , consult these books among many others , which are found in libraries with genealogical collections :.
Passenger arrival records can help you determine when an ancestor arrived and the ports of departure and arrival. They can also be used to identify family and community members who arrived together as well as the country they came from. If your ancestor arrived after , he may be listed in one or more of the following. These lists are in chronological order by the date of arrival, and the lists for one year may be on as many as twenty microfilms. More than 75 percent of the colonists who settled south of New England financed their voyages to the New World as indentured servants, convict servants, and redemptioners. The Indentured Servants Database project aims to identify all immigrants described by these terms in American and European sources from through