FINDING STEAMSHIP PASSENGER LISTS, IMMIGRATION RECORDS – 1820s – 1940a
By searching Google you will find many indexes of passenger lists (also called immigration records or ship manifests) for ships that sailed to the United States from 1820 to the 1940s, including microfilm, CD-Roms, books and online indexes. Microfilm records listed here are available from the National Archives (NARA) and some of its branches. Most are also available from LDS Family History Centers. Some public libraries (especially genealogy libraries) may also carry these items.
Some of the indexes listed below are linked to digitized images of the passenger lists from the National Archives microfilm, which can be viewed online at Ancestry. If you are only interested in the microfilmed passenger lists for offline research see: National Archives Passenger Lists on Microfilm.
Here are more listings and links courtesy of Joe Beine’s website:
All links are to pages on Joe Beine’s website except where noted — external links will open in a new window.
(for the 5 major ports plus Galveston & many smaller ports)
- New York Passenger Lists 1897-1942 (FHL numbers only) [at the Jewishgen.org website]
- New York Passenger Lists 1897-1957 (NARA numbers only) [at the NARA website]
- Baltimore Passenger Lists 1891-1948 (1921-1948 NARA only)
- Philadelphia Passenger Lists 1883-1945 (1921-1945 NARA only)
- New Orleans Passenger Lists 1903-1945 (Spring 1921-1945 NARA only)
- Galveston, Texas Passenger Lists 1846-1948 (with gaps)
- San Francisco, California Index 1893-1953 (microfilm index goes to 1934; online index to 1953)
- Seattle, Washington Passenger Lists 1890-1957 (1921-1957 NARA only)
- Miscellaneous Atlantic, Gulf Coast & Great Lakes Ports on Microfilm 1820-1873 (with links to indexes, online & off)
- Index for Ports in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina 1890-1924
U.S. Ports of Arrival and their Available Immigration Records includes many smaller ports not listed her.