Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s
About the Data
Every American with immigrant ancestors needs the "Passenger and Immigration List Index: 2003 edition, 1500s-1900s" especially for those seeking ancestors prior to the 1820s. This important work is the best, if not the only, place to go for tracing relatives to early colonial America and beyond. Updated for 2003, this data set contains listings of approximately 4,215,000 individuals who arrived in United States and Canadian ports from the 1500s through the 1900s.
Updated annually, the "Passenger and Immigration Lists Index" was compiled by P. William Filby and published by Gale Research. This resource includes individuals included in the "Index" and all supplements through the year 2003.
While researching passenger lists can often be tedious and difficult, this data set makes finding information on your immigrant ancestors easier than ever. Each entry has been indexed by name and is searchable by keyword. The "Genealogical Journal" hailed the printed version of the "Passenger and Immigration List Index" as "one of the greatest contributions to the genealogical literature in the last decade."
Prior to 1820, most ships coming to America did not keep documentation of who was on board. Immigration was more of a trickle than a flood. Many individuals traveled to their destination on uncomfortable, rat-infested cargo ships-usually only five, ten, maybe thirty passengers suffered through the trip together. Because of this, pinpointing documentation of your ancestors' journey to pre-1820 America can be almost impossible. Simply put, very little information exists today that could help.
That's why the Passenger and Immigration List Index proves such an invaluable resource for family history enthusiasts. Thousands of different records have been used to compile this index, everything from original passenger lists to personal diaries. The result is the only compilation of passenger lists this comprehensive-and the search goes on. The publishers provide yearly supplements as their research uncovers new immigration data. The supplement for 2003 added approximately 128,000 new names!
For each individual listed, you may find the following information:
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More About this Data Set
Generally, you'll find the following information about an individual included in this data set:
Name In this field you will find the individual's given name and surname. You should note that names of immigrants were often recorded as they were heard and that many immigrants could not spell their own names. Thus, spelling variations of names occur and members of the same family arriving at different times or places may be found under a different spelling. If you are unable to locate a particular given name and surname, try switching the given name to an initial, abbreviation, or possible misspelling. If the surname is not common, you may wish to search only on the surname.
Place This field provides the location of the port through which the individual immigrated.
Year This field lists an immigrant's year of arrival or the first time that person appeared in public record.
field indicates the immigrant's age in the source record.
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