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Finding Passenger Lists Before 1820

Arrivals at US Ports from Europe

a bibliography of books, cd-roms & online databases - compiled by Joe Beine



Quick Webpage Directory:

General | Boston & New England | the Carolinas | Georgia | Maryland | New Orleans

New York & New Jersey (includes Palatine Immigrants) | Philadelphia (includes Palatine Immigrants) | Virginia

England | Scotland | Ireland | Scotch-Irish | Germany | Switzerland

for German/Palatine Immigrants see the New York, Philadelphia, Georgia and Germany sections



Books with highlighted titles can sometimes be ordered from the publisher. Click on the title for ordering information. You may also want to try your local library.

Not all of the material listed here will be considered "ship passenger lists." Many early passenger records have not survived and other records documenting an immigrant's arrival are used instead.

GPC=Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, MD



General

Passenger and Immigration Lists Index a Guide to Published Arrival Records of...Passengers Who Came to the United States and Canada in the Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Centuries; edited by P. William Filby; Published by Gale Research Co, Detroit, MI (1981-ongoing)

There are 3 original volumes (published in 1981), plus annual supplements (beginning with 1982); some of the later supplements are in 2 parts. These books index numerous sources (listed at the beginning of each volume) of passenger arrivals, naturalizations and other immigration records. The complete set presently indexes more than 4 million immigrants. They are sometimes referred to as "the big Filby books" or "PILI." They are carried in some libraries. The series is also available as a searchable online database at Ancestry (including the supplements through 2012)...

ONLINE DATABASE: Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s [requires payment]



Ship Passenger Lists - edited and indexed by Carl Boyer [series/4 volumes]; Newhall, California: Boyer, 1977-80; these books index miscellaneous immigration materials.

Vol. 1: National and New England (1600-1825)
Vol. 2: New York and New Jersey (1600-1825)
Vol. 3: The South (1538-1825)
Vol. 4: Pennsylvania and Delaware (1641-1825)


 
CD-ROM: Immigrants to America, 1600s-1800s (CD #352)

Approximately 200,000 total immigrants can be found on this CD-Rom. Click on the title for ordering information. This CD contains the text of the following books...
  • Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Charleston (South Carolina), 1820-1829
  • Scotch-Irish Migration to South Carolina, 1772
  • A Compilation of the Original Lists of Protestant Immigrants to South Carolina, 1763-1773
  • Louisiana Colonials: Soldiers and Vagabonds
  • The Canary Islands Migration to Louisiana, 1778-1783
  • Scottish Quakers and Early America, 1650-1700
  • Scandinavian Immigrants in New York, 1630-1674
  • William Penn and the Dutch Quaker Migration to Pennsylvania
  • Immigration of Irish Quakers into Pennsylvania
  • Quaker Arrivals at Philadelphia
  • Swedish Settlements on the Delaware
  • Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Baltimore, 1820-1834
  • Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia, 1800-1819
  • Nova Scotia Immigrants to 1867, Volumes 1 & 2
  • Settlers of Rensselaerswyck, 1630-1658
  • Passenger Arrivals, 1819-1820
  • Rhode Island Passenger Lists
  • Passengers Who Arrived in the U.S., Sept 1821-Dec 1823


CD-ROM: Immigrants to the New World, 1600s-1800s Contains the following 5 books, which index approximately 58,000 individuals who arrived in New England or the Mid-Atlantic states between 1572 and 1878...
  • New World Immigrants, Volume I
  • New World Immigrants, Volume II
  • Emigrants to Pennsylvania, 1641-1819
  • Immigrants to the Middle Colonies
  • Passengers to America


New World Immigrants a Consolidation of Ship Passenger Lists and Associated Data from Periodical Literature by Michael Tepper (Editor); GPC 1988 (2 Volumes)

More than 27,500 emigrants who arrived from 1618-1878. The passengers are mainly English, Irish, Scottish, German, Swiss, French, Dutch, Norwegian, and Russian-German. Both volumes are also available on the Immigrants to the New World CD-Rom (just above).



Boston & New England

Port Arrivals and Immigrants to the City of Boston, 1715-1716 and 1762-1769 by William H. Whitmore; GPC 1990, reprinted 1996

In this book the name of the ship, date of arrival, and occupation is given for 3,000 passengers. The book is available for searching online from Ancestry: Port Arrivals and Immigrants to the City of Boston, 1715-1716 and 1762-1769 [requires payment].



Passengers to America: A Consolidation of Ship Passengers from the New England Historical and Genealogical Register by Michael Tepper (Editor); GPC 1988

This book contains more than 16,000 passengers who arrived in America from 1620 to 1836 (although most are from the 17th century), beginning with the Mayflower. This book is also available on the Immigrants to the New World CD-Rom (see above).



The Great Migration 1620-1635

ONLINE DATABASE: The Great Migration and The Great Migration Begins, 1620-1635 [requires payment]

Includes information about a single immigrant or an immigrant family who arrived in New England 1620-1635. Searching this database requires a subscription to Ancestry's online genealogy databases. This database is from a series of books: The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Vols. 1-3 by Robert Charles Anderson (editor). Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995; and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Vols. 1-6 by Robert Charles Anderson (editor). Boston: New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1999-2011.



The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635 by Robert Charles Anderson; Boston, MA: Great Migration Study Project, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1999. A continuation of the above index, available as books. Volume 1 covers surnames A-B; Volume 2 covers C-F, Volume 3 covers G-H; 3 more volumes are planned.



CD-Rom: Early New England Settlers 1600s-1800s This CD includes the text of these books...
  • One Hundred and Sixty Allied Families, by John Osborne Austin
  • The English Ancestry and Homes of the Pilgrim Fathers, by Charles E. Banks
  • The Planters of the Commonwealth...in Massachusetts, 1620-1640, by Charles E. Banks
  • The Winthrop Fleet of 1630, by Charles E. Banks
  • Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England, 1620-1650, by Banks
  • Soldiers in King Philip's War 1675-1677, by George M. Bodge
  • Marriage Notices, 1785-1794, by Charles K. Bolton
  • The Real Founders of New England, by Charles K. Bolton
  • Immigrants to New England, 1700-1775, by Ethel S. Bolton
  • Result of Researches...Relative to the Founders of New England, by Samuel G. Drake
  • Genealogical Register of the First Settlers of New-England, by John Farmer
  • Genealogical Notes on the Founding of New England, by Ernest Flagg
  • Family History of Some of the First Settlers of Connecticut and Massachusetts, by N. Goodwin
  • Directory of Ancestral Heads of New England Families, 1620-1700, by Frank R. Holmes
  • Peirce's Colonial List, by Ebenezer Peirce
  • The Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire, 1623-1660, by Charles H. Pope
  • Genealogical Notes of New York and New England Families, by Sebastian V. Talcott
  • The History of New England, by James Savage
  • The Colonial Clergy and the Colonial Churches of New England, by Frederick L. Weis
  • Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers of America, by Henry Whittemore
  • Chronicles of the First Planters...of Massachusetts Bay, by Alexander Young


ONLINE DATABASE: New England Immigrants, 1700-1775 (Ancestry) [requires payment]



CD-ROM: Early Maine and New Hampshire Settlers (has about 330,000 entries)



the Carolinas

ONLINE DATABASE 1774 & 1775: Ship Passenger Lists to the Carolinas: Miscellaneous Ships 1774 & 1775 (requires payment) [click on the link to see which ships are covered]



Georgia

The Germans of Colonial Georgia, 1733-1783 by George F. Jones
An alphabetical listing with details of the 3500 German-speaking inhabitants of colonial Georgia



Maryland

Since very few Colonial era passenger lists exist for Maryland, immigrants are traced through land and other records. For the period after 1680 you might try Filby's Passenger & Immigration Lists Index (see the first listing on this webpage). For the period 1633-1680 you might try the following sources...

BOOK: The Early Settlers of Maryland An Index of Names of Immigrants Compiled from Records of Land Patents, 1633-1680, in the Hall of Records, Annapolis, Maryland by Gust Skordas

This book contains an alphabetical index of over 25,000 settlers, virtually all of the immigrants to Maryland for its first fifty years. Included are names of immigrants, approximate date of emigration, the basis of the claim for land, residence, sometimes the family relationship or status, and a reference to the source of the information. Also see the book's supplement below...

ONLINE INDEX: A Supplement to The Early Settlers of Maryland compiled by Carson Gibb, Ph.D.
This index contains 8,680 entries correcting omissions and errors in the above book. It is searchable online at the Maryland State Archives. Click on the title.



New Orleans

For New Orleans arrivals pre-1820 see this website...

Resources for Finding New Orleans Passenger Lists



New York & New Jersey

Note: Also see the General Listings above.

ONLINE DATABASE: Ship Passenger Lists from Holland to New Netherland: Miscellaneous Ships 1600s [requires payment] Click on the link to see a list of the ships included.



ONLINE DATABASE: Scandinavian Immigrants in New York, 1630-74 [requires payment]



ONLINE DATABASE: Early Germans of New Jersey [requires payment]



Palatine Families of New York (2 Vols.) by Henry Z. Jones
This award winning work documents all 847 Palatine families who came to colonial New York from Germany in 1710. Also included is the German ancestry for over 500 of the 847 families.



More Palatine Families: Some Immigrants to the Middle Colonies 1717 to 1776 by Henry Z. Jones
This book includes data on 316 Palatine families who arrived in New York and New Jersey 1717-1776, plus their European origins. It also includes some 1710 immigrants who returned to Germany, or whose destination is unknown, plus some additional material on the Palatine immigrant families of 1710.



Philadelphia & Pennsylvania (also see the Irish section below)

Pennsylvania German Pioneers - A Publication of the Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia from 1727-1808. Compiled by Ralph Beaver Strassburger. Edited by William John Hinke. (3 Vols.), Picton Press; Note: these lists generally contain only the names of the adult male passengers (age 16 and above).
  • Vol. 1 has abstracts of the lists from 1727-1784
  • Vol. 2 has reproductions of the orginal lists, including most of the adult male passenger's signatures from 1727-1775
  • Vol. 3 covers 1785-1808 and indexes all 3 volumes
The complete text of Volumes 1 & 3 (but not Volume 2 with the signatures) is available on the German & Swiss Settlers in America CD-Rom Click on the link below for ordering information...

Immigration Records: German & Swiss Settlers in America, 1700s-1800s (CD #267)
This CD-Rom also includes the text of many other books related to German immigration to the US, mostly from the 18th century.

For more information on this series, including links to online ship lists see: Pennsylvania German Pioneers Research Guide



Palatine Origins of Some Pennsylvania Pioneers by Annette Kunselman Burgert; AKB Publications, Myerstown, PA, 2000 (ordering info below). (573 pages)

The author of this book has done much research in the determining the town of origin of many 18th century emigrants to Pennsylvania. She has privately published her findings in numerous monographs, many of which are now collected in this excellent resource. If you find your ancestor in Pennsylvania German Pioneers, you may find this book helpful to continue your research. Included is a bibliography, an appendix of Swiss origins, and indexes for ships, places and names.



Master Index to the Emigrants Documented in the Published Works of Annette K. Burgert, F.A.S.G., F.G.S.P. (Revised & Updated) by Annette K. Burgert; AKB Publications, Myerstown, PA, 2000. (84 pages)

A name index to the 18th century (mostly) German immigrants that Annette Burgert has found the place of origin for in her various research projects, and has published in numerous monographs and books. If you are searching for the home town of an ancestor listed in Pennsylvania German Pioneers, you might find this index helpful.

If your library does not have Annette Burgert's books, you can obtain ordering information by sending an SASE to:

AKB Publications
691 Weavertown Road
Myerstown, PA 17067-2642



A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776 by Daniel L. Rupp; GPC 2000. (583 pages)

Originally published in 1876, this book has recently been reprinted (in 2000). It covers much of the same ground as Pennsylvania German Pioneers, which is often considered a better source (see above). However, it can be found useful as a supplementary index to this important material. 319 ship passenger lists are arranged chronologically with an alphabetical surname index in the back. If your ancestor arrived in Pennsylvania in this time frame (1727-1776) and you do not find them in Pennsylvania German Pioneers, then you might check this book.

This book is also available for online searching as part of Ancestry's genealogy database collection. Click on the link below for more information.

ONLINE DATABASE: Immigrants in Pennsylvania, 1727-1776 (requires payment)



Pennsylvania German Immigrants 1709-1786; Lists Consolidated from Yearbooks of The Pennsylvania German Folklore Society by Don Yoder (Editor)
Gathers material from records in both Germany (gives places of origin) and Pennsylvania of a group of emigrants who mostly settled in southeastern PA. Many are collated with the listings in Pennsylvania German Pioneers.



Rhineland Emigrants: Lists of German Settlers in Colonial America by Don Yoder
Similar to the above book with material drawn from articles in the magazine Pennsylvania Folklife.



Early Eighteenth Century Palatine Emigration by Walter Allen Knittle
Lists the names of about 12,000 Palatine settlers mostly to Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys of New York, with their dates of emigration. This book is out of print, but it is available on the "German & Swiss Settlers" CD-Rom listed below



Online & Microfilmed Index: Philadelphia Passenger Lists Index 1800-1906



Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819 transcribed by Elizabeth P. Bentley, edited by Michael H. Tepper; GPC 1986. (913 pages)

This book contains the names of about 40,000 passengers (listed alphabetically) who arrived in Philadelphia from 1800-1819. Most of the passengers were from Great Britain (especially Northern Irleand) and Germany. (Also available on the Immigrants to Pennsylvania CD-Rom listed below.)



Emigrants to Pennsylvania, 1641-1819 A Consolidation of Ship Passenger Lists from the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography by Michael Tepper; GPC 1999

About 6,000 passengers, most of them British and German, who arrived at the port of Philadelphia between 1682 and 1819, are included in this work. The majority are from two lists of indentured servants and apprentices. (also available on the CD-Rom listed below)



CD-ROM: Immigrants to Pennsylvania, 1600s-1800s (CD #501)

Contains the text of the following books...
  • William Penn and the Dutch Quaker Migration to Pennsylvania, by William I. Hull
  • Immigration of the Irish Quakers into Pennsylvania, 1682-1750, with Their Early History in Ireland, by Albert C. Myers
  • Quaker Arrivals at Philadelphia, 1682-1750. Being a List of Certificates of Removal Received at Philadelphia Monthly Meeting of Friends, by Albert C. Myers
  • Emigrants to Pennsylvania, 1641-1819. A Consolidation of Ship Passenger Lists from The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, ed. Michael Tepper
  • Pennsylvania German Pioneers. A Publication of the Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia from 1727 to 1808, by Ralph B. Strassburger and William J. Hinke
  • Names of Foreigners Who Took the Oath of Allegiance to the Province and State of Pennsylvania, 1727-1775, with the Foreign Arrivals, 1786-1808, by William Henry Egle
  • A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French, and Other Immigrants in Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776, by Israel D. Rupp
  • Record of Indentures of Individuals Bound Out as Apprentices, Servants, Etc. and of German and Other Redemptioners in the Office of the Mayor of Philadelphia . . . 1771 to . . . 1773
  • Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819, ed. Michael Tepper and Elizabeth P. Bentley


German Immigrant Servant Contracts: Registered at the Port of Philadelphia, 1817-1831 by Farley Grubb; Clearfield Company, 1995.



Virginia

ONLINE DATABASE: Early Immigrants to Virginia 1587-1699 [requires payment]



ONLINE DATABASE:Early Immigrants to Virginia from the 1500s and 1600s [requires payment]
These were compiled from early land records stored in Richmond. Also available on the CD-Rom listed below.



CD-Rom: Virginia Colonial Records, 1600s-1800s Contains the following items...
  • Virginia's Colonial Soldiers by Lloyd Bockstruck
  • Virginia's Colonial Militia, 1651-1776 by William Armstrong Crozier
  • List of the Colonial Soldiers of Virginia by Hamilton J. Eckenrode
  • Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, 1623-1666 by Nell Marion Nugent
  • Early Virginia Immigrants, 1623-1666 by George Cabell Greer
  • Virginia Colonial Abstracts by Beverly Fleet
  • Virginia Gleanings in England by Lothrop Withington
  • Personal Names in Hening's Statutes at Large of Virginia by Joseph J. Casey
  • English Duplicates of Lost Virginia Records by Louis Des Cognets, Jr.
  • The Quit Rents of Virginia, 1704 by Annie. L. W. Smith
  • Some Emigrants to Virginia by William G. Stanard
  • The Colonial Virginia Register by William G. and Mary N. Stanard
  • Colonial Records of Virginia Committee of the Virginia State Library


CD-Rom: Early West Virginia Settlers, 1600s-1900s Contains many titles relating to the early settlers of what is now West Virginia. Click on the title for more information.



England

Complete Book of Emigrants by Peter Wilson Coldham, 4 volumes; GPC 1988-1993
Derived from English sources, each book is arranged chronologically with an alphabetical index of names in the back. Each volume lists approximately 20,000-30,000 emigrants to the new world.
  • Volume 1: 1607-1660
  • Volume 2: 1661-1699
  • Volume 3: 1700-1750
  • Volume 4: 1751-1776
There are also these two related volumes...
  • Complete Book of Emigrants in Bondage 1614-1775 (about 50,000 listings)
  • Supplement to The Complete Book of Emigrants in Bondage 1614-1775 (about 3000 additional entries)
The above 6 volumes are on CD-Rom: The Complete Book of Emigrants 1607-1776

Related CD-Rom: British Emigrants in Bondage 1614-1788 -- contains information on about 48,000 felons carried from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland to help populate colonial America.



Scotland

CD-Rom: Scottish Immigrants to North America, 1600s-1800s - the Collected Works of David Dobson
About 75,000 Scots immigrants are listed on this CD, which contains the text of the following books by noted researcher David Dobson...
  • The Original Scots Colonists of Early America, 1612-1783
  • The Original Scots Colonists . . . Supplement, 1607-1707
  • The Original Scots Colonists . . . Caribbean Supplement, 1611-1707
  • Directory of Scottish Settlers in North America, 1625-1825. 7 vols.
  • Scots on the Chesapeake, 1607-1830
  • Scots in the Carolinas, 1680-1830
  • Directory of Scots Banished to the American Plantations, 1650-1775
  • Scottish Soldiers in Colonial America
  • Scots in the West Indies, 1707-1857
  • Scots in the USA and Canada, 1825-1875
David Dobson's books are also available at many libraries. Ask about inter-library loan if your library doesn't carry them.



Ships from Scotland to America Vol 1, 1628-1828 by David Dobson, GPC 1998, 127 pages

This book contains the names of the majority of the ships (in alphabetical order) that carried emigrants from Scotland to America prior to 1828. Included are names of the ports with dates of departure and arrival.



Ireland

The Irish section has moved to its own webpage...

Scotch-Irish

CD Rom: Scotch-Irish Settlers in America, 1500s-1800s Immigration Records

This CD-Rom covers approximately 215,000 Scotch-Irish immigrants. Click on the title for ordering information. This CD-Rom contains the text of the following books...
  • Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America by Charles Knowles Bolton
  • The Scotch-Irish. Or the Scot in North Britain, North Ireland and North America, 2 Volumes by Charles A. Hanna
  • Scots-Irish Links, 1575-1725. 2 Volumes by David Dobson
  • The Scotch-Irish in America by Henry Jones Ford
  • Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County, 1745-1800, 3 Volumes by Lyman Chalkley
  • The Scotch-Irish of Colonial Pennsylvania by Wayland F. Dunaway
  • Pennsylvania Genealogies, Chiefly Scotch-Irish and German (2nd edition) by William Henry Egle
  • Vital Records of Londonderry, New Hampshire, 1719-1910 by Daniel Gage Annis
  • Scotch-Irish Migration to South Carolina, 1772: Rev. William Martin and His Five Shiploads of Settlers by Jean Stephenson


Germany

For more Germany/Palatinate resources see the Georgia, New York & Philadelphia sections above.

Even More Palatine Families: 18th Century Immigrants to the American Colonies and their German, Swiss, and Austrian Origins (3 volume set) by Henry Z. Jones

Contains the following material...
  • New discoveries on German origins of many Palatines emigrating in 1709
  • The full 1709 Rotterdam embarkation lists and the 1710-12 NY Hunter Rolls
  • 650+ pages on Swiss and German families settled in North Carolina 1710-11
  • Lists of Palatines returning from England to Holland in 1710 and 1717
  • 800+ pages on later Palatine arrivals in Colonial New York 1717-76
  • Emigration data from German archives on Pennsylvania Settlers 1727-1760
  • Data on immigrants to America from Canton Zürich in the 1730s
  • Lists of Salzburgers going to America and passing through Schwäbisch Hall, 1750s
  • Nova Scotia Palatine passenger lists 1750-52
  • 125,000 Name Index


Early Eighteenth Century Palatine Emigration by Walter Allen Knittle
Lists the names of about 12,000 Palatine settlers mostly to Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys of New York, with their dates of emigration. This book is out of print, but it is available on the German & Swiss Settlers" CD listed below...



German & Swiss Settlers in America 1700s-1800s CD-Rom. Contains the text of the following books:
  • Pennsylvania German Pioneers: A Publication of the Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia from 1727 to 1808. 2 vols.
  • Rhineland Emigrants: Lists of German Settlers in Colonial America
  • Pennsylvania German Immigrants, 1709-1786
  • True and Authentic Register of Persons Who in the Year 1709 Journeyed from Germany to America
  • List of Germans from the Palatinate Who Came to England in 1709
  • Early Eighteenth Century Palatine Emigration
  • The Book of Names, Especially Relating to the Early Palatines and the First Settlers in the Mohawk Valley
  • A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants in Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776
  • The Germans of Colonial Georgia, 1733-1783
  • Naturalizations of Foreign Protestants in the American and West Indian Colonies
  • Names of Foreigners Who Took the Oath of Allegiance to the Province and State of Pennsylvania, 1727-1775
  • Persons Naturalized in the Province of Pennsylvania, 1740-1733
  • The Settlement of the German Coast of Louisiana and Creoles of German Descent
  • German Immigrant Servant Contracts . . . at the Port of Philadelphia, 1817-1831
  • A New Land Beckoned: German Immigration to Texas, 1844-1847
  • New Homes in a New Land: German Immigration to Texas, 1847-1861
  • German Immigrants: Lists of Passengers Bound from Bremen to New York, 1847-1871. 4 vols.


Switzerland

ONLINE DATABASE: Swiss Emigrants in the 18th Century [requires payment]



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