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
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...
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 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...
ONLINE DATABASE: New England Immigrants, 1700-1775 (Ancestry) [requires payment]
CD-ROM: Early Maine and New Hampshire Settlers (has about 330,000 entries)
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]
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
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.
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).
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:
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...
German Immigrant Servant Contracts: Registered at the Port of Philadelphia, 1817-1831 by Farley Grubb; Clearfield Company, 1995.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
The Irish section has moved to its own webpage...
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...
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...
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:
ONLINE DATABASE: Swiss Emigrants in the 18th Century [requires payment]