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Baltimore Passenger Lists 1820-1891

FHL and NARA Microfilm Catalog Numbers

Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Baltimore, MD, 1820-1891; National Archives Microfilm Publication M255 (50 rolls) [includes Baltimore City Lists and Baltimore Customs (Federal) Lists combined]

These microfilm rolls are for passenger lists for the port of Baltimore, Maryland from 1820-1891, arranged by date of arrival. Information about the indexes for the passengers for this time frame can be found here: Baltimore Passenger Lists Indexes 1820-1897

NARA # is the catalog number for the National Archives
FHL # is the catalog number for the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City -- these can be ordered for viewing at many local Family History Centers for a fee.

Always double check the microfilm roll numbers at the Family History Center before ordering any microfilm. You can report any errors found on this page here.

Note: For the period of Jan. 1 to Sept. 1, 1820 see the Quarterly Abstracts below

Note: See the Quarterly Abstracts & State Dept Transcripts listed below for further information about the 1820-1834 period.
FHL #   NARA #         Dates Covered
0417383 M255-1         Sept. 2, 1820--Mar. 30, 1837 [See note 1 below]
0417384 M255-2         Apr. 7, 1837--July 31, 1840 [2]
0417385 M255-3         Aug. 3, 1840--Dec. 21, 1842
0417386 M255-4         Jan. 3, 1843--Aug. 29, 1845
0417387 M255-5         Sept. 1, 1845--June 28, 1847
0417388 M255-6         July 2, 1847--Dec. 20, 1848
0417389 M255-7         Jan. 2, 1849--June 28, 1850
0417390 M255-8         July 3, 1850--May 28, 1852
0417391 M255-9         June 2, 1852--Aug. 29, 1853
0417392 M255-10        Sept. 5, 1853--Dec. 30, 1854
0417393 M255-11        Feb. 5, 1855--June 22, 1858
0417394 M255-12        July 6, 1858--Sept. 28, 1860
0417395 M255-13        Oct. 8, 1860--Sept. 24, 1863
0417396 M255-14        Oct. 7, 1863--July 31, 1866
0417397 M255-15        Aug. 3, 1866--Oct. 30, 1867
0417398 M255-16        Nov. 5, 1867--Mar. 31, 1869
0417399 M255-17        Apr. 3, 1869--June 27, 1870
0417400 M255-18        July 2, 1870--May 30, 1871
0417401 M255-19        June 1, 1871--Feb. 29, 1872
0417402 M255-20        Mar. 4--Sept. 30, 1872
0417403 M255-21        Oct. 4, 1872--June 28, 1873
0417404 M255-22        July 2, 1873--Apr. 27, 1874
0417405 M255-23        May 4--Dec. 30, 1874
0417406 M255-24        Jan. 2--Sept. 25, 1875
0417407 M255-25        Oct. 1, 1875--June 30, 1876
0417408 M255-26        July 1, 1876--Mar. 31, 1877
0417409 M255-27        Apr. 2--Dec. 29, 1877
0417410 M255-28        Jan. 2--Aug. 30, 1878
0417411 M255-29        Sept. 2, 1878--Apr. 28, 1879
0417412 M255-30        May 2--Sept. 29, 1879
0417413 M255-31        Oct. 1, 1879--May 14, 1880
0417414 M255-32        May 15--Dec. 22, 1880
0417415 M255-33        Jan. 3--June 30, 1881
0417416 M255-34        July 2--Dec. 26, 1881
0417417 M255-35        Jan. 6--July 26, 1882
0417418 M255-36        Aug. 1, 1882--Feb. 24, 1883
0417419 M255-37        Mar. 1--Aug. 29, 1883
0417420 M255-38        Sept. 8, 1883--May 31, 1884
0417421 M255-39        June 3, 1884--Feb. 28, 1885
0417422 M255-40        Mar. 6--Dec. 24, 1885
0417423 M255-41        Jan. 4--Sept. 30, 1886
0417424 M255-42        Oct. 2, 1886--May 31, 1887
0417425 M255-43        June 4--Dec. 30, 1887
0417426 M255-44        Jan. 3--July 27, 1888
0417427 M255-45        Aug. 7, 1888--May 30, 1889
0417428 M255-46        June 1--Dec. 31, 1889
0417429 M255-47        Jan. 11--July 31, 1890
0417430 M255-48        Aug. 5, 1890--Mar. 25, 1891
0417431 M255-49        Apr. 2--June 29, 1891
0417432 M255-50        July 1--Dec. 28, 1891

Notes...
[1] M255-1: There are many gaps in these records (from 1820 to Sept 1833) as
most of the original lists did not survive - many of these gaps can be filled
in using the Quarterly Abstracts & State Dept Transcripts (see below); Also
see: Ships to Baltimore 1820-1833 to see where some of the gaps are [2] M255-2: There are no lists for 1839 - see the Quarterly Abstracts (below);
Also see: Baltimore Passenger Lists - 1839

Additional Resources...


Quarterly Abstracts of Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Baltimore, MD, 1820-1869
National Archives Microfilm Publication M596. 6 rolls.
[Note: many of the early Baltimore passenger lists were lost and are fragmentary; these Quarterly Abstracts serve as a supplement, but are still incomplete]

Ancestry's Baltimore passenger lists database includes these Baltimore Quarterly Abstracts. See: Baltimore Passenger Lists

FHL#     NARA#    Dates Covered
1376177  M596-1   Jan. 1, 1820--Dec. 31, 1829
1376178  M596-2   Jan. 1, 1830--Dec. 31, 1833
1376179  M596-3   Jan. 1, 1834--Dec. 31, 1837
1376180  M596-4   Jan. 1, 1838--Dec. 31, 1845 (none for 1842 & 1844)
1376181  M596-5   July 1, 1848--Dec. 31, 1859 (none for 1851-1856)
1376182  M596-6   Jan. 1, 1860--June 30, 1869 (none for 1864 & 1867)


State Department Transcripts of Passenger Lists
circa October 1819-circa December 1832
National Archives Microfilm Publication T-1219, 2 rolls (includes index by port, not passengers)
[Note: many of the early Baltimore passenger lists were lost and are fragmentary; these Transcripts serve as a further supplement for Baltimore (and other ports), but they are not complete]
For Baltimore these Transcripts cover 1820, 1822-1826 & 1829



BOOK: Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Baltimore 1820-1834 by Elizabeth Bentley, indexes the three items listed on this webpage from 1820-1834 (the surviving lists, the Quarterly Abstracts & the State Dept. Transcripts).



Dates, Contents and NARA Roll numbers taken from...
Immigrant and Passenger Arrivals, A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications; National Archives Trust Fund Board: Washington, DC; 1983; 2nd revised edition, 1991; pages 6-7.



Finding Passenger Lists 1820-1940s

Baltimore Passenger Lists 1891-1948

Baltimore Indexes 1820-1897 | Baltimore Indexes 1897-1952

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