This webpage discusses some of the available ship passenger lists and indexes for Galveston, Texas from 1846-1948 (with partial coverage to 1951). Included are books, microfilm, a CD-Rom and links to online records and indexes. Most of the microfilm rolls listed here can be ordered from the LDS Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City for viewing at local Family History Centers for a fee. You can also find the microfilm rolls at the U.S. National Archives (NARA) and some of its branches. Some genealogical libraries may also carry them.|
Online Index and Images 1896-1948Galveston Passenger Lists 1896-1948 (requires payment - part of an Ancestry subscription) includes name index and images of the passenger lists from National Archives Microfilm Publication M1359
This database also includes: "Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Corpus Christi, Texas, and Vicinity, June 1948-January 1959" (National Archives Microfilm A3458)
Microfilm Index 1896-1906Title: Indexes to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston, TX, 1896-1906
Microfilm Index 1906-1951Title: Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston, TX, 1906-1951
This is an alphabetical index to the names of passengers arriving at Galveston and the subports of Houston and Brownsville, Texas beginning in October 1906.
Texas Seaport Museum Immigration Database 1844-1948The Texas Seaport Museum has a database of more than 132,000 passengers who first disembarked at Galveston from 1844-1948. If a passenger first disembarked at another port (such as New York) and then traveled to Texas, they will not be found in this database. This database is made up of names from the National Archives microfilm, various book sources and information from the Galveston Daily News. You can search the database online for free. For more information visit this webpage....
Texas Seaport Museum - Galveston Immigration Database
The Passenger Lists & Index 1846-1871National Archives series M575: Copies of Lists of Passengers Arriving at Miscellaneous Ports on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts and Ports on the Great Lakes, 1820-1873. Roll M575-3 in this series covers Galveston, TX, 1846-1871. This microfilm roll is also available from the Family History Library (FHL Roll #830233).
The index for this roll is available in three different formats...
The Passenger Lists 1872-1895The passenger lists from 1872-1895 are incomplete and most are missing. More information can be found at the Texas Seaport Museum link above.
The Passenger Lists 1893 & 1896-1948Title: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston, TX, 1896-1948; National Archives Microfilm Publication M1359; 36 rolls. (Includes some lists from 1893; coverage goes to October 1948)
Other ResourcesONLINE DATABASE: Galveston, Texas City Directories, 1888-1891 (requires payment - part of an Ancestry subscription)
BOOK: A New Land Beckoned: German Immigration to Texas, 1844-1847 by Chester W. Geue and Ethel H. Geue; 2nd enlarged ed; Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co, 1972. Contains information about more than 4,000 German immigrants who settled in Texas from 1844 to 1847. The person's age, place of residence in Europe, and dates of departure and arrival are given. The text of this book is available on the CD-Rom listed below.
BOOK: New Homes in a New Land: German Immigration to Texas, 1847-1861 by Ethel H. Geue; Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co, 1970, reprinted 1999. A sequel to A New Land Beckoned, listed just above, this book contains the names of 5,600 German immigrants taken from 105 passenger lists. The person's age, place of residence in Europe, and dates of departure and arrival are given, along with the Texas county the immigrant settled in. The text of this book is available on the CD-Rom listed below.
CD-ROM: Early Texas Settlers, 1700s-1800s This CD-Rom contains the text of the above two books (A New Land Beckoned & New Homes in a New Land) plus six other books related to Texas settlers. Approximately 94,000 total names are indexed. It is available from Genealogical Publishing Company. For ordering information see: Early Texas Settlers, 1700s-1800s
BOOK: Ships Passenger Lists, Port of Galveston, Texas, 1846-1871 by the Galveston County Genealogical Society; Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1984. This book contains transcriptions of the passenger records from National Archives Microfilm series M575, Roll 3, which covers Galveston, TX arrivals 1846-1871 (see microfilm listing above). In this book the passenger lists are arranged chronologically, followed by an alphabetical index of the individual passengers (more than 9,000 total).
BOOK: Passenger Lists for Galveston, 1850-1855 by Albert J. Blaha and Eva Lembcke; Houston, Texas: Privately printed by A.J. Blaha, 1985. (Contains mostly German passengers.) This book is available on 3 microfiche (FHL #6099940) from the Family History Library.
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