Emigration and Immigration Records and Resources

including Ship Passenger Lists and Naturalization Records

Emigration means to leave a country and settle in another. Immigration means to enter a new country and settle there.

Passenger Arrival Records | Passenger Departure Records | Naturalization Records

Passenger Arrival Records (USA)

Online Ship Passenger Lists and Records [on this website]
Links to websites that have transcribed passenger lists and indexes on the Internet.

Finding Passenger Lists from 1820 to the 1960s [on this website]
A list of indexes for finding your ancestors in ship passenger records for US ports. Includes online indexes, microfilm (with National Archives and Family History Library Catalog numbers), and books.

Finding Passenger Lists before 1820 [on this website]
A list of sources that can help you find passenger lists and immigration-related records prior to 1820.

Research Guides for Individual U.S. Ports of Arrival
(many include links to online indexes and records)...
  • Finding Boston, Massachusetts Passenger Lists [on this website]
    A basic research outline for finding Boston passenger lists and their indexes from 1820-1954. Included is information about the Boston passenger lists missing from NARA's available microfilm records.
Germans to America [on this website]
This is an online index and book series that lists passengers who arrived at American ports from Germany from 1850-1897. This webpage lists the book volumes and the years they cover. Also included is a link to the second series that covers the 1840s.

Pennsylvania German Pioneers Research Guide [on this website]
Information about using the Pennsylvania German Pioneers books (now available online) to find passenger lists of German immigrants who landed at Philadelphia from 1727-1808.

Irish Passenger Lists Research Guide Tips for finding U.S. ship passenger records for Irish immigrants.

Passenger Departure Records (from the USA)

  • U.S., Departing Passenger and Crew Lists, 1914-1966 (at Ancestry/fee-based) Note: most of the records in this database are for the mid 20th century. Some of the records in this database are for airplane departures from various cities in the US. For New York City, this database includes passenger and crew lists of vessels (ships) and some airplanes departing from New York, New York, 1948-1965.

International Passenger Departure Records and Emigration Records

Online Passenger Lists... Germany... The Netherlands...
  • Holland-America Line Passenger Lists, 1900-1969 [on this website]
    Information about this little-known resource -- passenger departure records for the port of Rotterdam available from the Rotterdam City Archives.
  • Emigrants from the Netherlands includes emigrants from the Netherlands, 1848-1878: and emigrants from South Holland, 1851-1900; from the National Archives of the Netherlands (Nationaal Archief)
Norway... Sweden... United Kingdom...
  • United Kingdom (UK) Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960 (at Ancestry/fee-based); Indexed and digitized passenger lists for ships leaving the United Kingdom. Includes some departure ports in Ireland and Northern Ireland like Belfast, Galway, Londonderry (Derry) and Queenstown (Cobh). Very few of the outgoing lists prior to 1890 have survived.
  • UK to Australia, List of Emigrants, 1852-1857 List of emigrants who departed from the UK from the records of the Highland and Island Emigration Society of Scotland; at FamilySearch  

Naturalization Records

Finding US Naturalization Records - a Genealogy Guide [on this website]
A guide to finding US Naturalization records online and off.

Online Searchable Naturalization Indexes and Records - USA [on this website]

Canadian Passenger Records

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