Monday, 2 May 2016

Passenger Steamship Arrivals in USA 1890 to 1930

Everyone wants to see their ancestor's name on a passenger list. More often than not, that manifest just does not physically exist! (unless you are lucky in a search)

It's possible to use other avenues or should I say passages of inquiry. I think this book is a little gem because it provides information on Steamship Arrivals up to 1930 which is difficult to find in other resources.

The Morton Allan Directory can be used to verify the date your ancestor arrived in the U.S. It is organized by year, then alphabetically by steamship line, then by name of port of arrival and port of departure.

The first entry for 1900 is:
   Allan State Line
   Glasgow - New York
   N.Y. Arrival Jan.8
   Steamer: Sarmatian

Unfortunately, names of passengers are not included in this volume, nor is there an index. Finding the name of the ship, which company or steamship line it belonged to and an approximate year is a good start to finding passenger lists.

Details of the book:
Morton Allan Directory of European Passenger Steamship Arrivals for the years 1890 to 1930 at the port of New York and for the years 1904 to 1926 at the ports of New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Baltimore.
Published in 1987 Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.  ISBN: 0806308303 (It is a reprint of the original 1931 publication.)

Other resources that might help your search for passenger lists:
    Note: I have found some of these books available online at under the Search | Books link. 

Coldham, Peter Wilson. 1985. English adventurers and emigrants, 1609-1733 : abstracts of examinations in the High Court of Admiralty with reference to Colonial America. Baltimore Genealogical Publishing. ISBN: 0806310820; 0806312211

Filby, P. William. 1981. Passenger and immigration lists index. Gale Cengage. ISBN: 0787619361
Note: this is a very important resource available on Ancestry - look for it in their Card Catalogue as
U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s - also provides a very good description of what information you can find. 

Lancour, Harold (comp). 3rd ed. 1963. A bibliography of ship passenger lists of early immigrants to North America. New York. The book lists names of resources (titles of books) where you may be able to track down the name of your ancestor. Recommend cross referencing the title with your local library or on the World Wide Catalogue - May also be available on the internet.
Look for the Index of Ship Names
(Ship names only, does not contain lists of names of passengers.)

Mitchell, Brian (comp).  1988. Irish passenger lists 1847-1871 : lists of passengers sailing from Londondery to America on ships of the J & J Cooke Line and the McCorkell Line. Baltimore Genealogical Publishing ISBN: 0806312068

Cross reference these titles in your own local library or ask for a RAOK - Random Act of Kindness

Olive Tree Genealogy has a great website for Passenger Lists

Lorine (Olive Tree Genealogy) has also developed a method of searching numerous internet pages at the same time for Ancestors in Ships Passenger Lists

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