The Famine Immigrants, Volume V—Lists of Irish Immigrants Arriving at the Port of New York, 1846-1851

Arguably,  the most recognized mass emigration in modern history are the Irish during the Great Potato Famine. While not as large as other migrations, the effect it had on the overall population of an entire country stands unique in recent times. Hundreds of thousands of Irish fled their homes, peaking at around 200,000 a year for both1849 and 1850. Emigrants fled to many different parts of the world, but the New World, received more than any other destination. Ports in Canada and the American Colonies were flooded with immigrants. A rare multi-volume set of books titled The Famine Immigrants listed the port of arrival for many of these migrants. Volume V of the set covers Irish immigrants to arrive at the port of New York between October 1849 and May 1850.

The passenger lists found in The Famine Immigrants are arranged by ship and date of arrival in New York, and each person is identified with respect to age, sex, occupation, and family relationships where such was indicated in the original manifests. Additionally, every volume boasts of an extensive index containing all of the passenger names in the text.

In the period covered in this volume, October 1849-May 1850, about 60,000 Irish men, women, and children arrived in New York, and all of the data located on them is provided, and their names are all indexed.

Family Root Publishing is selling its remaining hardback copies of The Famine Immigrants, Volume V—Lists of Irish Immigrants Arriving at the Port of New York, 1846-1851 for only $22.50. “Very limited numbers of this volume are available. This is the only volume still available in the hardback printing. When it goes into soft cover only, it will sell for $75.00.”

The Original Lists of Persons of Quality: 1600-1700

In another of the fantastic books reprinted in 2012 by the New England Historical and Genealogical Society (NEHGS), the 1874 book The Original Lists of Persons of Quality: 1600-1700, by John Camden Hotten, provides individual names compiled from documents listing seventeenth-century English immigrants to New England, the Chesapeake, and the Caribbean. The current reprint comes with a foreword by Robert Charles Anderson, director of The Great Migration Study Project.

From the Introduction, the author speaks to this work:

“Little could even the most sanguine of the early emigrants to America have contemplated the subsequent effect which their action would work upon the world’s history. Some of them, it is true, were men of position at home, with wealth and all its concomitant advantages at their disposal, but by far the greater number was composed of comparatively obscure men—men of little means, but possessed of hears and consciences of too honest a nature to permit them quietly to submit to the intolerance which was forced upon them at home. But those whose names are recorded in the following pages, with many others of whom no such minute particulars have come down to us, were the seed-grains from which the mighty Republic has sprung—the rapid growth of which has no parallel in the world’s history.”

The author goes on to assure the reader this book is not a work of history in regards to the colonies and their eventual independence, but simply to highlight some of the causes for early emigration of English families to American and to provide an “assistance in making genealogical researches in the mother country.” Predominately, this nearly 600 page book contains lists of names with a few notes. The contents listed below detail the listings and their nature.

“Despite the passage of more than a century, and despite the publication of several more versions of some of these records in the intervening years, this volume by Hotten remains the best source for seventeenth-century passenger records, and should be preferred to all others.” – foreword by Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Study Project


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Register of the Names of all the Passengers from London During One Year, Ending Christmas, 1635

In the Ship:

  • Bonaventure
  • Bonaventure
  • Hopewell
  • Christian
  • Planter
  • Peter Bonaventure
  • Hopewell
  • Elizabeth
  • Rebecca
  • Paul
  • Eliza & Ann
  • Encrease
  • Sussan & Ellen
  • Falcon
  • Expectation
  • Ann & Elizabeth
  • Abigail
  • Alexander
  • Plain Joane
  • Matthew
  • Speedwell
  • Thomas & John
  • Truelove
  • James
  • Defence
  • Defence
  • Blessing
  • Philip
  • America
  • Tansport
  • Paul
  • Pied Cow
  • Love
  • Alice
  • Hopwell
  • Assurance
  • Primrose
  • Merchant’s Hope
  • Elizabeth
  • Bachelor
  • Globe
  • Safety
  • George
  • Thomas
  • William & John
  • David
  • Truelove
  • Dorset
  • Hohn
  • Amity
  • Constance
  • Abraham
  • Expedition
  • Friendship

Passengers by the Commission and Soldiers According to the Statute, Christmas, 1631, to Christmas, 1632

Entries Relating to America, From the Patent Rolls

Lists of the Living and Dead in Virginia, 16 Feby., 1623

Walloons and French Emigrants to Virginia

Musters of the Inhabitants of Virginia (Circa) 1626

Returns of Those Who Embarked from Ipswich and Weymouth for New England, 1634 to 1637

  • From Ipswich, in the Ship Francis
  • From Ipswich in the Ship Elizabeth
  • From Weymouth, in the Ship _____ [1635]

Register of Persons About to Pass into Foreign Parts, from March to Sept., 1637

  • From Ipswich, in the John & Dorothy
  • From Yarmouth, in the Rose
  • From Southampton, in the Virgin [1639]
  • From Southampton, in the Bevis [1638]

The Summer Islands, 1673 to 1679

  • Names of the Governor and council of the Assembly, Aug., 1673
  • Account of the Lands belonging to the Summer Islands Company, taken out of Mr. Richard Norwood’s Survey Book, made in 1662-3

Monmouth Rebellion of 1685: —Lists of Convicted Rebels Sent to the Barbadoes and Other Plantations in America

  • Receipt for 100 Prisoners to be transported from Taunton, by John Rose, of London, Merchant
  • Invoice of 68 Men-servents shipped on Board the Jamaica Merchant, Capt. Chas. Gardner, for Account of John Rose & Compy., they being to be sold for 10 Years
  • Receipt for 100 Prisoners on Mr. Nepho’s Account, to be sent to Barbadoes. [Prisoners in Dorchester Gaol to be transported.]
  • Prisoners in Exeter Gaol to be transported
  • Prisoners at Wells to be transported
  • List of the Convicted Rebels on Board the Betty, of London, at the Port of Weymouth
  • List of 72 Rebels Granted by his Majesty to Gerome Nepho, with the Names of their Masters in Barbadoes
  • Sir Wm. Booth’s Receipt for 100 Prisoners, on Account of James Kendall [Prisoners in Dorchester Gaol to be transported]
  • Certificate of Disposal of Capt. Kendall’s Rebels.—A List of 90 Rebels by the Happy Return, with the Names of their Masters to whom they were disposed
  • Sir Wm. Booth’s List of Prisoners sent to Barbadoes, with the Names of the Towns in Somersetshire and Devonshire from whence they came
  • A List of 77 Convicted Rebels, imported from Bristol in the John Frigate
  • Sir Wm Booth’s Receipt for 100 Prisoners—56 from Bridewell at Taunton, 33 from Bridgewater Prison at Taunton, and 11 from Exeter
  • The Sale of 67 Rebels, delivered by Capt. Charles Gardner, of the Jamaica Merchant

Tickets Granted to Emigrants from Barbadoes to New England, Carolina, Virginia, New York, Antingua, Jamaica, Newfoundland, and Other Places, 1678-9

Barbadoes:—Parish Registers—Births and Deaths—Lists of Inhabitants—Landed Proprietors—Servants, & c., 1678-9

  • Parish Registers of St. Michael’s Baptisms
  • Parish Registers of St. Michael’s Burials
  • List of Inhabitants of St. Michael’s, with their Hired Servants, ‘Prentices, Bought Servants, and Negroes
  • List of the Jews of St. Michael’s
  • Alphabetical List of Landowners in St. Michael’s, with the Number of their Acres, Hired Servants, Bought Servants, and Negroes
  • Owners of Land in the Parish of St. George, Number of Acres, White Servants, and Negroes [1679]
  • Parish Registers of St. George—Baptisms [1678-9]
  • Parish Registers of St. George—Burials
  • Parish Registers of St. Andrews—Owners of Lands, Number of Acres, Servants, Negroes, Christenings, Burials
  • Parish Registers of Christchurch—Landowners, Acres, Servants, Negroes
  • Parish Registers of Christchurch—Baptisms [167809]
  • Parish Registers of Christchurch—Burials [167809]
  • Parish Registers of St. James’—Baptisms
  • Parish Registers of St. James’—Burials
  • Parish Registers of St. James’—Landowners, Servants, Negroes [1678-9]
  • Parish Registers of St. John’s—Baptisms [1678-9]


The Founders of New England

In 2012, the New England Historical and Genealogical Society (NEHGS) reprinted and published a number of books of significant historical and genealogical value to the New England area. The Founders of New England, by Samuel G. Drake, is another of  last year’s releases now available at Family Roots Publishing.

In November, 1858 Drake took a trip to England to research through English archives for early American history. He returned in May of 1860, publishing the results of his research in the October edition of the New England Historical and Genealogical Registers. The bulk of his work covered passenger lists and comparable documents as they related to early migration. He later republished his finding in a “corrected and enlarged” book, entitled Results of some Researches among the British Archives for information relative to the Founders of New England, made in the years 1858, 1859 and 1860

Many of the listings are short, including only a single person, or a single family. Other lists are more extensive. There are even some lists for prisoners transported to New England; including, at least one list of Scottish prisoners bound over by the English Government.

The Founders is a unique book in that the author, Drake, was a founder and early officer, including President, of the NEHGS over 150 years ago. The society has a long and fruitful history, and The Founders of New England serves as a token to their standard of quality and enduring value to genealogical researchers.


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Irish Passenger Lists, 1803-1806: Lists Of Passengers Sailing From Ireland To America

Irish Passenger ListsThe Hardwicke Papers, are they became know, represent emigrant passengers form Ireland to the United State during the period of 1803 to 1806. The Hardwicke Papers were mandatory passenger lists created by the masters of emigrant ships before being allowed to set sail. This is also the only period in which registers of passengers leaving Irish ports were kept, at least by law. These compiled lists, the Harwicke Papers, have been reproduced for a modern research audience and published under the title Irish Passenger Lists 1803-1806.

According the “Act for regulating the carrying of Passengers 43rd. of King George the 3rd. of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland,” the masters of ships were required to compile a list of passengers, with notation of age, occupation, and, in most cases, place of domicile. These passenger lists were submitted under oath to the Commissioner, a custom’s official, at the Custom House for each port. Copies of the list were sent to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. The Lord Lieutenant during this period was Earl Harwicke; hence, the nickname for the papers.

An Order of Council was given, granting permission for ships to set sail. The date associated with each ship’s passenger list is the date for which the Order of Council was granted, not the actual sailing date. However, it is assumed most ships set sail as soon as tides and weather permitted, following the issuance of an Order. Permission to emigrate was sometimes denied specific passengers who were deemed skilled craftsmen.

American ports did not keep “customs passenger lists,” documenting immigrants, until 1820. Thus, these papers may be the only existing records of immigration into the United States for these Irish emigrants.

In all, there are 109 sailings for Irish ports documented in these lists. The number of sailings breakdown per Irish port as follows:

  • Dublin 28
  • Londonderry 26
  • Belfast 22
  • Newry 19
  • Sligo 6
  • Warrenpoint 3
  • Cork 2
  • Ballyshannon 1
  • Killybegs 1
  • Limerick 1

Sailing break down by years as follows:

  • 1803 – 35 sailings
  • 1804 – 37 sailings
  • 1805 – 29 sailings
  • 1806 – 8 sailings (records only kept through March of 1806)

All ships in these papers made port in the United States, with the following breakdown by port:

  • New York 61
  • Philadelphia/Newcastle/Wilmington area 24
  • Baltimore 7
  • Boston 4
  • Chaleston 4
  • New Bedford 1
  • Norfolk 1
  • Wiscasset 1
  • and one unspecified port

According to an estimate made from the index, there are over 2,700 individuals are listed in these records.


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Finding American Arrival Records for Your Ancestors

For all the disagreement we hear today about immigration from Mexico and Asia, migration issue have been argued from one corner of this country to the other for well over a hundred years. Between 1880 and 1890 the foreign-born population was twice that of the native population. Most of the new immigrants came from Europe. The mass migration period, lasting into the early 20th century is just one part of the immigration story of America.

Choosing the best search methods and resources for finding and uprooting records for your ancestor’s arrival in America depends in large part on when they arrived. Did they arrive in Colonial times, or during the mass European migration period, or more recently? American Passenger Arrival Records by Michael Tepper provides some answers to your key research questions. The book examines the types of records kept over the years, how they changed and where to find them.

The book also looks at changes in laws and reporting practices. Major ports are reviewed and consideration is given for those coming through some of the minor ports and across the border from Canada. Almost every U.S. resident has ancestors who came through one port or another. American Passenger Arrival Records provides the information needed, with plenty of sources, for researching your ancestor’s arrival records, making the book another must have reference for almost any home or family history library.


Table of Contents


1 The Colonial Period

  • Immigration Records
  • Emigration Records
  • Published Guides

2 The Beginning of Federal Passenger Arrival Records

3 Customs Passenger Lists

  • Background
  • Characteristics and Limitations
  • Original Lists
  • Copies and Abstracts
  • State Department Transcripts
  • Records at the Principal Ports of Entry
    • Boston
    • New York
    • Philadelphia
    • Baltimore
    • New Orleans
  • Other Ports
  • Where to Find the Records
  • Table 1: Customs Passenger Lists in the National Archives

4 Immigration Passenger Lists

  • The Beginning of Mass Migrations
  • Immigration Legislation
  • The Passenger Lists
    • Boston
    • New York
    • Philadelphia
    • Baltimore
    • New Orleans
  • Canadian Border Entries
  • Table 2: Immigration Passenger Lists in the National Archives


  • Appendix A: The Hamburg Emigration Lists
  • Appendix B: Checklist of Passenger List Publications


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Week of Free Access Enables Families to Discover Stories of Ancestors’ International Travels and Passage

PROVO, UTAH – (August 29, 2011) –, the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced an entire week of free access to its popular U.S. and International Immigration and Naturalization records. The free access week begins August 29th and runs through the Labor Day holiday ending September 5th. During this time, all visitors to will be able to search for free the indices and images of new and updated U.S. immigration records as well as selected international immigration records from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Australia, Canada, Germany, Sweden and Mexico. Millions of Americans can trace their family history to other countries, and these collections provide valuable information about the travels and journeys that brought them to America or other countries around the world.’s extensive collection of immigration, naturalization and travel records offer an important resource for discovering and celebrating family history. As part of this promotion, the company is adding to its collection of U.S. and international records for tracing relatives from their homeland to other countries around the world. These records include ships passenger and crew lists, declarations of intent, petitions for naturalization, witness affidavits, border crossings, certificates and other records generated by the naturalization process, which is the act and procedure of becoming a new citizen of a country. Because the process has changed significantly over time and varies from country to country, different records are available from a wide variety of state, federal and international sources.

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· Kristine Plotinski – Romeo, MI: Plotinski recently found the ship manifest of when her grandparents and three aunts immigrated to the United States from Iraq in 1947. She shared this document with her aunts and they were deeply touched when they saw their names on the manifest. One of her aunts remarked that she had been unable to find her immigration records on a visit to Ellis Island and recounted that seeing the document from brought back many memories. Her aunt very clearly remembers the day in 1947 when her ship arrived in New York. She was awed by the lights of New York and the snow and wore a pink coat made with rabbit fur, which her grandmother had made for each of Kristine’s aunts.

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Ancestry Posts “Honolulu, Hawaii Passenger Lists -1900-1953” has now posted the “Honolulu, Hawaii Passenger Lists -1900-1953.” The Honolulu Passenger Lists consists of inbound vessel passenger manifests for February 1900 to December 1953. The following description is from the website:

This data collection contains inbound passenger lists arriving at Honolulu, Hawaii from February 13, 1900 to December 30, 1953. The lists include both alien and U.S. citizen arrivals. In later years passengers may have arrived by airplane rather than by ship.

A variety of passenger list forms were used. Some are INS forms, others are steamship company forms. Different forms were often used for aliens versus U.S. citizens, so that different questions could be asked. Many forms were several pages long. It may be necessary to navigate forward and backward in the image viewer in order to see all of the images pertaining to a particular manifest.

Typical information recorded on a passenger list includes:

  • Name of passenger
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Marital status
  • Occupation
  • Citizenship (nationality)
  • Last permanent residence
  • Birthplace
  • Ultimate destination
  • Name and address of individual intended to join
  • Date of arrival
  • Date and place of last arrival in the U.S.
  • Physical description

In searching these Honolulu inbound passenger lists I ran across Bonnie Claussen, a cousin of my older brothers and sisters (their father was a Claussen). This document didn’t give a lot of information on him, but it say that he was 22 years old at the time, in 1942. Following is a copy of that document.
Bonnie Claussen Honolulu Passenger List 1942

The following is from the News Release:

Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900-1953, consists of more than 1.4 million records of passenger arrivals to Honolulu, Hawaii. Because of Hawaii’s role as a vacation spot and as a stopping point for people migrating from the Eastern side of the globe to the United States, these records can provide invaluable clues about family immigration and travel. Passenger lists include name, birth year, ethnicity, port and date of arrival and departure, ship or airline name and much more.

Included in this collection are some familiar names who visited the island of Oahu from 1900 to 1953:

  • Rita Hayworth – For the filming of Miss Sadie Thompson, Rita traveled to Hawaii aboard the ship Lurline and arrived in Honolulu on May 23, 1953.
  • Shirley Temple – In 1935, at the age of six, Shirley Temple traveled to Hawaii with her parents, Gertrude and George, for the filming of Curly Top. She returned to Hawaii in 1937 and 1939.
  • Cary Grant (Archibald Leach) – Traveling with Mary Astor (Lucille) and her husband, Manuel Del Campo, aboard the Mastonia, in 1938.
  • John Wayne – Arrived in Honolulu with wife, Esperanza, aboard the ship Lurline on March 19, 1952 for the filming of Big Jim McLain.

Other famous people found in this collection include Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, Laurence Olivier, Spencer Tracy and Bette Midler’s father, Fred Midler, who arrived in Hawaii in 1940 aboard the ship Washington. Bette was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1945.

Now go find your relatives in the “Honolulu Passenger Lists 1900-1953” at Note that you can search the lists (which are indexed), or browse them year-by-year.