Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

4/7/2007

The United States and Canada

Where ships’ passenger lists were kept, most appear to have been deposited at the port of arrival, rather than departure; in general, the authorities were more concerned with recording those entering a country than those leaving. The most comprehensive records for the U.S., therefore, are the Customs Passenger Lists, dating from 1820, and the Immigration Passenger Lists, from 1883, both in the National Archives in Washington. Unfortunately, the earlier lists are not very informative, giving only the country of origin of the emigrant. for more click here

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