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United States history is a tale of immigrants — most likely your family's story is no exception. Passenger and immigration lists can be an invaluable primary source for tracing the vast majority of immigrants to the United States, particularly in the 19th century. With the single exception of federal census records they are the largest, the most continuous, and the most uniform body of records for the entire country.

As primary sources, passenger lists and naturalization records are frequently the only references to an immigrant ancestor's past that can be sourced with high confidence. For American genealogists, these records may also serve as the breakthrough clues needed to link their family trees back to a distant point of origin.

Though information included in each volume varies, generally, you can uncover the following data:

  • Name of passenger
  • Name of ship or vessel
  • Date and port of arrival
  • Place of origin
  • Age and occupation

Copyright information for each volume can be found on its copyright page. If you wish to cite information found in one of this data set's volumes, we recommend using the following format:

Author's Last Name, Author's First Name. "Book Title." Place of Publication: Publisher. Copyright Date. Page Numbers. Reproduced on's Online Data Set #352 (Immigrants to America, 1600s-1800s).

Books Included in this Data Set

Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Charleston, 1820-1829

Scotch-Irish Migration to South Carolina, 1772

A Compilation of the Original Lists of Protestant Immigrants to South Carolina, 1763-1773

Louisiana Colonials: Soldiers and Vagabonds

The Canary Islands Migration to Louisiana, 1778-1783

Scottish Quakers and Early America, 1650-1700

Scandinavian Immigrants in New York, 1630-1674

William Penn and the Dutch Quaker Migration to Pennsylvania

Immigration of Irish Quakers into Pennsylvania

Quaker Arrivals at Philadelphia

Swedish Settlements on the Delaware

Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Baltimore, 1800-1819

Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia, 1800-1819

Nova Scotia Immigrants to 1867, Volumes 1-2

Settlers of Rensselaerswyck, 1630-1658

Passenger Arrivals, 1819-1820

Rhode Island Passenger Lists

Passengers Who Arrived in the U.S., September 1821-December 1823

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