In reply to:
Richard Carlson 10/03/02
There are hundreds of online lists and links to lists going
to Canada at Olive Tree Genealogy's ships Passenger Lists
online for Canada
There are also search engines to search various databases of
ships to Canada at
They include most ships lists on the 'net (going to Canada)
and the InGeneas databases (2 of them) for immigration to
Canada 19th and 20th Centuries.
Before 1865 shipping companies were not required by the
government to retain their passenger manifests. This means
passenger lists may not be available for the time period of
interest to you.
There are some passenger lists archived at the NAC (National
Archives of Canada) for the time period 1817-1831. The NAC
also holds scattered records for the years 1732 and 1749 to
1760 for immigrants who sailed from France.
There are some passenger lists which were kept by shipping
agents in the originating country. For example, the
Passenger Books of J & J Cooke, Shipping Agents gives
sailings from Londonderry to Philadelphia PA, Quebec, and
St. John New Brunswick from 1847 to 1871.
Olive Tree hassome passenger lists from these records
online, and will beadding more as time permits. There are
also the William McCorkell & Co. lists but they begin in
1863 and end in 1871.
The Hawke Papers, letterbooks of Chief Emigrant Agent
Anthony B. Hawkeare also available. They cover the years
1831 to 1892. [email protected]
There are also some special collections housed in Ontario
University Libraries, and more details on those can be found
in my Immigration to Canada before 1865 article online at
You might also want to join the mailing list for immigration
to Canada before 1865. Go to
and scroll down to the clickable links to subscribe to this