Saturday, May 10, 2014

Ship passenger lists : Featured library resource for May 2014

The Library has acquired a 4-volume set of works that index passenger lists of immigrants to colonial and early United States.  The 4 volumes are divided by geographic area, and cover slightly different time periods.  Under the main title Ship Passenger Lists, we have the following:

  • National and New England (1600-1825)
  • New York and New Jersey (1600-1825)
  • The South (1538-1825)
  • Pennsylvania and Delaware (1641-1825)

Not until 1820 did the United States require passenger lists from ships with immigrants, so after 1820 the record keeping improved and more passenger lists are available from the National Archives and Records Administration.

For the period prior to 1820 there is greater reliance on published materials.  These four books were compiled and privately published by researcher Carl Boyer, 3rd.  They are based on an earlier work by Harold Lancour entitled A bibliography of ship passenger lists, 1528-1835 (the 1963 revision of a work originally published 1937 under a different title).  Lancour's book did not list names, while Boyer has added names to many of the entries and indexed them.  (He apparently did not list names for items he considered readily accessible.)

We cordially invite you to come to the Genealogy Room located at the Dennis Public Library in Dennisport to use these or any other of our resources in your research.

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