London Emigration and Immigration

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London was the major port of departure for ships carrying emigrants abroad from the 1500s to modern times. Ships traveled up and down the River Thames. Those leaving the realm cleared at Gravesend.

Passenger Lists[edit | edit source]

A list of emigrants leaving London in 1636 survives. Other lists dated 1773 to 1776 also survive. Unfortunately, there are no other passenger departure lists until the late nineteenth century.

Records of Emigrants[edit | edit source]

In lieu of passenger lists, genealogists have sought for London emigration records in a variety of other sources. Tens of thousands of records of indentured servants and transported convicts leaving London for America exist. They have been published by Peter Wilson Coldham and others. A master index is available on Ancestry ($). Examples of Coldham's publications include:

Prerogative Court of Canterbury wills identify many Londoners voyaging abroad.

A list of ship's departing from London for the United States in the mid-1800s has been reconstructed using sources stored in the arrival country:

  • The London Compass. Digital versions at Family History Archive: Vol. 2.


Websites[edit | edit source]