Louisiana, New Orleans Passenger Lists - FamilySearch Historical Records
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- 1 Collection Time Period
- 2 Record Description
- 3 How to Use the Record
- 4 Record History
- 5 Known Issues with This Collection
- 6 Related Websites
- 7 Related Wiki Articles
- 8 Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections
- 9 Sources of Information for This Collection
Collection Time Period[edit | edit source]
This collection includes the years 1820 to 1945.
Record Description[edit | edit source]
The passenger lists are digital copies of the original records. The earliest records are handwritten pages. Later records are usually handwritten on pre-printed pages. The records are arranged by the date of entry into port.
This collection consists of lists of arrivals in New Orleans, Louisiana. It corresponds to two NARA publications:
- M259: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Orleans, Louisiana, 1820-1902
- T905: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Orleans, Louisiana, 1903-1945
Record Content[edit | edit source]
Passenger lists prior to 1906 generally include the following information:
- Date of arrival
- Port of embarkation
- Name of ship
Passenger lists after 1906 generally include the following information:
- Birth place
- Last permanent residence
- Name and address of relative or friend
- Port and date of entry
- Name of ship
How to Use the Record[edit | edit source]
To begin your search it is helpful to know the full name of your ancestor and the approximate date of immigration. If you do not know this information, check the census records after 1900.
Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.
For example, you can use passenger lists to:
- Learn an immigrant’s place of origin
- Confirm their date of arrival
- Learn foreign and “Americanized” names
- Find records in his or her country of origin such as emigrations, port records, or ship’s manifests
You may also find these tips helpful:
- If your ancestor had a common name, be sure to look at all the entries for a name before you decide which is correct.
- Continue to search the passenger lists to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who may have immigrated at the same time.
- If your ancestor has an uncommon surname, you may want to obtain the passenger list of every person who shares your ancestor’s surname if they lived in the same county or nearby. You may not know how or if they are related, but the information could lead you to more information about your own ancestors.
If you do not find the name you are looking for, try the following:
- Check for variant spellings of the name.
- Look for an index. Records are often indexed by local historical and genealogical societies.
- Search the passenger lists year by year.
- Search the indexes of other port cities.
Record History[edit | edit source]
Passenger arrival lists known as customs manifests date back to 1820. Congressional action in 1891 resulted in federal immigration officials recording the immigrants’ arrival.
Why the Record Was Created[edit | edit source]
Arrival lists was used by legal authorities to gather personal information about immigrants prior to the person being allowed to live in the United States.
Record Reliability[edit | edit source]
The information was supplied by the immigrant or a traveling companion (usually a family member). Incorrect information was occasionally given, or mistakes may have been made when the clerk guessed at the spelling of foreign names.
Known Issues with This Collection[edit | edit source]
Problem: While browsing this collection, when I click on a heading, I am directed to the wrong records. Why can’t I find the right records?
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Related Websites[edit | edit source]
Related Wiki Articles[edit | edit source]
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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections[edit | edit source]
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Example of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection[edit | edit source]
"Lousiana, New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1820-1945" images FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 23 September 2011). entry for Matilde Hirsch, sailed from Panama April 28, 1910; citing Passenger Lists, 1903-1945 (NARA T905), 030-1 May 1910, Image 15; National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C. United States.
Sources of Information for This Collection[edit | edit source]
Louisiana. New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1820-1945 (NARA M259 and T905). National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.