Because it has been indexed by name and is searchable by keyword, this outstanding resource is now more accessible
The Genealogical Journal hailed the printed version of the Passenger and Immigration Lists Index as "one of
the greatest contributions to the genealogical literature in the last decade."
Compiled by P. William Filby and published by Gale Research, these records can provide valuable family history
information to those with immigrant ancestors. The knowledge provided here may help you determine additional information such
as the name of the ship on which your ancestors sailed and the location of their naturalization
For each individual listed, you can find the following information:
Name and age of immigrant
Record of where to find more information
Year and place of immigration
Source code of immigration record
Names of family members with whom they traveled
This knowledge may help you determine additional information such as the name of the ship on which your ancestors
sailed and the location of their naturalization.
Review of the first edition by Martha Arends
Locating the time of immigration, the ship your [relative] travelled on, and family members who were included
in the move is one of the most daunting research projects facing genealogists. Ship's records hold the most amount of information
for researchers, but how do you find out on which ship your [relative] sailed, what port they sailed to, and when they arrived?
The Passenger and Immigration Lists Index CD can point you to the records which will give you just that information. This
CD contains information for approximately 3,530,000 million individuals who immigrated to the U.S. during the period of the
1500s to 1940. The records were compiled by Gale Research, Inc. from "passenger lists, naturalizations records, church records,
family and local histories, as well as voter and land registrations."
The index is searchable by name, place, year, source code, or source page number (wildcard searches are allowed).
Unfortunately, you cannot search by ship name, or record title, so you cannot specify a search on the "Mayflower" or "Naturalization
Records." The information is displayed for each individual by clicking the Find Out Additional Information About button, or
you can copy the information to your Family Tree Maker database.
Each individual entry includes the following information:
For example, a search on an ARENDS ancestor resulted in this entry:
- Place: Pennsylvania
- Year: 1731
- Primary Individual: Arend, Hans Bernhard
- Family Members: Wife Anna Maria Decker; Child Anna Catharina; Child Henry; Child Johann Jacob; Child Johann Henrich; Child
Johann Abraham; Child Anna Elisabetha
- Source Code: 1031.9
- Source Name: BURGERT, ANNETTE KUNSELMAN. Eighteenth Century Emigrants from German-Speaking Lands to North America. Publications
of the Pennsylvania German Society, 16/19. Birdsboro, PA: The Pennsylvania German Society. Vol. 2: The Western Palatinate.
- Source Annotation: Date and port of arrival or date and place of naturalization. Span indicates period between last mention
of emigrant in country of origin and first mention of his residence in the New World. "Surname, ..." indicates a variation
of a surname.
- Source Page #: 38
The fields are self-explanatory and offer a good reference to further information (most genealogy libraries
have the references mentioned). The one item I found confusing was the role of the Source Code--I suspect it was an internal
reference number Gale Research assigned to each source they used. I found the Source Code question a frustrating one as I
searched through the Introduction and CD for some reference to it; the introduction simply notes that the Source code is a
"code indicating the specific source containing the immigrant record" but never explains the code any further. It should be
noted that you can conduct a search using the Source Code which will display all individuals contained in that resource. This
is useful if you want to find, for example, all of immigrants listed in Source Code #3703.1 "KANE COUNTY, ILLINOIS NATURALIZATION
RECORDS, 1857-1906" but you must know the Source Code to conduct a search for each specific resource.
A disclaimer in the CD's Introduction states that the information found on the CD is not necessarily accurate,
since locations mentioned can be the location of the immigrant on the date stated, the destination, or the location of settlement.
Likewise dates might indicate the date the individual planned to emigrate, date of death, or the date that document indicates
the individual was in a specific location. Gale Research included those dates for the convenience of researchers, stating
"when someone is searching for an elusive ancestor, all information is helpful."
The Passenger and Immigration Lists Index is a useful resource for researchers searching for immigrant ancestors.
Although limited information is contained for each individual, the CD should be used as a tool for locating source material,
and not seen as a final source of information. The full citations of resources from which the material is compiled allows
researchers to track down further information on their immigrant ancestors. If you are not sure your ancestor is included
on the CD, I recommend searching the Broderbund's CD index before purchasing.
View this CD using the Search/View CD button in Family Tree Maker v3.02 or later, or ask us for a free copy
of the Family Archive Viewer CD when you place your order.
Passenger & Immigration Lists Index 1500s - 1900s CD354 is £34.95.