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Ships Passenger Lists

Canada before 1865

There are no comprehensive lists of immigrants arriving in Canada prior to 1865. Until that year, shipping companies were not required by the government to keep their passenger manifests.

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Ships passenger lists for Peter Robinson Settlers sailing 1825 Ireland to Canada are online at

The Passenger Books of J & J Cooke, Shipping Agents gives sailings from Londonderry to Quebec and St. John New Brunswick from 1847 to 1871.

Names of Emigrants from the 1845-1847 Records of James Allison, Emigrant Agent at Montreal an index

Return of Emigrants Landed at the Port of Kingston Ontario, Canada 1861-1882 gives the final destination of the individuals, their date of arrival at Kingston and more.

Emigrants from England in New York City Almshouse 1818-1830 - 254 names of English immigrants to Canada & USA including the name of the ship they sailed on

If you are looking for Irish ancestors, search the online database Immigrants at Grosse-Īle

There are search engines to search multiple websites for ships going to Canada at They include most ships lists on the Internet going to Canada and the online InGeneas databases for immigration to Canada 1800s

Mailing Lists

There is a mailing list called CAN-SHIPSLISTS-PRE1865-L for queries and discussion involving immigration to Canada before 1865.

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USA before 1820

Unless your immigrant ancestor arrived in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, there are no archived lists pre 1820. Philadelphia has archived lists back to 1800

Online Ships Passenger Lists to USA 1400-1600 ~ 1600-1630 ~ 1630-1640 ~ 1640-1670 ~ 1670-1680 ~ 1680-1700 ~ 1700-1730 ~ 1730-1740 ~ 1740-1750 ~ 1750-1760 ~ 1760-1770 ~ 1770-1800 ~ 1800-1810 ~ 1810-1820

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Canada after 1865

The National Archives of Canada (NAC) holds immigration records from 1865 to 1935. The records before 1925 are not indexed. To find a passenger you will need to know an exact date of arrival.

There is no easy way to search Canadian arrival records for the unindexed period other than reading microfilm. See the list of NAC microfilm numbers for passenger lists to Canada 1865-1922 Ships are on the reel, in order of arrival.

Search Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1922 NOTE: these are images and are not indexed by name

The Hawke Papers, letterbooks of Chief Emigrant Agent Anthony B. Hawke searchable database 1865 - 1883

USA after 1820

Online Ships Passenger Lists to USA 1820-1840 ~ 1840-1850 ~ 1850-1860 ~ 1860-1870 ~ 1870-1890 ~ 1890-1900 ~ 1900-1910 ~ 1910-present

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