Wednesday, July 30, 2008

1890 British and Irish passenger lists at WVR

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PROVO, UT, July 30, 2008 — As a result of a recent partnership with British Origins, abstracts of the 1890 British and Irish passenger lists are now online at

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“British Origin’s partnership with brings much needed records to a U.S., as well as a worldwide audience,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Partnerships,, Inc. “British Origins has been great to work with. We look forward to posting more of their records, such as the York Medieval Probate Index and the York Peculiars Probate Index in the next few months.”

These passenger lists contain nearly 200,000 passenger names of people that left British and Irish ports with U.S. and Canadian destinations, as well as one voyage that continued to the West Indies. These records have added value because, in many instances, multiple individuals from the same family were included on these lists.

Each record contains the name of the passenger, nationality, occupation, age, and marital status, as well as the name of the ship, the departure port, and the destination port.

The nationalities of the passengers included in these records are, approximately, 57,000 from Ireland, 100,000 from England, 14,000 from Scotland, and 24,000 from other locations.

Between 1890 and 1920 a large number of ships left from British and Irish ports with North America as the destination. Many of the passengers aboard these ships were emigrants from Great Britain and Ireland. However, many emigrants from other European countries traveled through the UK because the cost to sail from a UK port was cheaper than sailing from a continental port. Since the shipping companies required at least six weeks British residency, many individuals changed their names to avoid detection, rather than waiting for their residency to become valid.

The Passenger Lists were compiled by Peter Coldham, directly from the original lists located at The National Archives, London, and augmented by Canadian and U.S. data.

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