Louisiana, New Orleans Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Passenger Lists
Collection years 1820-1945
Microfilm Publication M259. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Orleans, 1820-1902. 93 rolls.
  T905. Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Orleans, LA, 1910-1945. 189 rolls.
Arrangement By date of arrival
National Archives Identifier 28249274492741
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What is in the Collection?

This collection consists of lists of arrivals in New Orleans, Louisiana for the years 1820 to 1945. It corresponds to two NARA publications:

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.

Passenger arrival lists known as customs manifests date back to 1820. Congressional action in 1891 resulted in federal immigration officials recording the immigrants’ arrival. 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. 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.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Louisiana, New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1820-1945.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Passenger lists prior to 1906 generally include the following information:

  • Name
  • Date of arrival
  • Port of embarkation
  • Name of ship

Passenger lists after 1906 generally include the following information:

  • Name
  • Birth place
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Occupation
  • Nationality
  • Last permanent residence
  • Destination
  • Name and address of relative or friend
  • Port and date of entry
  • Name of ship

Collection Content

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How Do I Search the Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The full name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate date of immigration.

If you do not know this information, check the census records after 1900.

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What Do I Do Next?

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference; see the section Citing this Collection for assistance. Save or print a copy of the image
  • Use the information found in the record to find other records such as emigrations, port records, and ship’s manifests.
  • Use the record to learn your ancestor’s foreign and “Americanized”.
  • Use the record to learn the place of origin and find their church and vital records such as birth, baptism, and marriage records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find land and probate records.
  • Use the record to see if other family members who may have immigrated with the person you are looking for are listed and have additional information or leads; you may also find additional information on new family members in censuses.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county.
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Look for the Declaration of Intent soon after the immigrant arrived. Then look for the Naturalization Petition five years later, when the residency requirement would have been met. Look for naturalization records in federal courts, then in state, county, or city courts. An individual may have filed the first and final papers in different courts and sometimes in a different state if the person moved. Immigrants who were younger than 18 when they arrived did not need to file a Declaration of Intent as part of the process.
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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"Louisiana, New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1820-1945." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing NARA microfilm publications M259 and T905. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
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