Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Passenger List Index
Record Group RG 36: Records of the United States Customs Service
Collection years 1800-1906
Microfilm Publication M360. Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Philadelphia, 1800-1906. 151 rolls.
Arrangement Alphabetical
National Archives Identifier 564980365
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What is in the Collection?

Index to ships arrivals in Philadelphia. This collection corresponds with NARA publication M360: Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1800-1906 and is part of Record Group 36 Records of the U.S. Customs Service. The collection is arranged by ship name.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists Index, 1800-1906.

What Can these Records Tell Me?

These records usually contain the following information:

  • Family or surname
  • Given name
  • Accompanied by
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Marital status
  • Occupation
  • Nationality
  • Last permanent address
  • Destination
  • Port of entry
  • Name of vessel
  • Date of entry


Collection Content

Sample Image

How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • At least one other piece of information

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.

  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.

  1. Select NARA Roll Number - Contents

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.


For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Now?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.


I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the information to find other records such as emigrations, port records, ship’s manifests, birth, christening, census, and land records.
  • Learn foreign and “Americanized” names
  • Use the information to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Pennsylvania, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Pennsylvania Archives and Libraries.
  • Search in the FamilySearch Library Catalog


Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists Index, 1800-1906." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing NARA microfilm publication M360. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
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