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Ancestry.com. England, Alien Arrivals, 1810-1811, 1826-1869 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
Original data:
  • The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) FO 83/21-22 Lists of aliens arriving at English ports.
  • The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) HO 2 Home Office: Aliens Act 1836: Certificates of Arrival of Aliens.
  • The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) HO 3 Home Office: Aliens Act 1836: Returns and Papers.
  • The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) CUST 102/393-395 Account of aliens arriving: certificates of arrival numbers 1-1055.
  • The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) CUST 102/396 Account of aliens arriving, Gravesend: certificates of arrival.

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About England, Alien Arrivals, 1810-1811, 1826-1869

This data collection contains lists of aliens (non-British citizens) arriving in England between 1810 and 1869. The records come from the following National Archives collection series. These records were primarily created as a result of various acts passed by parliament to regulate immigrants and other incoming individuals.

  • FO 83/21-22: Lists of aliens arriving at English ports, August 1810-May 1811; 2 volumes of original lists created under an act passed in 1793 “for establishing regulations respecting Aliens arriving at this Kingdom, or resident therein, in certain cases”
  • HO 2: Certificates of alien arrivals, 1836-1852; 236 volumes of original certificates arranged by port of arrival
  • HO 3: Returns of alien passengers, July 1836-December 1869 (with a gap from January 1861 to December 1866); returns made of alien passengers on ships arriving at British ports as required by the Aliens Act, beginning in 1836; formerly known as Lists of Immigrants; also includes some papers on the drafting of the Act, its administration, and proposals for its revision
  • CUST 102/393-396 Accounts of aliens arriving at London (July-November 1826) and Gravesend (October 1826-August 1837); arranged by certificate of arrival number

The exact information recorded in each collection varies, but generally the following type of information is listed:

  • Name of alien
  • Port of arrival
  • Date of arrival
  • Ship
  • Country of origin, nativity, and/or nationality
  • Age
  • Profession
  • Certificate number
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