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Ancestry.com. Baltimore, Passenger Lists, 1820-1948 and 1954-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.
Original data:
  • Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Baltimore, Maryland, 1891-1909. Microfilm Publication T844. RG 85. 150 rolls. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  • Baltimore, Maryland. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Baltimore, Maryland, 1820-1891. Microfilm Publication M255. RG 36. 50 rolls. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  • Quarterly Abstracts of Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Baltimore, 1820-1869. Microfilm Publication M596. RG 36. 6 rolls. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  • Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Baltimore, MD, 1954-1957. Microfilm Publication M1477. RG 85. 34 rolls. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

About Baltimore, Passenger Lists, 1820-1948 and 1954-1957

This database is an index to the passenger lists of ships and airplanes arriving from foreign ports at the port of Baltimore, Maryland, USA, from 1820-1948, and 1954-1957. The names found in the index are linked to actual images of the passenger lists and airplane manifests, digitized from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) microfilm. Information contained in the index includes given name, surname, age, gender, ethnicity, nationality or last country of permanent residence, destination, arrival date, port of arrival, port of departure, ship name, and microfilm roll and page number. This database also contains a few records of immigrants who entered the U.S. at other ports or border crossings and were later asked, when they were living in Baltimore, to fill out immigrant arrival information on passenger lists. Therefore, you may find individuals in this database whose port of arrivals are, for example, St. Albans, Vermont; Portal, North Dakota; Port Huron, Michigan; Tampa, Florida; and others.

Information contained in the index includes:

  • Name

  • Age

  • Gender

  • Ethnicity, nationality or last country of permanent residence

  • Destination

  • Arrival date

  • Port of arrival

  • Port of departure

  • Ship name

  • Microfilm roll and page number

If a name of a friend or relative whom the individual was going to join with, or a place of nativity was provided, that information is included in the index as well. Many of these items may be used to search the index in the search template above.

Many passenger list forms, especially those from the twentieth century, were two pages long. Be sure to click the "Previous" and "Next" buttons in order to see all the images pertaining to a particular manifest.

It is important to note that the port of departure listed on these passenger lists is not always the original port of departure for these individuals. A ship could make several voyages throughout the year, making several stops along way. Oft times the port of departure found on these lists is the most recent port the ship was located at prior to arriving at the port of Baltimore. Therefore, if your ancestors emigrated to the U.S. from Germany, they could be found on a passenger list coming from Liverpool, England (if, in this case, the ship left from Bremen, Germany then continued on to Liverpool, England before arriving in Baltimore).

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