Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston, Texas 1896-1951. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. Micropublication M1359. RG 85. 36 rolls.
Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Corpus Christi, Texas, and Vicinity, June 1948-Januray 1959. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. Micropublication A3458. RG 85. 13 rolls.
This database is an index to the passenger lists of ships arriving from foreign ports at the port of Galveston, Texas and the subports of Houston, Brownsville, Port Arthur, Sabine, and Texas City, Texas, from 1896-1948. In addition, the names found in the index are linked to actual images of the passenger lists, copied from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) microfilm, M1359, rolls 1-36.*
Information contained in the index includes:
- Ethnicity, nationality or last country of permanent residence
- 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 Galveston. 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 Galveston).
The microcopies of the passenger lists found at NARA are arranged chronologically by arrival date of vessel. If you do not wish to search this database using the search template, the images may be browsed following the chronological arrangement. To browse the images first select the "Arrival Place" in which you would like to search, followed by the "Year", and finally the "Month".
To learn about researching in passenger records consult John P. Colletta's book, They Came In Ships (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993).
*The first roll of microfilm contains some passenger lists from 1893, but none from 1894 or 1895. That is why the database has a beginning year range of 1896.