A full list of sources can be found here.
This database is an index to the passenger lists of ships arriving from foreign ports at the port of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1800-1962. The names found in the index are linked to actual images of the passenger lists, digitized from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) microfilm A3543 rolls 1-8, microfilm A3544 roll 1, microfilm M425 rolls 1-108, microfilm T840 rolls 1-181, microfilm A4228 rolls 1-7 and microfilm A4229 rolls 1-5.
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
Other listed information may include the name of a friend or relative whom the individual was going to join or a place of nativity. 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 Philadelphia. Therefore, if your ancestors immigrated to the United States 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 Philadelphia).
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 "Year" in which you would like to search, followed by the "Month," and finally the "Ship Name.
To learn about researching in passenger records consult John P. Colletta, They Came In Ships (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993).