Passenger Lists to America

Newspapers routinely published the list of passengers on board ships bound to and from America. Here are just a few examples of the thousands of passenger lists published in newspapers that can be found in GenealogyBank.

Newspapers published not just lists of immigrants coming to America but also regularly published passenger lists of American’s going overseas; American’s returning home to the US and American’s traveling within the United States by ship.

Notice in this example from the Irish-American newspaper, The Shamrock (17 Aug 1816) – published in New York City – that these passengers left from the port of Sligo, Ireland on board the brig Juno and landed in New London, CT. There they boarded the “sloop MacDonough” which in turn set sail for New York City – where they arrived on 16 August 1816.

This pre-1820 passenger list tells us that these immigrants landed twice on their trip to America, that they took two ships to finally reach their destination – an alert that their names will appear on two different passenger lists. Once on the passenger list for the brig Juno that landed in New London, CT and again on the passenger list for the sloop MacDonough that landed in New York City.

Notice also that this passenger list gives the hometown or county of origin of each passenger. Critical information that is almost never given in the Federal post-1820 passenger lists.

Tip: Passenger lists were not collected by the government until 1820 – these early lists can be difficult if not impossible to find. Newspapers are a terrific source for Colonial passenger lists.

Click on these links to see a few examples of the thousands of passenger lists, published in newspapers that can be found in GenealogyBank.

Passenger Lists of Columbus, GA
3 April 1894. Steamer Queen City.
Columbus (GA) Daily Inquirer. 3 April 1894.

Passenger Lists New Orleans, LA
20 February 1869. Steamship Crescent City. From New York City.
Times Picayune. 20 February 1869.
23 October 1872. Steamship Saxonia. Left for Hamburg (Germany) by way of Havana (Cuba), Santander (Spain) and Havre (France).
Times Picayune. 23 October 1872. p. 1
29 April 1873. Steamship John G. Meiggs. Left for Aspinwall (Panama); Port Limon (Costa Rica); and Havanna (Cuba).
Times Picayune. 29 April 1873. p. 8
25 August 1875. Steamship City of Merida. Arrived from Vera Cruz, Tuxpan, and Tampico – all ports in Mexico.
Times Picayune. 25 August 1875. p. 1

Passenger Lists New York City, NY
11 June 1819. Ship Amity. Left for Liverpool (England)
Philadelphia Inquirer. 12 June 1819. p. 3
11 June 1819. Ship Atlantic. From Liverpool (England)
Philadelphia Inquirer. 12 June 1819. p. 3
11 June 1819. Ship Magnet. From Liverpool (England)
Philadelphia Inquirer. 12 June 1819. p. 3
12 June 1848. Steamship Washington. From Southampton (England), by way of Halifax (Nova Scotia).
New York Herald. 16 Jan 1848. p. 2

Passenger Lists Philadelphia, PA
5 Nov 1881. Steamship City of Savannah. Departed for Savannah (Georgia).
Philadelphia Inquirer. 7 Nov 1881. p. 2
13 July 1883. Steamship Niagara. Marine Disaster. Burned off the coast of Florida.
Philadelphia Inquirer. 14 July 1883. p. 1
23 June 1891. Steamship Polynesia. Enroute from Hamburg, Germany.
Philadelphia Inquirer. 23 June 1891. p. 4
10 September 1901. Steamship Alleghany. Enroute from the South.
Philadelphia Inquirer. 10 September 1901. p. 16

Passenger Lists San Francisco, CA
6 September 1871.
San Francisco Bulletin. 6 September 1871. p. 3

Click here to download and search the complete 1819/1820 Passenger List for all US ports. This free resource is a good example of genealogical content in the historical newspapers, books and documents that can be found in GenealogyBank.
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Minnesota newspapers 1849-1922, 1986-Today online

Minnesota is 151 years old today.

Minnesota became the 32nd state on May 11, 1858.

The vote wasn’t unanimous – the New York Herald (12 May 1858) reported that the vote was 157 for and 38 against admitting Minnesota into the Union.

(Illustration is from GenealogyBank Historical Books; an advertising card by Henry Beard, printed in St. Paul, MN in 1881).

That’s the wonderful thing about GenealogyBank – we are able to read newspapers from across the country and get the details of the history of our state as that history was made. GenealogyBank has Minnesota newspapers dating from 1849 – before statehood.

Cloquet, MN
Pine Journal (Cloquet, MN). 5/17/2006-Current

Duluth, MN
Budgeteer News (Duluth, MN). 6/9/2006-Current
Duluth News-Tribune. 5/16/1881 – 12/31/1922
Duluth News-Tribune (MN). 1/1/1995-Current
Lake Superior News. 7/4/1878 – 1/27/1881
Lake Superior Review and Weekly Tribune. 1/6/1876 – 2/10/1889
Minnesotian-Herald. 4/24/1869 – 5/11/1878

International Falls, MN
Daily Journal (International Falls, MN). 8/25/2000-Current

Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis Journal. 1/1/1895 – 12/31/1900
Star Tribune (MN). 1/21/1986-Current

St. Cloud, MN
St. Cloud Times (MN). 2/4/1999-Current

St. Paul, MN
St. Paul Daily Pioneer. 4/28/1849 – 12/29/1872
St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN). 3/25/1988-Current

Two Harbors, MN
Lake County News-Chronicle (Two Harbors, MN). 5/11/2006-Current

World’s Oldest Mom, age 110 – over 1,000 descendants

Happy Mother’s Day!

Clementine (Robicheaux) Breaux, the widow of Paul Breaux, must have set a record.

As of March 19, 1915 – she was still going strong at age 110 – the mother of 13 children and the matriarch of more than 1,000 descendants born in her lifetime. She lived in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana and her family lived there in Thibodaux and “scattered over the entire state” of Louisiana.

Even though she was 110 years old according to the article in the Duluth (MN) News Tribune (19 March 1915) she was still active.

Her eyesight was still good enough “to permit the threading of a needle” and she enjoyed “getting out in the yard and feeding the chickens and poultry.”

You learn the most amazing things about your family in these old newspapers.

GenealogyBank has over 3,800 newspapers from across the country. Give it a try right now.

So – here’s to our mothers everywhere, of all generations.

Happy Mother’s Day!
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David Rencher named Chief Genealogical Officer of Family History Department (Salt Lake City)

The Family History Department (Salt Lake City, UT) names David Rencher to new position – Chief Genealogical Officer.

Today’s announcement from Jay Verkler reads:

I am pleased to announce the creation of a new position in the Family History Department: Chief Genealogical Officer (CGO). This key role will be filled by David Rencher, a 28-year veteran in the department and the genealogical community.

The position of Chief Genealogical Officer ensures that the genealogical integrity of FamilySearch is maintained at the highest levels. The CGO will make sure that a genealogical perspective is reflected in our operational and strategic direction and that the department’s many efforts are connected to the genealogical community.

David’s responsibilities will focus on four major areas:
Genealogical Soundness of the Organization
· Strengthening the genealogical focus of the department’s products, services, and processes
· Providing input to the Strategy Team for genealogical issues
· Maintaining and growing genealogical expertise in partnership with the genealogical community

Record Strategy
· Providing input on the overall record strategy for FamilySearch
· Using genealogical experience and contacts to help build an open FamilySearch environment
· Providing input on third-party affiliation opportunities

Marketing
· Leveraging the genealogical community to assist FamilySearch goals
· Providing input regarding outbound marketing to the genealogical community · Speaking at key genealogical conferences to share FamilySearch messages

Public Outreach
· Providing a public face to the genealogical community for communication · Interacting with the media to promote FamilySearch objectives
· Assisting with V.I.P. visits and tours
· Expanding the network of key genealogical contacts worldwide

In addition to his new role as the Chief Genealogical Officer, David will continue as director of the Planning and Coordination Division. David will continue to report to Russ Stay for Information Divisions-related issues and will report to Jay Verkler on CGO issues.

We wish David well and ask for your support as he takes on these important new responsibilities.

Jay L. Verkler
Managing Director for FamilySearch

Lowell, MA newspaper archive (1830-1879, 2001-Today) live on GenealogyBank


Photo: The confluence of the Concord and the Merrimack Rivers in Lowell, Massachusetts. Photo by Britt Stock, U.S. Geological Survey. (Photo courtesy, USGS.Gov)

Lowell, MA newspaper archive (1830-1879, 2001-Today) live on GenealogyBank.com

Click here to search all Lowell, Massachusetts newspapers.

Click here to search each newspaper by title:
Lowell Daily Citizen and News 1856-1879
Lowell Mercury 1830-1833

Lowell Patriot 1835-1837
Sun 2001-Today

Archivists that have recently passed away

These archivists have recently passed away.

Sister Veronica Grzelak. (1926-2009)
Archivist for Immaculate Heart of Mary Province for ten years
Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, CT) – May 3, 2009

Nicholson, Harman C.B. (1920-2009)
Archivist to the Chief of the Highland Clan MacNicol (Scotland)
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA) – April 29, 2009

Rehberg, Lois E. (Lawrie). (1923-2009)
Bay View Historical Society and Archives
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) – May 6, 2009

Smiley, Jane Rittenhouse. (1919-2009)
Librarian and archivist for Swarthmore’s Friends Historical Library
Poughkeepsie Journal (NY) – April 29, 2009

Tavener, Gilbert Y., Rev. Dr. (1921-2009)
St. George’s School, Gilbert Y. Taverner Archives, named in his honor
Concord Journal (MA) – April 27, 2009

Genealogist Obituaries – genealogists in 10 states pass away

Genealogists in 10 States pass away.
IN, KY, LA, NH, NY, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT

Allred, LaRue Winn. (1923-2009)
Standard-Examiner (Ogden, UT) – May 7, 2009

Alloway, Frances Patricia. (1917-2009)
Indianapolis Star (IN) – May 7, 2009

Baker, Rosaline Tilley. (1930-2009)
Dallas Morning News (TX) – May 7, 2009

Barnes, Major Arch Dalrymple. (1921-2009)
Dallas Morning News (TX) – May 7, 2009

Bradford, Jimmie E. (1925-2009)
Dallas Morning News (TX) – May 8, 2009

Gigas, Marguerite M. (1920-2009)
Concord Monitor (NH) – May 7, 2009

Honeywell, Lois Marie. (1939-2009)
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – May 7, 2009

Lancour, Marguerite C. (1917-2009)
Rutland Herald (VT) – May 7, 2009

Lipscomb, Richard Rowley. (1911-2009)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) – May 7, 2009

Robbins, William L., Sr. (1930-2009)
Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA) – May 6, 2009

Roberts, Earl. (1910-2009)
Knoxville News Sentinel (TN) – May 8, 2009

Stringham, Genevieve Marie. (1912-2009)
Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT) – May 7, 2009

Temple, Horace LaFoe. (1916-2009)

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer (KY) – May 6, 2009

Wilson, Kimberly Ann. (1965-2009)
Jackson Sun (TN) – May 7, 2009

Space age technology unraveling ancient manuscripts

Alexandra Alter reports in today’s Wall Street Journal on global projects to digitize and make available the world’s ancient manuscripts that have long been unreadable. Click here to read her article: The Next Age of Discovery. (Wall Street Journal, 8 May 2009).

“Archivists at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore used multispectral imaging to read this palimpsest, or text that had been scraped off and written over by a later scribe. The text had been covered up by a 13th-century monk who scraped the parchment with pumice and used the pages to write a prayer book. Multispectral imaging revealed a hidden mathematical treatise by the Greek mathematician Archimedes (above).”

Universities across the country: University of Kentucky, Brigham Young University, Oxford, British Library, Library of Congress, St. John’s Abbey & University in Minnesota, Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (Texas), University of Michigan, Berkeley, Columbia University are all working to preserve the world’s oldest records. They are harnessing 3-D X-ray scanning, NASA multispectral imaging and the latest tools to digitize and preserve the world’s oldest manuscripts.
These projects have saved thousands of manuscripts that were otherwise unreadable and that were slowly deteriorating.
“Brent Seales, a computer scientist at the University of Kentucky, is pioneering the “virtual unrolling” technique for fragile or burned scrolls. Prof. Seales plans to test 3-D X-ray scanning on two papyrus scrolls from Pompeii that were charred by volcanic ash in 79 A.D.”

“Multispectral imaging — originally developed by NASA to capture satellite images through clouds — has proved remarkably effective on everything from ancient papyrus scrolls to medieval manuscripts that were scraped off and written over when scribes recycled parchment pages. Using the technique, which captures high-resolution images in different light wavelengths, scholars can see details invisible to the naked eye: For example, infrared light highlights ink containing carbon from crushed charcoal, while ultraviolet light picks up ink containing iron.”

It’s a great day for genealogy – and the world’s scholars are extending our reach even further back in time with space age technology.
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US Army Register, full-text, digital copies on GenealogyBank

GenealogyBank has over 250,000 historical documents and books.

One of the more popular titles is the US Army Register.

This annual register gives genealogical information about the personnel in the US Army. There are similar publications for the US Navy and US Air Force etc.

The first Army Register was issued in 1813. The format and specific information has varied over the years – but generally the entries include the person’s name, rank, birthdate/place and details of their military service.

Click here to search all of the historical documents in GenealogyBank

Click on the links below to go directly to the annual volumes of the US Army Register. Over the next few days I will post the links to the earlier volumes.

1940
Official Army Register, January 1, 1940.
1941
Official Army Register, January 1, 1941.
1942
Official Army Register, January 1, 1942.
1943
Official Army Register, January 1, 1943.
1944
Official Army Register. 1 January 1944.
1945
Official Army Register. 1 January 1945.
1946
Official Army Register. Volume I. 1 January 1946.
1947
Official Army Register. Vol. I. 1 January, 1947.
1948
Official Army and Air Force Register.
Official Army and Air Force Register. Volume II. R to end. I January 1948.
1949
Official Army Register. Vol. I. United States Army, active and retired lists. 1 January, 1949.
1950
Official Army Register, Volume I. United States Army, active and retired lists, 1 January 1950.
Official Army Register. Vol. II. Officers’ honorary retired list. 1 January 1950.
1951
Official Army Register. Vol. I. United States Army, active and retired lists. 1 January 1951.
Official Army Register. Volume II. Officers’ honorary retired list, 1 January 1951.
1952
Official Army Register. Volume I. United States Army active and retired lists. 1 January 1952.
1953
Official Army Register. Volume I. United States Army, active and retired lists. 1 January 1953.
Official Army Register, Volume II Army of the United States and other retired lists. 1 January 1953.
Official Army Register. Volume III, Officers’ honorary retired list. 1 January 1953.
1954
Official Army Register. Volume I, United States Army active and retired lists. 1 January 1954.
Official Army Register. Volume II, Army of the United States and other retired lists 1 January 1954.
1955
Official Army Register. Volume I, United States Army active and retired lists. 1 January 1955.
Official Army Register. Volume II, Army of the United States and other retired lists. 1 January 1955.
1956
Official Army Register. Volume I. United States Army active and retired lists. 1 January 1956.
Official Army Register. Volume II. Army of the United States and other retired lists. 1 January 1956.
1957
U.S. Army Register. United States Army active and retired lists. 1 January 1957.
U.S. Army Register, Volume II. Army of the United States and other retired lists, 1 January 1957.
1958
U.S. Army Register. Volume I. United States Army active and retired lists. 1 January 1958. U.S. Army Register. Volume II. Army of the United States and other retired lists. 1 January 1958.
1959
U.S. Army Register. Volume I. United States Army active and retired lists. 1 January 1959.
U.S. Army Register. Volume II. Army of the United States Army of the United States and other retired lists, 1 January 1959.
1960
U.S. Army Register. Volume I. United States Army active and retired lists. 1 January 1960. U.S. Army Register. Volume II. Army of the United States and other retired lists. 1 January 1960.
1961
U.S. Army Register, Volume I. United States Army Active and Retired List, 1 January 1961.
1962
U.S. Army Register. [Volumes I, II, and III.] United States Army, active and retired list. January 1, 1962.
1963
U.S. Army Register. Volume 1. United States Army. Active and Retired List. 1 January 1963.
1964
Army Register. Volume I. United States Army Active and Retired List. 1 January 1964.
1965
U.S. Army Register. Volume I. United States Army. Active and Retired List. 1 January 1965.
1966
U.S. Army Register. Volume I. United States Army active and retired list. 1 January 1966.
1967
U.S. Army Register. Volume I. Active lists. 1 January 1967.
U.S. Army Register. Volume II. Retired lists. 1 January 1967.
1968
U.S. Army Register. Volume I. Regular Army active list. 1 January 1968
U.S. Army Register. Volume II. Army NGUS, USAR and other active lists. 1 January 1968.
U.S. Army Register. Volume III. Retired lists. 1 January 1968.

GenealogyBank adds 9 newspapers from 6 states

GenealogyBank is expanding it’s coverage adding 9 newspapers from 6 states: California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri and North Carolina

California
Daily Independent (Ridgecrest, CA)
Obituaries: 04/11/2009 – Current
Death Notices: 04/07/2009 – Current

Colorado
Bent County Democrat (Las Animas, CO)
Obituaries: 04/13/2009 – Current
Death Notices: 04/07/2009 – Current

Illinois
Clay County Advocate-Press (Flora, IL)

Obituaries: 04/10/2009 – Current
Death Notices: 03/27/2009 – Current

News Tribune (La Salle, IL)
Obituaries: 12/02/1997 – Current
Death Notices: 09/24/1997 – Current

Massachusetts
Raynham Call
(Raynham, MA)
Obituaries: 07/10/2007 – Current
Death Notices: 04/18/2007 – Current

Missouri
Boonville Daily News (Boonville, MO)

Obituaries: 04/06/2008 – Current
Death Notices: 04/02/2008 – Current

Constitution-Tribune (Chillicothe, MO)
Obituaries: 04/11/2009 – Current
Death Notices: 04/06/2009 – Current

Daily Guide (Waynesville, MO)
Obituaries: 04/11/2009 – Current
Death Notices: 03/25/2009 – Current

North Carolina
Topsail Voice (Hampstead, NC)
Obituaries: 10/29/2008 – Current
Death Notices: 09/10/2008 – Current