Tracing ‘Titanic’ Genealogy: Survivor Passenger Lists & More

Introduction: Gena Philibert-Ortega is a genealogist and author of the book “From the Family Kitchen.” In this guest blog post, Gena searches old newspapers to find out more about the tragedy of the sinking of the Titanic—and shows how helpful those articles can be with your own family history research.

The Titanic was fast sinking. After she went down the cries were horrible. This was at 2:20 a.m. by a man’s watch who stood next to me. At this time three other boats and ours kept together by being tied to each other. The cries continued to come over the water. Some of the women implored Officer Lowe, of No.14, to divide his passengers among the three other boats and go back to rescue. His first answer to those requests was, “You ought to be damn glad you are here and have got your own life.” —Affidavit of Titanic first-class passenger Daisy Minahan*

photo of the Titanic departing Southampton, England, on 10 April 1912

Photo: the Titanic departing Southampton, England, on 10 April 1912. Credit: F. G. O. Stuart; Wikipedia.

Quite often, in the frantic rush to get the story of a disaster out to the public, the initial news reports are not correct. Today we know only too well what happened on that frigidly cold night in April 1912 when the Titanic hit an iceberg and subsequently sank. At the beginning of its doomed voyage on April 10th there were 2,224 passengers and crew aboard the Titanic when it sailed from England, but in the earliest hours of April 15th there were only 700 survivors.**

Few details about the Titanic sinking existed for the newspapers to report on the morning of April 15th. In an era before more modern technologies, the wireless and its brief messages via Morse code were all that the newspapers had to go on. In this example from a South Carolina newspaper, the first paragraph reports that the Titanic sent out a distress call reporting they were sinking and “women were being put off in the life boats.”

Readers may notice that this news article reports the distress call Titanic sent out was “CQD,” not the more familiar “SOS.” CQD was a distress call used prior to SOS that indicated “All Stations Distress.” Although this newspaper article indicated CQD was sent out by the Titanic wireless operators, they actually used both distress signals in their radio pleas for help.***

Queen of Ocean (Titanic) May Be Sinking, State newspaper article 15 April 1912

State (Columbia, South Carolina), 15 April 1912, page 1

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Some of these very early newspaper reports about the sinking of the Titanic had few correct facts. In this example from a California newspaper, not only does the article report that all Titanic passengers are safe—it says that the “Disabled Ship Is Proceeding under Own Steam.”

All People on the Steamship Titanic Are Safe, Evening News newspaper article 15 April 1912

Evening News (San Jose, California), 15 April 1912, page 1

As time went on, first-hand accounts of Titanic survivors who were rescued by the steamship Carpathia began to appear in the newspapers. These published Titanic survivor stories were important in helping the public on both sides of the ocean better understand the tragedy. For example, in this article from a Pennsylvania newspaper, an unnamed Carpathia passenger tells of witnessing the Titanic lifeboats approach the Carpathia. Describing the survivors as they came aboard the rescue ship, this witness stated:

There were husbands without wives, wives without husbands, parents without children and children without parents. But there was no demonstration. No sobs, scarcely a spoken word. They seemed to be stunned.

Lifeboats Leave Titanic as the Ship's Band Plays, Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper article 19 April 1912

Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), 19 April 1912, page 4

Little by little, lists of names of those rescued Titanic passengers and those who had perished were printed in the newspapers. This list from a North Dakota newspaper shows the third-class passengers rescued and taken aboard the Carpathia.

List of Third Class Passengers Taken from Titanic, Grand Forks Daily Herald newspaper article 18 April 1912

Grand Forks Daily Herald (Grand Forks, North Dakota), 18 April 1912, page 2

For those awaiting news of loved ones, these piecemeal Titanic survivor lists that appeared must have made the pain unbearable—unless your family member or friend’s name appeared on one of the early lists, in which case the relief was surely overwhelming.

List of Titanic Survivors Rescued from the Sea, Idaho Statesman newspaper article 18 April 1912

Idaho Statesman (Boise, Idaho), 18 April 1912, page 2

Because these lists of names from the Titanic were printed as soon as they were acquired, mistakes were made and later corrections had to be published. In this Titanic victims list from the ship MacKay Bennett, names of shipwreck victims according to their “class” are accounted. Those deceased passengers whose names were previously misspelled are now corrected.

Titanic Dead List Revised, Belleville News Democrat newspaper article 24 April 1912

Belleville News Democrat (Belleville, Illinois), 24 April 1912, page 2

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This California newspaper article names 27 bodies that were recovered from the icy waters of the North Atlantic. In some cases the names didn’t appear on the passenger list, so it was assumed they were the bodies of Titanic crew members. Obviously, identifying all of the shipwreck victims was not easy since many of them were “clad only in sleeping garments.”

Cable Ship Sends List of Bodies Identified (from the Titanic), San Diego Union newspaper article 23 April 1912

San Diego Union (San Diego, California), 23 April 1912, page 1

What happened to the victims of the Titanic? The steamship MacKay Bennett, charted by the White Star Line, recovered over 300 bodies. Some bodies were placed in coffins and transported back to Halifax where they were either released to family for burial, or buried in three Titanic cemeteries in Halifax. Those that were too damaged or decomposed were reburied at sea.****

For a list of victims and their burial sites, including lists for each Titanic cemetery, see the Encyclopedia Titanica, http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-victims-list/.

While some may believe that the Titanic’s 700 survivors were lucky, not all went on to live happily ever after. Daisy Minahan, whose testimony was shared above, was admitted to a sanitarium for pneumonia shortly after the disaster and then died of tuberculosis seven years later at the young age of 40.*****

Eight former Titanic passengers committed suicide later in their lives. One of the Titanic crew, Violet Jessop, survived the Titanic sinking and then survived the sinking of her sister ship, the HMHS Britannic, four years later.

Thankfully, after the sinking of the Titanic inquiries in England and the United States resulted in additional passenger ship safety measures such as lifeboat drills and the inclusion of enough lifeboats for all passengers, iceberg monitoring, and changes to ship design. While too late for those who lost their lives on the once-deemed unsinkable ship, it did help prevent tragedies of the same magnitude.

Please share in the comments section any Titanic stories you’ve run across in your own family history research.

Related Titanic articles:

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* United States Inquiry Day 16. Affidavit of Daisy Minahan. Titanic Inquiry Project. Accessed 4 April 2014 http://www.titanicinquiry.org/USInq/AmInq16Minahan01.php.
** About RMS Titanic. Encyclopedia Titanica. Accessed 4 April 2014 http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/.
*** Rescue at Sea. CQD and SOS. American Experience. Accessed 4 April 2014 http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/rescue/peopleevents/pandeAMEX88.html.
**** Titanic victims buried at sea shown in unique photograph by Philip Hind. Encyclopedia Titanic. Accessed 4 April 2014 http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-news/titanic-victims-buried-at-sea-shown-in-unique-photograph.html.
***** Miss Daisy E. Minahan. Encyclopedia Titanica. Accessed 4 April 2014 http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-survivor/daisy-minahan.html.

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Top Genealogy Websites: North Carolina Genealogy Resources for Records

It’s exciting to see the daily growth of North Carolina newspapers and genealogical resources going online.

Here are two key websites you need to be familiar with and rely upon for family history information from the “Tar Heel State”: GenealogyBank and FamilySearch.

a collage of images showing North Carolina genealogy records from GenealogyBank and FamilySearch

Credit: GenealogyBank and FamilySearch

GenealogyBank’s North Carolina Newspapers Collection

GenealogyBank has North Carolina newspapers covered from 1787 to Today.

Our North Carolina newspaper archives contain more than 130 newspapers to cover the history of the Southern state and its people (see the complete list at the end of this article).

Access the North Carolina newspapers with these two links:

Search North Carolina Newspaper Archives (1787 – 1993)

Search North Carolina Recent Obituaries (1988 – Current)

You can also use the nifty map below. Just click on the dots in your NC area of interest to get a popup containing the listing information for that title. Click the hyperlink in the listing to go directly to the newspaper search page. You can also get the full screen version of the map.

Searching through these North Carolina newspapers, you can pull up a news article giving all of the details about special family occasions, such as a wedding. You’ll find information about your family tree that just can’t be found anywhere else.

This 1911 wedding announcement is a good example. It gives a detailed, personal story of the couple’s wedding, as reported that day by the family to the press.

Crutchfield-Stainback wedding announcement, Charlotte Observer newspaper article 4 August 1911

Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, North Carolina), 4 August 1911, page 7

We can learn about their wedding and celebrate it, now that it’s preserved online.

North Carolina Marriage Registers at FamilySearch

FamilySearch is adding to the celebration by putting up the old North Carolina marriage registers from 1762-1979 online. See: https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1726957

photo of North Carolina marriage registers available through FamilySearch

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According to FamilySearch’s website, this collection contains the “name index and images of marriage records from North Carolina county courthouses. These records include licenses, marriage applications, marriage bonds, marriage certificates, marriage packets and cohabitation registers. Currently, portions of the following counties are represented in this collection: Alamance, Alexander, Anson, Ashe, Beaufort, Bladen, Buncombe, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Camden, Carteret, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Cherokee, Chowan, Cleveland, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Davidson, Davie, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Gates, Granville, Halifax, Hanover, Hyde, Johnston, Lincoln, Macon, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Northampton, Pitt, Richmond, Rowan, Surry, Wilkes. This collection is 46% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed.”

These online NC newspapers and marriage registers are powerful genealogy research tools.

It is a great day for North Carolina genealogy!

Here is the complete list of all 133 North Carolina newspapers in GenealogyBank’s online collection.

Discover a variety of genealogy records and news stories in these 26 North Carolina newspapers:

Search recent obituary records for your relatives in these 107 North Carolina newspapers:

Click on the image below to download a printable list of the North Carolina Newspapers in GenealogyBank for your future reference. You can save to your desktop and click the individual titles to go directly to your newspaper of interest. Simply go to the file tab and click print.

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GenealogyBank Has More than 100 North Carolina Newspapers

GenealogyBank Has More than 100 North Carolina Newspapers

GenealogyBank has a strong and growing archive of newspapers from all 50 U.S. states. Our historical newspaper archives contain more than 100 old and recent newspaper titles from North Carolina: from Charlotte to New Bern to Chapel Hill to Raleigh to Danbury.

We’ve got the online genealogy resources you need to document your N.C. family history.

State City Title Dates
NC Albemarle Stanly News and Press 1/2/2007 – Current
NC Apex Apex Herald 10/2/2009 – Current
NC Asheboro Courier-Tribune 4/6/2010 – Current
NC Asheboro Randolph Guide 4/6/2008 – Current
NC Blowing Rock Blowing Rocket 10/2/2009 – Current
NC Boone Mountain Times 2/4/2011 – Current
NC Burgaw Pender Chronicle 10/28/2009 – Current
NC Burgaw Pender Post 10/8/2009 – Current
NC Cary Cary News 2/13/2011 – Current
NC Chapel Hill Chapel Hill Herald 1/1/2002 – Current
NC Chapel Hill Chapel Hill News 5/3/2000 – Current
NC Charlotte Africo-American Presbyterian 12/21/1899 – 12/21/1899
NC Charlotte Carolina Israelite 2/1/1944 – 12/1/1958
NC Charlotte Charlotte News 12/11/1888 – 9/29/1922
NC Charlotte Charlotte Observer 3/13/1892 – 12/31/1922
NC Charlotte Charlotte Observer 1/1/1992 – Current
NC Charlotte Charlotte Post 2/3/2011 – Current
NC Clinton Sampson Independent 4/18/2010 – Current
NC Danbury Stokes News 12/20/2007 – Current
NC Durham Herald-Sun 1/1/2002 – Current
NC Elizabeth City Daily Advance 11/9/2004 – Current
NC Elizabethtown Bladen Journal 2/23/2007 – Current
NC Elkin Tribune 9/19/2007 – Current
NC Fayetteville American 4/26/1816 – 4/11/1827
NC Fayetteville Fayetteville Observer 1/18/1988 – Current
NC Forest City Daily Courier 1/1/2005 – Current
NC Fuquay-Varina Cleveland Post 1/18/2007 – Current
NC Fuquay-Varina Fuquay-Varina Independent 10/2/2009 – Current
NC Garner Garner News 10/2/2009 – Current
NC Greensboro Daily Record 3/17/1906 – 11/30/1929
NC Greensboro Greensboro Daily News 7/20/1909 – 11/30/1980
NC Greensboro Greensboro News and Record 4/11/1985 – 4/20/1985
NC Greensboro Greensboro Record 9/5/1927 – 2/28/1983
NC Greensboro News & Record 1/1/1990 – Current
NC Greenville Daily Reflector 8/30/2004 – Current
NC Halifax North-Carolina Journal 8/1/1792 – 9/11/1797
NC Hampstead Topsail Voice 9/10/2008 – Current
NC Henderson Daily Dispatch 4/10/2002 – Current
NC Hickory Hickory Daily Record 2/10/2011 – Current
NC High Point High Point Enterprise 4/14/2007 – Current
NC Holly Springs Holly Springs Sun 7/10/2008 – Current
NC Kannapolis Independent Tribune 2/20/2010 – Current
NC Kannapolis Kannapolis Citizen 4/1/2008 – 5/12/2009
NC Laurinburg Laurinburg Exchange 1/2/2006 – Current
NC Lenoir News-Topic 11/12/2008 – Current
NC Littleton True Reformer 7/25/1900 – 7/25/1900
NC Lousiburg Franklin Times 10/3/2009 – Current
NC Lumberton Robesonian 1/1/2004 – Current
NC Marion McDowell News 2/12/2011 – Current
NC Monroe Enquirer-Journal 10/1/2009 – Current
NC Mooresville Mooresville Tribune 2/16/2011 – Current
NC Morehead City Carteret County News-Times 4/16/2008 – Current
NC Morganton News Herald 1/12/2008 – Current
NC Mt. Airy Mt. Airy News 10/2/2009 – Current
NC Nashville Nashville Graphic 1/28/2010 – Current
NC New Bern Carolina Federal Republican 1/12/1809 – 4/25/1818
NC New Bern Morning Herald 9/17/1807 – 12/30/1808
NC New Bern Newbern Herald 1/20/1809 – 2/26/1810
NC New Bern Newbern Sentinel 3/21/1818 – 6/12/1828
NC New Bern North Carolina Sentinel 1/13/1827 – 12/21/1836
NC New Bern State Gazette of North Carolina 8/9/1787 – 2/20/1799
NC New Bern True Republican 4/2/1810 – 8/7/1811
NC Newton Observer News Enterprise 9/6/2008 – Current
NC Pilot Mountain Pilot 2/20/2008 – Current
NC Princeton Princeton News-Leader 5/30/2007 – Current
NC Raleigh Dispatch 12/21/1991 – 4/10/1993
NC Raleigh Gazette 12/16/1893 – 2/19/1898
NC Raleigh News & Observer 1/1/1991 – Current
NC Raleigh News & Observer, The: Web Edition Articles 5/6/2004 – Current
NC Raleigh North-Carolina Minerva 11/26/1799 – 5/20/1800
NC Raleigh Raleigh Extra 6/18/1995 – Current
NC Raleigh Semi-Weekly Standard 8/10/1861 – 3/8/1868
NC Raleigh Star 11/3/1808 – 5/12/1831
NC Red Springs Red Springs Citizen 7/10/2008 – Current
NC Reidsville Reidsville Review 3/25/2008 – Current
NC Richlands Richlands-Beulaville Advertiser News 10/28/2009 – Current
NC Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald 9/2/2003 – Current
NC Rockingham Richmond County Daily Journal 5/5/2003 – Current
NC Rocky Mount Rocky Mount Telegram 9/3/2002 – Current
NC Roxboro Courier-Times 11/22/2006 – Current
NC Saint Pauls St. Pauls Review 9/4/2008 – Current
NC Salisbury Salisbury Post 12/1/1998 – Current
NC Sanford Sanford Herald 2/17/2007 – Current
NC Shallotte Brunswick Beacon 4/21/2010 – Current
NC Smithfield Smithfield Herald 1/19/2011 – Current
NC Southern Pines Pilot 10/8/2009 – Current
NC Spring Hope Spring Hope Enterprise & The Bailey News 8/3/2006 – Current
NC Statesville Statesville Record & Landmark 2/6/2011 – Current
NC Swansboro Tideland News 9/3/2008 – Current
NC Sylva Sylva Herald & Ruralite 10/2/2009 – Current
NC Tabor City Tabor-Loris Tribune 3/14/2007 – Current
NC Tarboro Daily Southerner 1/23/2007 – Current
NC Thomasville Thomasville Times 1/1/2011 – Current
NC Tryon Tryon Daily Bulletin 5/14/2007 – Current
NC Wadesboro Anson Record 6/19/2003 – Current
NC Wallace Wallace Enterprise 1/6/2010 – Current
NC West Jefferson Jefferson Post 9/25/2007 – Current
NC Whiteville News Reporter 4/22/2004 – Current
NC Wilmington StarNews 1/31/2002 – Current
NC Zebulon Eastern Wake News 1/19/2011 – Current

Ship Passenger Lists

Newspapers routinely published passenger lists of passengers coming to and leaving from America.

Here are just a few examples of the thousands of passenger lists published in newspapers that can be found in GenealogyBank.

Newspapers routinely 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 New Orleans 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 New Orleans 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 in New Orleans from Vera Cruz, Tuxpan, and Tampico – all ports in Mexico. Times Picayune. 25 August 1875. p. 1

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 the genealogical content in the historical newspapers, books and documents that can be found in GenealogyBank.

North Carolina newspapers 1719-1926, 1988-Today

(Photographer: Marion Post Wolcott.

See what’s cooking in the Wilkins family kitchen … near Tallyho, Granville County, North Carolina … and all the other news recorded in the Tar Heel State’s old newspapers.

GenealogyBank.com has North Carolina’s historical newspapers from 1719-1926, 1988-Today.

Click here to search all of North Carolina’s historical newspapers

or click on the titles below to search them individually.

Asheville, NC
Asheville Citizen-Times. 1/1/1999-Current

Chapel Hill, NC
Chapel Hill News. 5/3/2000-Current

Charlotte, NC
Charlotte News. 12/11/1888 – 9/29/1922
Charlotte Observer. 3/13/1892 – 12/31/1922
Charlotte Observer. 1/1/1992-Current

Cleveland, NC
Cleveland Post. 3/1/2007-Current

Durham, NC
Chapel Hill Herald. 1/1/2002-Current
Herald-Sun. 1/1/2002-Current
Raleigh Extra. 6/18/1995-5/25/1997

Elizabeth City, NC
Daily Advance. 11/9/2004-Current

Fayetteville, NC
American. 12/22/1719 – 12/31/1922
Fayetteville Observer. 1/18/1988-Current

Greensboro, NC
Greensboro News & Record. 1/1/1990-Current

Greenville, NC
Daily Reflector. 8/30/2004-Current

Halifax, NC
North-Carolina Journal. 8/1/1792 – 9/11/1797

High Point, NC
High Point Enterprise. 4/14/2007-Current

New Bern, NC
Carolina Federal Republican. 1/12/1809 – 4/25/1818
Morning Herald. 9/17/1807 – 4/30/1906

Newbern Herald. 1/20/1809 – 2/26/1810
Newbern Sentinel. 3/21/1818 – 12/25/1823
State Gazette of North Carolina. 8/9/1787 – 2/20/1799
True Republican. 7/4/1804 – 8/7/1811

Raleigh, NC
News & Observer. 1/1/1991-Current
Semi-Weekly Standard. 8/10/1861 – 3/8/1868
Star. 12/1/1789 – 5/12/1926

Red Springs, NC
Red Springs Citizen. 9/10/2008-Current

Rockingham, NC
Richmond County Daily Journal. 5/3/2003-Current

Rocky Mount, NC
Rocky Mount Telegram. 9/3/2002-Current

Roxboro, NC
Courier-Times. 11/22/2006-Current

St. Pauls, NC
St. Pauls Review. 9/4/2008-Current

Tryon, NC
Tryon Daily Bulletin. 5/14/2007-Current

Wadesboro, NC
Anson Record. 6/19/2003-Current

Wilmington, NC
Cape-Fear Recorder. 11/28/1818 – 4/11/1827

Star-News. 1/31/2002-Current

Winston Salem, NC
Winston-Salem Journal. 11/1/1997-Current

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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GenealogyBank adds 64 newspapers from 27 States

GenealogyBank has added more newspapers – 64 titles from 27 States.

GenealogyBank has also created separate search pages for each newspaper.
If you want to search a newspaper on this list – click on the title and start searching.

AK. Juneau. Daily Record-Miner. 1910

AZ. Tucson. Amigos. 1975 to 1975
AZ. Tucson. Tucsonense. 1923

CA. Colton. Chicano. 1971 to 1973
CA. Los Angeles. Heraldo de Mexico. 1921 to 1927

CO. Colorado Springs. Gazette-Telegraph. 1915 to 1922

DC. Washington. Daily National Intelligencer. 1823 to 1842

IL. O’Fallon. O’Fallon Progress. 2008 to Current
IL. Quincy. Quincy Whig. 1876
IL. Springfield. State Journal Register. 1985 to Current

IN. Elkhart. Elkhart Truth. 2007 to Current

LA. New Orleans. Abeja. 1830
LA. New Orleans. Times Picayune. 1861 to 1900
LA. New Orleans. Times Picayune. 1902 to 1920

MA. Boston. Boston Journal. 1870
MA. Carver. Carver Reporter. 2008 to Current
MA. Duxbury. Duxbury Reporter. 2008 to Current
MA. Gloucester. Gloucester Telegraph* 1850

MA. Halifax. Halifax-Plympton Reporter. 2008 to Current
MA. Lakeville. Lakeville Call. 2008 to Current
MA. Marion. Sentinel. 2007 to Current
MA. Salem. Salem Observer* 1823 to 1836
MA. West Roxbury. West Roxbury Transcript. 2006 to Current

MD. Annapolis. Annapolis Gazette. 1857 to 1866
MD. Annapolis. Maryland Gazette* 1788

MD. Baltimore. American and Commercial Daily Advertiser* 1812 to 1819
MD. Baltimore. Baltimore American. 1905 to 1911
MD. Baltimore. Federal Gazette*1807 to 1808

MI. Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids Press. 1901 to 1920
MI. Jackson. Jackson Citizen Patriot. 1850 to 1858
MI. Temperance. Bedford Now. 2007 to Current

MO. Kansas City. Cosmopolita. 1915

NC. Asheboro. Randolph Guide. 2008 to Current

NJ. Trenton. Trenton Evening Times. 1883 to 1922
NJ. Trenton. Trenton Sunday Times-Advertiser. 1903 to 1917

NM. Las Cruces. Estrella. 1929
NM. Santa Fe. Nuevo Mexicano. 1894
NM. Santa Fe. Santa Fe Weekly New Mexican and Livestock Journal. 1888 to 1893
NM. Wagon Mound. Combate. 1903 to 1915

NV. Las Vegas. Anthem View. 2006 to Current

NY. Albany. Albany Evening Journal. 1850 to 1872
NY. New York. Grafico. 1927 to 1928
NY. New York. New York Herald. 1865


OH. Cincinnati. Cincinnati Commercial Tribune. 1877 to 1885
OH. Cincinnati. Cincinnati Daily Enquirer. 1862 to 1876
OH. Cincinnati. Cincinnati Daily Gazette. 1880

OR. Portland. Oregonian. 1872 to 1907

PA. Glen Mills. Garnet Valley Press. 2007 to Current
PA. Philadelphia. Public Ledger. 1839 to 1868
PA. Pittsburgh. Tree of Liberty. 1801 to 1808

RI. Warren. Telescope. 1814 to 1817

TN. Oak Ridge. Oak Ridger. 1997 to Current

TX. Brownsville. Daily Metropolitan. 1893
TX. Brownsville. Heraldo de Brownsville. 1935 to 1936
TX. Corpus Christi. Verdad. 1955
TX. El Paso. Continental. 1836 to 1958
TX. Laredo. Cronica. 1910
TX. Paris. Paris News. 2000 to Current
TX. San Antonio. Epoca. 1918
TX. San Antonio. Prensa. 1929 to 1935
TX. San Antonio. Revista Mexicana. 1919

UT. Salt Lake City. Salt Lake Telegram. 1913 to 1922

VA. Richmond. Virginia Argus. 1805 to 1807

VT. St. Albins. American Repertory. 1828 to 1833

WI. Milwaukee. Guardia* 1971 to 1975

GenealogyBank adds 14 newspapers from 9 states

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O’Fallon Progress (O’Fallon, IL)
Obituaries: 09/26/2008 – Current
Death Notices: 10/21/2008 – Current

Elkhart Truth, (Elkhart, IN)
Obituaries: 12/29/2007 – Current
Death Notices: 12/29/2007 – Current

Carver Reporter (Carver, MA)
Obituaries: 02/24/2009 – Current
Death Notices: 11/14/2008 – Current

Duxbury Reporter (Duxbury, MA)
Death Notices: 11/17/2008 – Current

Halifax-Plympton Reporter (Halifax, MA)
Death Notices: 12/10/2008 – Current

Lakeville Call (Lakeville, MA)
Obituaries: 01/23/2009 – Current
Death Notices: 11/19/2008 – Current

Sentinel, The (Marion, MA)
Obituaries: 07/26/2007 – Current
Death Notices: 07/26/2007 – Current

West Roxbury Transcript (West Roxbury, MA)
Obituaries: 07/13/2006 – Current
Death Notices: 11/14/2008 – Current

Bedford Now (Temperance, MI)
Obituaries: 08/03/2007 – Current
Death Notices: See Monroe Evening News

Randolph Guide (Asheboro, NC)
Obituaries: 12/18/2008 – Current
Death Notices: 04/06/2008 – Current

Anthem View (Las Vegas, NV)
Obituaries: 06/06/2006 – Current

Garnet Valley Press (Glen Mills, PA)
Obituaries: 05/16/2007 – Current
Death Notices: 03/21/2007 – Current

Oak Ridger, The (Oak Ridge, TN)
Obituaries: 03/07/1997 – Current
Death Notices: 02/17/1997 – Current

Paris News, The (Paris, TX)
Obituaries: 06/02/2001 – 02/24/2008: Scattered earlier data available
Death Notices: 12/03/2000 – 03/26/2008

GenealogyBank Adds Over 4 Million Records & Documents

GenealogyBank announced today that over 4 million historical newspapers records and documents from 24 States have been added to its database.

This constantly growing collection now features over 221 million family history records – I estimate that to contain over 1.3 Billion names.

You can search GenealogyBank for free and see a small slice of every record for your ancestors but you must join GenealogyBank to view the complete documents – 30 day trial memberships are available for only $9.95.

Here’s what’s new on the site:
Alaska
Juneau. Daily Alaska Dispatch. 5/1/1917 to 8/31/1917

Alabama
Montgomery. Montgomery Advertiser. 10/1/1912 to 12/31/1912

California
Anderson Valley Post. 5/3/2006 to Current

Connecticut
Bridgeport. Republican Farmer. 1/5/1814 to 12/20/1815

Georgia
Cordele. Cordele Dispatch. 11/14/2007 to Current
Savannah. Savannah Tribune. 12/4/1875 to 12/27/1913

Illinois
Danville. Commercial News. 11/6/2007 to Current

Massachusetts
Boston. Boston Journal. 7/1/1880 to 10/6/1917
Boston. Daily Atlas. 7/1/1841 to 4/11/1857
Lowell. Lowell Daily Citizen and News. 3/21/1857 to 1/24/1879
Springfield. Springfield Republican. 5/17/1900 to 11/15/1910
Worcester. Worcester Daily Spy. 7/6/1903 to 9/22/1903

Maryland
Baltimore. Baltimore American. 9/1/1917 to 12/31/1922
Baltimore Sun. 7/1/1847 to 1/3/1848

Maine
Portland. Portland Daily Advertiser. 1/1/1863 to 6/30/1863


Minnesota
St. Paul. St. Paul Daily Pioneer. 9/23/1854 to 4/12/1855

Missouri
Hannibal. Missouri Courier. 1/18/1849 to 2/17/1853
St. Louis. St. Louis Republic. 10/1/1889 to 4/30/1900

Montana
Anaconda. Anaconda Standard. 1/2/1898 to 4/30/1915

Nevada
Ely. Ely Times. 10/10/2007 to Current

New Hampshire
Portsmouth. Portsmouth Journal of Literature & Politics. 6/2/1838 to 12/31/1842

New Jersey
Bridgeton. Washington Whig. 1/7/1821 to 12/27/1822

New Mexico
Albuquerque. Albuquerque Journal. 9/1/1910 to 12/31/1910
Gallup. Gallup Independent. 10/11.2007 to Current

New York
New York Herald. 8/1/1858 to 12/31/1858

North Carolina
Halifax. North Carolina Journal. 1/2/1797 to 9/11/1797

Ohio
Ashtabula. Star Beacon. 10/20/2007 to Current

Oklahoma
Altus. Altus Times. 1/14/2008 to Current
Bartlesville. Bartlesville Examiner Enterprise. 10/18/2007 to Current
Knight. Frontier Index. 4/14/1868 to 4/14/1868
Oklahoma City. Daily Oklahoman. 5/1/1913 to 6/30/1913
Pauls Valley. Pauls Valley Daily Democrat. 9/8/2007 to current

Oregon
Portland. Oregonian. 8/8/1920 to 8/29/1920

Pennsylvania
Philadelphia. North American. 1/1/1845 to 6/30/1879

West Virginia
Bluefield. Bluefield Daily Telegraph. 12/28/2007 to Current
Fairmont. Times West Virginian. 1/11/2008 to Current
Logan. Logan Banner. 7/8/2007 to Current

And more – big news is on the way! Stay tuned.