Contact the GG Archives

Anderson, SC USA

Ship Passenger Lists (1880s-1950s)

The GG Archives is a Great Resource for Ship Passenger Lists - USA, Canada, Australia, and Other World Ports, from the 1870s - 1960s.

Your Source for Ship Passenger Lists - USA, Canada, Australia, and Other World Ports, from the 1880s-1950s.

Early passenger lists were handwritten, but once printing presses became commonplace on many steamships, the ship manifests became a souvenir of the voyage. The covers of many of the older lists contained superb graphics and were highly prized by collectors.

The GG Archives has an extensive collection of these passenger records in our Maritime Collection. Our most comprehensive ship passenger arrival records are for the Cunard Line / Cunard White Star Line.

The lists of passengers vary considerably between steamship lines in terms of information provided on each passenger. Additionally, on many voyages, each class received a separate passenger list. In contrast, others combined multiple classes into one or two lists for the same journey. Newspaper reporters of the era were usually on hand to review passenger arrivals for VIPs and other noteworthy passengers.

Ship Passenger Lists by Steamship Line

Passenger List, Allan Line TSS Grampian, 1909, Glasgow to Quebec and Montreal

 

1887-02-05 SS La Champagne

 

 

1901-02-19 SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse

 

 

1939-07-14 RMS Windsor Castle

 

Browse Our Collections of Ship Passenger Lists

Ship Sailing Away from New York Harbor Showing Statue of Liberty

 

Browse by Ship

The option to browse our passenger list collection by the ship's name will assist researchers in focusing their search on a specific vessel without requiring other information such as steamship line or year/date of a voyage to locate the list of passengers.

 

The Deutschland departs from Cuxhaven for New York

 

Browse by Port of Call

Organized by Port of Call, the listings for Digitized Passenger Lists of the GG Archives typically include the date, vessel, route, and class for voyages that originated from or called upon a port listed.

 

Passenger Lists by Year of Voyage - Sorted by Month and Day

 

Browse by Year of Voyage

Organized by Year of Voyage, the listings for Passenger Lists of the GG Archives typically include the date, vessel, route, and class for voyages that originated from or called upon a port listed.

 

Map of Worldwide Services of the North German Lloyd.

 

Browse by Region

Organized by Region (Australian, Canadian, French, German, Irish, Italian, Scandinavian, and South African), the listings typically include the date, vessel, route, and class for voyages that originated from or were called upon a port listed.

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Passenger Lists

Front Cover of 1883 Passenger List of the Inman Line

 

Passenger Lists FAQs

Passenger Lists, Ships List, and Passenger Manifests all seem to mean the same thing, but what are the differences, and how can you utilize these documents most effectively? The GG Archives provides several topical articles covering passenger lists.

Return to Top of Page