LDS Records on Irish Migration
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LDS Records for Irish emigrants can be accessed at either the Family
History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, or at one of roughly two
thousand Family history centers located throughout the world. To
locate the nearest family history center, write to the Family History
Library or call a local LDS Church (LDS stands for The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or "the Mormons"). Anyone is welcome to
use the records at either location, all are open to the public.
THE FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY
The Family History Library in Salt Lake City is a genealogist's dream.
There are literally millions of rolls of microfilm, tons of fiche, and a
huge assortment of books, many rare and impossible to find elsewhere. I
was totally overwhelmed the first time I visited this library. I didn't
count them, but there are over one hundred microfilm readers in that one
building. If you are fortunate enough to make a trip to this library
for family research, take the time to sit through one of the library
orientations they offer. It will make your research easier in that
you'll have a better understanding of where records are located, and how
to use some of them.
FAMILY HISTORY CENTERS
Family history centers are located at many LDS church locations
throughout the United States, and many in foreign countries. If you
can't make the trip to Utah for family research, these centers are the
next-best-thing! At a family history center you can view a catalog of
the entire collection of genealogical material kept at the Family
History Library. This catalog is on CD-ROM as well as microfiche.
The catalog is divided into four sections: Locality, Subject, Surname,
and Author/Title. If you're using the CD's, you can choose one of these
four groups and have the computer do some searching for you! You can
choose Locality, and enter "Ireland". You can also narrow your search
down some by entering the county also: "Ireland, Down". The narrowest
search will allow you to also enter the parish: "Ireland, Down,
Annaclone". Because some places names have changed over the years, the
catalog bases record locations for Ireland using localities that existed
in 1871. This is done using the recorded 1871 "Alphabetical Index to
the Townlands and Towns of Ireland".
For this topic, you probably want to choose "United States" if your
ancestor came to the United States. There are so many more records in
the country where your ancestors immigrated to rather than the country
they emigrated from. Immigration=people coming to a country,
Emigration=people leaving a country.
Records were not required for free emigrants to the United States until
1773 (to Canada until 1865). Emigration from Ireland began as early as
If you know the approximate date of arrival and port of arrival or
even the name of the ship your ancestor's sailed on will help your
search immensely. There are some published indexes concerning certain
passenger groups to America, but not all ship passenger lists have been
transcribed or indexed. If all you have is an approximate date and or
port of arrival, you can begin searching the films of the ship passenger
lists. This is tedious beyond words, but not impossible!
All the immigration records that are available are mostly listed in
the Locality section of the library catalog under the following :
(Country where the immirated to) - Emigration and Immigration.
If you chose "United States" as the country your ancestors immigrated
to, then proceed through the catalog under "United States", subcategory
"Emigration/Immigration". A list of the complete holdings at the Family
History Library concerning Immigration into the United States alone is
such a huge one, that listing it here is darn near impossible. Visit
your nearest family history center and use the catalog. Ask for help
from one of the volunteers at the center.
Once you've browsed through the catalog, you'll usually find a film or
microfiche you'd like to view. Have the attendant or volunteer at the
center to help you fill our a "rental" slip. This form is used to
"check-out" films from the Family History Library for a three week
period. The cost is now $5.00 US dollars I believe. In approx a week
or two your film will be delivered to the family history center and they
will call and notify you as such. You can view the film in the center
during their operating hours. The film or fiche doesn't leave the
building. If the record you're interested in is a book you're out of
luck using this method. You cannot borrow any of the books in their
collection, but many have been placed on microfilm.
If you are fortunate enough to travel to Utah, the Family History
Library has 4 main published lists from which to consult for Irish
1. Filby, P. William with Mary K. Meyer, eds. Passenger and Immigration
Lists Index, 3 vols. Plus supplements. Detroit: Gale Research Co.,
1981-. (FHL book Ref 973 W32p 1988). This ongoing series indexes more
than 1,000 published lists of Irish immigrants to the United States.
2. Filby, P. William with Mary K. Meyer, eds. Passenger and Immigration
Lists Bibliography, 1538-1900. 2d Edition. Detroit: Gale Research Co.,
1988. (FHL book 973 W33p 1988). This bibliography references over 2,500
published lists of Irish immigrants to the United States that will
eventually be included in Filby's Passenger and Immigration Lists Index.
3. Glazier, Ira A., ed. The Famine Emigrants: Lists of Irish Immigrants
Arriving at the Port of New York, 1846-1851. 7vols. Baltimore:
Genealogical Publishing Company, 1983-86. (FHL book Ref Q 974.71 W3f).
These volumes contain many lists and indexes of Irish immigrants to the
4. Harris, Ruth-Ann M., and Donald M. Jacobs, eds. The Search for
Missing Friends: Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the "Boston
Pilot." 3 vols. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society,
1989-93. (FHL book Ref 974.461 H29s). These volumes list more than ten
thousand Irish immigrants to the United States and their places of
origin. The information is based on advertisements run between 1831 and
Lists of passengers arriving at most United States ports after the year
1820 are available at the Family History Library (that's a ton of
films!). A large portion of these passenger lists are indexed, but many
You can use this method to do passenger list look-up at the LDS library.
Easy way to find Passenger List at the LDS FHL.
Using the Family History Library Catalog (on compact disc).
With the FamilySearch title screen displayed, press [enter].
The Family Search main menu will be displayed.
Next, press [down arrow] to move the bar to "Library Catalog", and press
[enter]. A message on the screen will instruct you to insert the library
catalog compact disc into the compact disc drive.
Insert the disc. The computer will display the catalog main menu and list
the types of searches you can conduct.
Using the [down arrow]
Select: Film / Fiche Number Search
TYPE the film # from the appropriate listing below.
Then press [F12] to begin the search.
In a moment, the computer will display the complete list that is in that
Then press [F8] to get a full display
Index to passenger lists of vessels arriving at miscellaneous ports in
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, 1890-1924.( T517)
Film # 1324938
A supplemental index to passenger lists of vessels arriving at Atlantic &
Gulf Coast ports (excluding New York) 1820-1874.(M334)
Film # 0418161
Copies of lists of passengers arriving at miscellaneous ports on the
Atlantic and Gulf coasts and at ports on the Great Lakes, 1820-1873.(
Film # 0830231
Index (Soundex) to passenger lists of vessels arriving at Baltimore,
Film # 1373824
Passenger lists of vessels arriving at Baltimore, 1820-1921 ; Quarterly
abstracts of passenger lists of vessels arriving at Baltimore, 1820-1869.
(Microcopy 255) ( Microcopy 596) ( T844)
Film # 0417383
Index to passenger lists of vessels arriving at Baltimore, 1833-1866 (city
Film # 0821565
Index to passenger lists of vessels arriving at Baltimore, 1820-1897
(Federal passengers lists). (Microcopy 327)
Film # 0417212
Passenger lists of vessels arriving at Boston, 1820-1891 : with index
1848-1891. (M265) ( M277)
Film # 0205656
Index to passenger lists of vessels arriving at Boston, Jan. 1,
1902-Dec.31, 1920; passenger lists of vessels arriving at Boston, Aug. 1,
1891-1935 ; book indexes to Boston passenger lists, 1899-1940.(T0521)
Film # 1724620
Detroit District manifest records of aliens arriving from foreign
contiguous territory : arrivals at Detroit, Michigan, 1906-1954.( M1478)
Film # 1490449
Passenger and crew lists of vessels arriving at Galveston, Texas,
1896-1921; index, 1896-1951.( M1357 M1358 M1359 ) Includes indexes.
Film # 1402451
Crew lists of vessels arriving in New Bedford, Massachusetts, 1917-1932.
Film # 1578398
Index to passengers arriving at New Bedford, 1902-1954; Passenger lists of
vessels arriving at New Bedford, 1902-1942. ( T944, T522)
Film # 1412572
Index to passenger lists of vessels arriving at New York, June 16,
1897-June 30, 1902 ; Index (soundex) to passenger lists of vessels arriving
at New York, July 1,1902 -December 31, 1943 ; Passenger and crew lists of
vessels arriving at New York, 1897-1924.( T0621) (T0715) (T0519)
Film # 0543449
Index (soundex) to passenger lists of vessels arriving at New York, July 1,
1902-December 31, 1943 (T0621)
Film # 1379501
Passenger and crew lists of vessels arriving at New York, 1897-1924. (T0715)
Film # 1403751
Register of vessels arriving at the Port of New York from foreign
Film # 1415143
Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, NY, 1820--1897. (M237)
Film # 0002246
Passenger and crew lists of vessels arriving at New York, 1897-1924.(T715)
Film # 1403751
Passenger lists of vessels arriving at New York, 1820-1897 ; index to
passenger lists of vessels arriving in New York, 1820-1846.(Microcopy 237)
( Microcopy 261)
Film # 0350204
Book indexes to New York City passenger lists, April 1906-September
Film # 1463601
Passenger lists of vessels arriving at New Orleans, 1820-1921 ;Index to
passenger lists of vessels arriving in New Orleans, 1853 -1952.
Microcopy T527, T618, M259, and T905.
Film # 0543403
Quarterly abstracts of passenger lists of vessels arriving at New Orleans,
1820-1875. (Microcopy 272)
Film # 0200235
Index to lists of passengers arriving at Philadelphia, 1883-1948; book
indexes, 1906-1926; passenger lists, 1883-1921. (T526, T791, 840)
Film # 1380256
Passenger lists of vessels arriving at Philadelphia, 1800-1882 with index
1800-1906. (Microcopy 360)
Film # 0419424
Passenger lists of vessels arriving at Portland, Maine, 1893-1943 ;
Film # 1412619
Book indexes, Portland, Maine, passenger lists, 1907-1930. (T793)
Film # 1375989
Passenger lists, Providence, Rhode Island, 1911-1916 ; Book indexes,
1911-1934 ; Card indexes, 1911-1954. (T0518) (T0792)
Film # 1412620
Index to passenger lists of vessels arriving at San Francisco,
Film # 1430959
Passenger lists of vessels arriving in San Francisco from Honolulu,
Film # 1454998
Customs passenger lists of vessels arriving at San Francisco,
Film # 1463582
San Francisco, California, alien manifests : passenger lists of vessels
arriving at San Francisco, California, 1893-1920.( M1410)
Film # 1465571
Registers of Chinese laborers arriving at San Francisco, 1882-1888.
Film # 1549566
Savannah passenger lists. (T943)
Film # 1375955
Lists of Chinese passengers arriving at Seattle and Port Townsend,
Film # 1549349
Passenger and crew lists of vessels arriving at Seattle, Washington,
Customs records of passenger manifests inbound, 1894-1909 : Port Townsend,
Tacoma, and Seattle.( M1484)
Film # 1445995
Passenger lists of vessels arriving at Seattle from U. S. insular
possessions, 1908-1917 Port Townsend, Seattle, and Tacoma.( M1485)
Film # 1445996
St. Albans District manifest records of aliens arriving from foreign
contiguous territory : arrivals at Canadian border ports from January 1895
to June 30, 1954 : Indexes (Soundex), 1895-1924.
( M1461) ( M1463) (M1464) ( M1465)
Film # 1472801
St. Albans District manifest records of aliens arriving from foreign
contiguous territory : records of arrivals through small ports in Vermont,
1895-1924. ( M1462)
Film # 1430987
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