Sunday, April 3, 2016

Passenger Lists – Beyond the “Majors”

Look beyond and for passenger and ship lists.

has transcribed more than 17,000 ship manifests. This group of volunteers has been working for 14 years to make these lists available online.  But it is more than just lists.

The Compass page has several categories of links to other sites with additional information including immigration and naturalization; maritime resources; arrivals at non-USA ports

This site is so much more than passenger lists. It is a wealth of general and cultural information from the late 19th and early 20th centuries to help flesh out the immigrant experience.
·       Vintage brochures
·       Steamship tickets and menus
·       Daily life aboard a ship
·       Traveling steerage – multiple articles on the steerage experience.

The articles about traveling in steerage gave me a small idea of what my own immigrant ancestors went through - I'm certain that they never saw anything like the elegant menus shown on this site.

It is definitely worth spending time on this site.

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