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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Finding an ancestor's arrival in American or Canadian ships passenger lists

Ken asked:
Joseph and Elizabeth Maidens emigrated to the US after July 1849 and with brother William were in Nepeuskin and Rushford areas of Winnebago, Wisconsin, confirmed reference the 1850 US Census. William living with the Slingsby family. My question is how did they get there? I'm looking for ports of departure and arrival, passenger list and ship information related to these ancestors aged 27 - 35, who left their Revesby, Lincolnshire, England homes.

Olive Tree Answer: Hello Ken. It is possible that your Maidens family came in to the USA via Canada. Fares to Canadian ports of arrival were much cheaper than to America. However that presents a challenge as before 1865, Canadian ships passenger lists did not have to be kept. However, some were and there are alternate resources. You may want to consider checking these out by using the 2 column chart of links at Filling in the Gaps in Ships Passenger Lists to Canada for PRE-1865 Ships Passenger Lists to Canada and POST-1865 Ships Passenger Lists to Canada.

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