Did you know that the National Archives has recently added thousands more names to its index to passengers arriving in Western Australia? The passenger index now covers the period 1 January 1921 to 15 January 1950 and includes over 800,000 names.
To search the database, go to the National Archives website, select Record Search and, after logging in or electing to search as a guest user, choose Passenger index. As well as passengers arriving by ship in Fremantle and other WA ports, you can search for people who arrived at Perth airport between 1944 and 1950. Information given includes the passenger’s name, ports of embarkation and disembarkation, ship or aircraft name and date of arrival.
An exciting new addition to Ancestry are the UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960 which have just been scanned in full colour and made available from the Board of Trade series BT26 held at the National Archives in Kew. The BT26 series includes ships arriving in the UK from foreign ports outside Europe and the Mediterranean for 1878-1888 and 1890-1960.
If you have ancestors who visited the UK from Australia, the United States or other parts of the world outside Europe, why not have a look to see if you can find their arrival in Britain? You can search under name, birth year, port of departure, port of arrival, ports on voyage, ship name, shipping line, arrival year and keyword.
Select View Record to see a transcription of the record. At this point you can also click on a link to view information about the ship, and sometimes a photograph, from the Passenger ships and images database.
Viewing the original image of the passenger list will often give extra details such as occupation, address and intended length of stay in the UK.
This wonderful new source is freely available within the State Library building on our Ancestry database. From our home page select Search – Electronic Resources – Genealogy – Ancestry library edition. Once you are in the Ancestry database you need to select the following:
- UK & Ireland (under Browse by location)
- Click anywhere on the map of the UK
- View all Immigration & Emigration databases
- UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960
The image shown above (003866D) is from the State Library Pictorial Collection and shows the Southern Cross sailing from Fremantle in 1960.
Many family historians will be familiar with the wonderful website, Ancestors on Board, where you can search for details of passengers who sailed from Great Britain to ports around the world from 1890 onwards. The good news is that this site has recently been completed and now has all passengers’ names indexed up until 1960.
The website is a collaborative project between the National Archives in the UK and the commercial subscription website, Findmypast.com, and features the records from BT27 Outward Passenger Lists held at the National Archives at Kew. It records the details of passengers bound for destinations such as New Zealand, South Africa, the United States and Canada as well as Australia.
Searching and viewing the results list is free and you can view images of the original passenger lists on a pay-per-view basis. To start searching for your ancestors who may have left Britain during this period go to the website at www.ancestorsonboard.com
Screen image reproduced with the kind permission of Find My Past Ltd.