Explore this unique collection, handpicked by our in-house experts. It brings together 98 million records that identify a British or Irish emigrant. For example, a U.S. military record noted that a soldier was of Welsh origin. In a separate marriage record from Massachusetts, a bride is listed as being born in Athlone, Ireland. Until now, these valuable migration clues could not be searched together in a single place. The collection includes passenger lists, census records, naturalization applications, and draft registrations, as well as birth, marriage, and death records.
With each result, you will be provided with a transcript. The details revealed in each transcript will vary depending on the original source material. Sources include vital records, passenger lists, naturalization records, and census returns. Below are some of the facts you may discover about your ancestor:
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Findmypast is excited to bring together this unique collection of records handpicked by our in-house experts. British & Irish roots collection brings together more than 98 million records from across a wide variety of records from the United States and Canada. Each record identifies a British or Irish emigrant who came to North America. For example, Findmypast identified a population register from California that noted that a widow was Scottish and pulled this record into the collection. This new, first-of-its-kind collection gives North American family historians the chance to search for their British and Irish roots all in one place. Findmypast pulled together records that include the following individuals:
Individuals emigrating from the United Kingdom or Ireland to the United States, Canada, or the Caribbean.
Individuals emigrating from Canada or the Caribbean to the United States.
Individuals listed on any United States or Canadian collection with British or Irish origins, birthplace, or parents.
British & Irish roots collection gives family historians the chance to trace their ancestors’ journeys across the Atlantic like never before.
Below is a full list of all the records available within this collection:
Arizona deaths & burials 1881-1917
Baltimore passenger lists 1846-1851
Boston passenger lists 1846-1851
Britain, registers of licences to pass beyond the seas 1573-1677
California great registers 1866-1910
California Northern District naturalizations 1850-1989
California state census 1852
California, Los Angeles, San Pedro, and Wilmington passenger lists, 1900-1948
California, San Francisco passenger lists, 1893-1953
Canada census 1871
Canada census 1881
Canada census 1891
Canada census 1911
District of Columbia deaths & burials 1840-1964
Early emigration from Britain 1636-1815
Florida, Key West passenger lists, 1898-1945
Florida, Tampa passenger lists, 1898-1945
Hawaii, Honolulu passenger lists, 1900-1953
Idaho, Eastport arrivals, 1900-1962
Illinois, Northern District, naturalization index
Iowa deaths & burials 1850-1990
Irish Famine immigrants, 1846-1851
Louisiana, New Orleans passenger lists, 1903-1945
Maryland, Baltimore passenger lists, 1820-1957
Massachusetts, Boston passenger lists, 1820-1943
Minnesota naturalizations 1930-1988
Minnesota state census 1875
Minnesota state census 1885
Minnesota state census 1895
Minnesota state census 1905
Minnesota territorial census 1857
New England naturalizations, 1791-1906
New Orleans passenger lists 1846-1851
New York passenger lists & arrivals
North Carolina, deaths, 1906-1930
North Carolina, deaths, 1931-1994
Passenger lists leaving UK 1890-1960
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia passenger lists, 1800-1948
Philadelphia passenger lists 1846-1851
Philadelphia Roman Catholic parish marriages
South Carolina, deaths, 1915-1943
South Dakota state census 1905
South Dakota state census 1915
South Dakota state census 1925
South Dakota state census 1935
South Dakota state census 1945
United States deaths & burials 1833-1970
United States marriages
United States naturalization petitions
United States passport applications
United States, Atlantic Ocean and Gulf Coast ports passenger lists, 1820-1874
US census 1850
US census 1850 mortality schedule
US census 1870
US census 1880
US census 1900
US census 1920
US census 1930 merchant seaman schedule
Utah deaths & burials 1848-1960
Washington, Seattle passenger lists, 1890-1957
World War I draft registration cards
Begin your search broadly. Start with only a first and last name and year range. If needed, you can continue to edit your search by adding an origin country or keyword.
The keyword field will search all the text available in the transcript. For example, the word Welsh will return all the records that list Welsh as the individual’s nationality.
It is important to note that in some cases the Origin country listed may not be the individual’s birth place. For example, a German person travelling to the United States via an English port will have England listed as their Origin country.