With more than 70,000 individual records, each name represents an original entry on the passenger list. While information on a passenger can vary, the New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1846-1851 typically provide:
The New Orleans Passenger Lists provides information about all passengers who entered the port of New Orleans between 1846 and 1851 from England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and other countries. A time of tremendous immigration to America, these records correspond to the period of the Great Irish Famine. During the Famine, millions of families left Ireland to start a new life in America, making the Irish the largest immigrant group in Louisiana in the 1840s and 1850s. As a major port city located on the Mississippi River, New Orleans was the gateway for immigrants who continued their journey into the interior and more western areas of the United States, such as Illinois, Missouri, and beyond.
When researching your own family, keep in mind that some families did not always arrive in a single group. In some cases, the head of a family would travel ahead to prepare the way for his wife and children. Their arrival in New Orleans was often only the first stop on a family’s longer journey into America. Families frequently made their way to areas where distant relatives or those from their former homeland had previously settled.
Passenger lists are just one of many records that detail your family’s journey to the United States. These records can include errors or mistakes in spellings, occupations, and ages. Birth years in this collection were calculated from an individual’s stated age and the year of immigration. To find more information about your relatives, explore local newspapers, as well as census and vital records. Naturalization records are another useful source, as many immigrants were eager to become American citizens, filing papers for their naturalization soon after their arrival.
For more information about original passenger lists see The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, 3rd Edition, by Val D. Greenwood.
This collection is taken from the original ship manifests that were kept by the ship’s master. The original records are held on microfilm, publication M259, at the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA), in Washington D.C.
findmypast is pleased to provide access to these records in partnership with the JFK Trust, which has worked to compile a complete database of Irish emigration to the United States. The JFK Trust has worked with a number of other organizations including the Balch Institute, the Ellis Island Restoration Commission and the Battery Conservancy in order to demonstrate the long history of Irish immigration to the United States.