Discover new information about your family in this collection of passenger Lists from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the northeastern United States, between the years 1800 and 1948. Uncover details about your ancestor like their date of arrival and the name of the ship they traveled on, information that can help you to expand your family history research.
This collection includes nearly 3.3 million records, documenting the arrival of travelers to the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for almost 150 years. While the information for each person can vary, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1800-1948 usually provides:
The records in this collection are an incredible source illustrating the history of immigration to the United States and the importance of Philadelphia as a port city. Philadelphia was a major center for trade in the early 1800s and remained an important port city throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. These records show the large numbers of people arriving in Philadelphia for nearly 150 years, from 1800 when the national capitol was moved to Washington, D.C. until the year 1948.
Find out new facts in these records that you can use to expand your family history and continue your research. You can then use the details you learn to find your relatives in our other collections, including federal censuses and military records, as well as Pennsylvania newspapers.
The passenger list image associated with each record often has additional information that is not in the transcript. This usually includes the name of the departure port and the exact date of arrival. Make sure to check the image, and previous images, in order to find all of the details for your ancestor that you can.
If you are having trouble finding someone in the records, you can broaden your search by clicking the “name variants” box under the search bar. This will return a greater number of records, including those with similar names, possible alternate spellings or the use of initials or middle names.
If you cannot find your ancestor when including their birth year or arrival year in your search, try extending the year range. This will widen your search and return more results.
Findmypast has an additional collection of passenger lists for the city of Philadelphia between the years 1846-1851. These years correspond to the Great Irish Famine and massive immigration from Ireland. If you cannot find your Irish ancestor in these records try checking the other passenger list records. See the link in Useful links & resources to the right.