Ancestry in conjunction with The National Archives have released an important new archive: UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960 . If your ancestors immigrated or were active travellers then this a most welcome additional archive.
The database is an index to the Board of Trade’s passenger lists of ships arriving in the United Kingdom from foreign ports outside of Europe and the Mediterranean from 1878-1888 and 1890-1960. Information listed on the passenger lists may include: name of passenger, their birth date or age, port of departure, port of arrival, date of arrival, and vessel name. Some may also include their proposed address in the UK, occupation and country of last residence.
Roger Kershaw from The National Archives said: ‘The partnership between The National Archives and Ancestry.co.uk has allowed us to digitise and publish online what is in our opinion one of the most significant collections in British immigration history.’
‘These records are a vital resource for anyone wanting to trace their family’s movements to the UK from around the world and reflect a period of huge economic and social change for Britain and its colonies during the twilight days of the British Empire,’ commented Josh Hanna, Senior Vice President at Ancestry International.
A quick look at the database reveals information on my father returning from Egypt in 1930, and many famous names including Winston Churchill on his many trips across the Atlantic.