Pas­sen­ger lists hit The­Ge­neal­o­gist

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More than five mil­lion Bri­tish travel records have been up­loaded to the­ge­neal­o­gist.co.uk for the first time.

Avail­able through the web­site’s ‘Im­mi­gra­tion, Em­i­gra­tion and Travel’ area, the fully search­able col­lec­tion has been cre­ated from out­bound pas­sen­ger lists held in se­ries BT 27 at The Na­tional Ar­chives.

Span­ning 1896-1909, the records show the names of peo­ple trav­el­ling over­seas, in­clud­ing Bri­tons em­i­grat­ing to coun­tries such as Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

The record set also in­cludes a large num­ber of trans­mi­grants from Den­mark, Nor­way and Swe­den who stopped off in Eng­land to board pas­sen­ger lin­ers to the United States – a pop­u­lar desti­na­tion for Scan­di­na­vians, fol­low­ing the Homestead Act of 1862, which gave free land to those who de­vel­oped it for at least five years.

Al­though the same records can be ac­cessed via ri­val sub­scrip­tion web­sites, The­Ge­neal­o­gist of­fers a ‘SmartSearch’ tool that iden­ti­fies po­ten­tial fam­ily mem­bers trav­el­ling to­gether on the same voy­age, as well as a check­box to show re­sults only re­lat­ing to trans­mi­grants.

The­Ge­neal­o­gist col­lec­tion con­tains more than five mil­lion search­able records

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