Passenger lists hit TheGenealogist
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