Passenger lists

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UK Ports passenger lists 1878-1960

Ancestry contains the dataset "UK, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960"[1], (located in Immigration & Travel/Passenger Lists) which contain the names of people arriving at United Kingdom ports from places outside Europe, based on records from The National Archives, Kew.
Note: The Ancestry transcribed field "Port of Departure" appears to be the first port of departure of the ship, not the port of departure of the person. It may be necessary to look at the image to find the port of departure of the person.[2]

Findmypast contains the dataset "Passenger Lists Leaving UK 1890-1960"[3], located in Travel & migration, based on records from The National Archives.
Ancestry also contains a similar database "UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960". located in Immigration & Travel.[4]

Note however, the above websites only contain persons who travelled the entire journey to and from India via a UK port. A researcher advised: "Many people travelling from India found it faster and more convenient to travel by steamer to Marseilles and take the train direct to Calais and then by regular ferry to Dover. Entry into England by this route was not recorded. Many of my relatives did this (we know from letters) but no official records were kept. Frustrating for us later!"[5]

The National Archives guide How to look for records of Passengers gives more details.

Both the above sites are free to search, but require payment to view the records. They are free to view at the National Archives. Some Libraries may have free access, refer Miscellaneous tips. Some Genealogy Societies provide free access from their libraries if you are a member.

Australia Passenger Lists

  • Findmypast database "Australia, Inward, Outward & Coastal Passenger Lists 1826-1972"[6] located in Travel & Migration/ Passenger Lists was introduced c 2021/05/07 with more records added c 2021/07/23. The records are from multiple Australian sources.
  • For passenger lists between India and Australia also see Australia

FIBIS resources

Earlier passenger lists

Military embarkation records


  1. UK, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960 The National Archives (TNA) collection series BT26.
  2. MoVidger., now no longer available. Post titled 'Samuel Howarth (1907-1980) - Royal Artillery" Who do you think you are? Forum 13 -14 October 2017. The "Port of Departure" was advised to be in Chile, but later it was stated the image advised Bermuda as the departure place of the person. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  3. Passenger Lists Leaving UK 1890-1960 findmypast. The National Archives (TNA) collection series BT27.
  4. UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960 Ancestry
  5. Stanes, Peter. Passenger lists Rootsweb India Mailing List 29 July 2012, archived.
  6. Australia, Inward, Outward & Coastal Passenger Lists 1826-1972 Findmypast.
  7. eleanore. P&O SS Candia Passengers 1858 from India and China Rootsweb India Mailing List 31 March 2011, archived.
  8. eleanore. Transit Through Egypt 1858 Rootsweb India Mailing List 3 April 2011, archived.
  9. British Army Embarkation Lists, 1871-1889 Findmypast database.