Passengers arriving in New York from Ireland 1846 - 1851

Historical Context: The Center for Immigration Research (CIR) at the Balch Institute created this series to promote access to information about immigrants from Ireland to the United States during the era of the Irish Potato Famine, 1846-1851. It was extracted from ship passenger lists in the records of the U.S. Customs Service (NARA Record Group 36).

Questions Asked:
Name
Age
Town of Last Residence
Destination
Passenger Arrival Date
Codes:
Passenger's Sex
Occupation
Literacy
Native Country
Transit Status
Travel Compartment
Passenger Port of embarkation
Identification Number for the Ship Manifest
Other Voyages (of the Ship)
Passenger List (for that voyage on that ship)

Why This Database is Valuable: These materials identify 604,596 persons who arrived in the Port of New York, 1846-1851, and the ships on which they arrived. Approximately 70 percent of the passenger records list Ireland as the native country. The other 32 countries include Canada, Brazil, Saint Croix, Russia, Morocco, the United States and countries throughout Europe. These records include passengers aboard ships with both Irish and non-Irish ports of embarkation for emigration to America. The series consists of four electronic files. The primary file is the Famine Irish Passenger Record File (FIPAS) that includes passenger lists with the personal names involved in this wave of immigration. Three additional files supplement it and serve as electronic code files. They are the Famine Irish Manifest Header File, the Famine Irish Port Code List and the Famine Irish Country Code List.

Next Steps: Make sure to check with the Passenger List for the ship. People with similar surnames could have traveled together as families, and these could lead to naturalization records for New York, New Jersey, or whatever city the immigrant settled in.

The Center for Immigration Research (CIR) at the Balch Institute created this series to promote access to information about immigrants from Ireland to the United States during the era of the Irish Potato Famine, 1846-1851. It was extracted from ship passenger lists in the records of the U.S. Customs Service (NARA Record Group 36).

Scope & Content Note: These materials identify 604,596 persons who arrived in the Port of New York, 1846-1851, and the ships on which they arrived. Approximately 70 percent of the passenger records list Ireland as the native country. The other 32 countries include Canada, Brazil, Saint Croix, Russia, Morocco, the United States and countries throughout Europe. These records include passengers aboard ships with both Irish and non-Irish ports of embarkation for emigration to America. The series consists of four electronic files. The primary file is the Famine Irish Passenger Record File (FIPAS) that includes passenger lists with the personal names involved in this wave of immigration. Three additional files supplement it and serve as electronic code files. They are the Famine Irish Manifest Header File, the Famine Irish Port Code List and the Famine Irish Country Code List. Each of the FIPAS records contains data on a passenger and may include name, age, town of last residence, destination, passenger arrival date, and codes for passenger's sex, occupation, literacy, native country, transit status, travel compartment, passenger port of embarkation, and the identification number for the ship manifest.

TITLE: Records for Passengers Who Arrived at the Port of New York During the Irish Famine, created, 1977 - 1989, documenting the period 1/12/1846 - 12/31/1851. LOCATION: NWME Electronic and Special Media Records Services Division National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001. Glazier, Ira A., Originator