Ports of emigration
Irish emigrants- ports of emigration, ships and passenger-lists
Queenstown ,county Cork (now Cobh)
From 1848 - 1950 over 6 million adults and children emigrated from Ireland - over 2.5 million departed from Cobh county Cork Ireland , making it the single most important port of emigration. Cork was the major emigration port, although every port in Ireland was used as a point of emigration at some stage.
The port city of Liverpool, with a current population of 439,473, has long been a destination for Irish migrants. By far the greatest influx of Irish people to Liverpool came during the years of the Great Famine in the 1840s. However Irish migration into the city was not a novel occurrence. Indeed, from the early 1800s Liverpool acted as a staging post for Irish migrants on their way to North America or settling in England.
Londonderry and Belfast
Londonderry and Belfast were important ports from the eighteenth century-ports for embarkation for thousands of emigrants from Northern Ireland who sailed to British North America and the United States.
Prior to 1820 it was not required to keep passenger lists and many have not survived. However, there are often immigration related materials and other records that can help determine when an immigrant came in to the new country.
Keep in mind that most passenger lists were handwritten. Deciphering this handwriting was sometimes difficult when the lists were later indexed. So you may need to search for alternate spellings of a surname when using indexes. Also the emigration officers often had a bit of trouble understanding the Irish accents , this resulted sometimes in a different spelling of the names if the passengers were asked for their name.
A lot of Irish passengers when asked where they came from just stated 'the Irish Free State or Ireland and not the town or village or townland they came from , this will make it a bit more difficult to trace back their ancestors in Ireland , especially if their surname is Murphy or Kelly.
Links to passenger records
- Links and sources for passenger records
- Irish emigrants to Alabama 1846-1851
- Ships Passenger Lists on the Internet
- Cimorilli Passenger Ship Database: Irish Immigrants to USA
- Irish Convicts & Exiles to Australia 41 convict ships, with convicts listed by Lesley Uebel
- St. George - London - Waterford - Maryland - Oct 7, 1677
- Ship ENCREASE out of Youghal, Ireland to Maryland in 1679.
- Ireland to Boston, Massachusetts - passengers on 18 ships from 1716 to 1779.
- The Hannah September 11 1764, from Cork
- "Freemason" from Cork, destination unknown, arrived 27th. December 1764
- "Willmott" from Cork on 15th. December 1766, destination unknown.
- The Brig, Ann and Margaret, from Ireland, October 14 1767 destination unknown
- A list of Passengers who have sailed on board the MARS for America from Dublin 29 March 1803
- A List of Passengers on the ship PORTLAND for Charleston 29 March 1803
- A List of Passengers on the ship EAGLE for New York 29 March 1803
- Master, Seth Stevens, sailed for Newcastle and Philadelphia from Warren Point, Newry 29 March 1803
- A List of Passengers on the ship SUSAN. Sailed from Dublin to New York April 5, 1803.
- List of several ships and passenger lists
- Irish Passenger Lists, 1803-1806 Ancestry.com
- List of passengers to Philadelphia on board the BROTHERS of Philadelphia, sworn at Londonderry, 14 April 1804.
- Ship Passenger Lists Scots and Irish
- 1826 Ireland to Frenchman's Bay Maine on Maine
- List of Passengers brought into the District of French's Bay* from Foreign Countries in the Qr. ending Decr. 31, 1827.
- Famine ships and passengerlists
- City of Chester April 27 1891 from Liverpool-Queeston
- Tuetonic April 30 1891
- Emigrants from Louisburg Area Co Mayo Ireland 1909