Boston Passenger Lists Quick Guide 1820-1963

by Joe Beine


Boston, Massachusetts Passenger Lists 1820-1963 : Finding Boston Immigration Records

This page lists research material for locating Boston, Massachusetts passenger arrival records from 1820-1963. Included are online records and indexes, and microfilmed records and indexes.

Boston Passenger Lists and Indexes Online
  • Boston Passenger Lists at Ancestry (fee-based)
    • Boston Passenger Lists Online Database, 1820-1963 (index and images) (with gaps); requires payment - part of an Ancestry subscription; includes digitized images of the passenger lists from the microfilm
      • Note: 1855-1856 and April 1874-1882 are missing from this database. For those years try the online Massachusetts State Lists index listed below.
      • This database includes some airplane arrivals in the later years -- see the list below.
  • Boston Passenger Lists at FamilySearch (free):
    • Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1891 (with gaps); free; includes digitized images from NARA microfilm publication M277: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1820-1891. Covers Sept. 22, 1820 to July 29, 1891. There is gap between March 31, 1874 and April, 1883. For that time period and other gaps, see the Massachusetts State Lists index below.
    • Boston Passenger Lists, 1891-1943 free; includes digitized images from NARA microfilm publication T843: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1891-1943. Covers Aug. 1, 1891-1943.

Boston Passenger Lists and Indexes on Microfilm

Microfilm Passenger Lists:
  • Microfilm Information: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, MA; 1820 to July 29, 1891 National Archives Publication M277.
  • Microfilm Information: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, MA; August 1, 1891 to 1943 National Archives Publication T843.
  • Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1917-1943. National Archives Microfilm Publication T938.
  • Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, January 1944 - November 1954. National Archives Microfilm Publication A3604.
  • Passenger and Crew Manifests of Airplanes Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, February 1945 - November 1954. National Archives Microfilm Publication A3607.
  • Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels and Airplanes Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1954-1963. National Archives Microfilm Publication A3606.
  • Passenger and Crew Manifests of Airplanes Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1957-1963. National Archives Microfilm Publication A3608.
  • The above 7 microfilm publications have been digitized and are included in Ancestry's "Boston Passenger Lists Online Database 1820-1963." See the first link listed above.
Microfilm Indexes:



US Ports of Arrival and Their Available Passenger Lists 1820-1957

Finding Passenger Lists 1820-1940s (arrivals at US Ports)




© 2004-2018 Joe Beine | Main Page | Site Map | Privacy Policy/Disclaimer
May not be copied or reproduced without permission

Baltimore Passenger Lists | New Orleans Passenger Lists | New York Passenger Lists | Philadelphia Passenger Lists