Passenger and Immigration Lists: Boston, 1821-1850



Passenger lists are important primary sources of arrival data for the vast majority of immigrants to the United States in the nineteenth century. With the single exception of federal census records, passenger lists are the largest, most continuous, and the most uniform body of population records for the entire country. It contains approximately 161,000 individuals who arrived at the port of Boston, Massachusetts from foreign ports between 1821 and 1850.