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Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists Index, 1899-1940
This article describes a collection of records at
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, 
United States
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Record Description
Record Type Passenger list Index
Record Group RG 85: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
Collection years 1899-1940
Microfilm Publication T790. Indexes to Boston Passenger Lists,1899-1940. 107 rolls.
  T617. to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, MA, July 1, 1906-December 31, 1920. 11 rolls.
  T521. Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, MA., Jan. 1, 1902-June 30, 1906. 11 rolls.
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection corresponds with the following NARA publications which are part of Record Group 85 Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

  • T790: Book Indexes to Boston Passenger Lists, 1899-1940; covering April 1, 1899 to September 14, 1940; Arranged by date,book indexes do not exist from 1901
  • T617: Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, July 1, 1906-Dec. 31, 1920; Arranged alphabetically
  • T521: Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, January 1, 1902-June 30, 1906; Arranged alphabetically

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists Index, 1899-1940.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Passenger list

  • Name
  • Date of arrival
  • Place of arrival
  • Gender
  • Name of ship
  • Age
  • Birth year
  • Birth country

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of immigrant
  • Some other identifying information such as age or date of arrival

If you do not have this information search the United States census records after 1900. The census should list the year of immigration or how many years the immigrant has been in the United States.

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

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  1. Select the NARA Roll Number - Contents to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the age to calculate a birth date
  • Use the name, date, group, and list number to obtain additional immigration information from the National Archives
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may also have immigrated
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct. You may need to compare the information on more than one card or person to make this determination
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Search the indexes and records of other port cities

Record Finder[edit | edit source]

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation
"Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists Index, 1899-1940." Database with images. FamilySearch. : 25 August 2016. Citing NARA microfilm publications T790, T617, and T521. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d
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