Selected Passenger Lists and Manifests. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
A full list of sources can be found here.
This database is an index to passenger lists of ships and airplanes arriving from foreign ports at various Florida ports. The index includes the following ports and years:
- Jacksonville (1904-1948)
- Miami (1899-1948)
- Pensacola (citizens: Jun. 1924 – Aug. 1948, aliens: Mar. 1946 – Nov. 1948) (also includes passenger lists of ships departing from Pensacola for Aug. 1926 – Mar. 1948)
- Panama City (citizens: 1933-1936, aliens: 1927-1939)
- St. Petersburg (citizens, aliens, crew members: Dec. 1926-Mar. 1941)
- Tampa (Nov. 1898-Dec. 1945) (Gaps for which no records exist: Dec. 21, 1902-Sept. 2, 1904 and May 1, 1915-Nov. 30, 1915)
- Key West (1898-1945)
- Knights Key (citizens and aliens: Feb. 1908-Jan. 1912)
- Port Everglades (citizens, aliens, and airline crew: Feb. 1932-May 1951) (includes lists from vessels and airplanes)
In addition, the names found in the index are linked to actual images of the passenger lists, copied from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) microfilm (see below for source citations).
Information contained in this index varies according to the type of form used. Different forms were used to record passengers who were U.S. citizens and those who were aliens. The departure passenger list form also varied from the arrival form. Forms may have simply changed over time as well. Despite the differences in the forms, if available, generally the following information is included in the index:
- Given name and surname of passenger
- Ethnicity or nationality
- Last residence
- Name of friend or relative
- Final Destination
- Port of departure
- Port of arrival
- Date of arrival (or departure, as the case may be)
Additional information such as the individual’s occupation, marital status, or whether able to read or write was recorded on some forms and may be ascertained by viewing the corresponding image. Many of the bulleted items listed above may be used to search the index in the search template above.
Many passenger list forms, especially those from the twentieth century, were two pages long. Be sure to click the "Previous" and "Next" buttons in order to see all the images pertaining to a particular manifest.
It is important to note that the port of departure listed on these passenger lists is not always the original port of departure for these individuals. A ship could make several voyages throughout the year, making several stops along way. Oft times the port of departure found on these lists is the most recent port the ship was located at prior to arriving at Florida. Therefore, if your ancestors emigrated to the U.S. from Germany, they could be found on a passenger list coming from Liverpool, England (if, in this case, the ship left from Bremen, Germany then continued on to Liverpool, England before arriving in Florida).
The microcopies of the passenger lists found at NARA are arranged chronologically by arrival date of vessel. If you do not wish to search this database using the search template, the images may be browsed following the chronological arrangement. To browse the images first select the “Year” in which you would like to search, followed by the “Month”, and finally the “Ship Name”.
To learn about researching in passenger records consult John P. Colletta’s book, They Came In Ships (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993).