Find your ancestors in Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1943

Uncover exciting details about your family in this collection of passenger Lists from Boston, Massachusetts, the hub of New England, between 1820 and 1943. Find out crucial information like the name of the ship they traveled on and their age on their arrival in the United States.

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There are more than 3.7 million records in this collection showing the huge number of travelers who arrived in the city of Boston, Massachusetts through the 19th and 20th centuries. While the information for each person may vary, Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1943 typically provides:

  • First and last name
  • Age
  • Birth year
  • Birth place/nationality
  • Arrival year
  • Ship name
  • Discover more about Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1943

    Boston, Massachusetts, founded in 1620 is one of the oldest cities in the United States and has received travelers by sea for almost 400 years. Located in the northeastern part of the country, the city is the largest city in “New England” and is nicknamed “The Hub” for its central position and importance in the region. These passenger lists document the pull of Boston and the millions of people who passed through the port, from the early years of national independence up until the middle of the Second World War.

    Explore these records and find out new information that you can use to expand your family history and continue your genealogical research. The details you learn will help you discover even more facts about your relatives in our other collections, including Massachusetts records and newspapers, federal censuses and military records.