Colonial Period, To 1774 (U.S.)

The genealogical researcher who is attempting to trace an emigrant ancestry must first determine the emigrant’s identity and the port and date of landing. The following list of general sources includes several ship passenger lists and two major bibliographies of ship passenger lists (see Filby and Lancour below).

Alderman Reference
F3 .B35
Banks, Charles Edward. Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England, 1620-1650. Philadelphia: E. E. Brownell, 1937.Alphabetical arrangement of English counties, listing the name of the emigrant, his parish, ship’s name, the New England town he settled in, and the reference source of the information. Also included are indexes of wives and children of emigrants, parishes, English counties and shires, ships carrying emigrants, and New England towns.
Alderman Reference
E187.5 .H795 1982
Brandow, James C. Omitted chapters from Hotten’s original lists of persons of quality and others who went from Great Britain to the American plantations, 1600-1700 : census returns, parish registers, and militia rolls from the Barbados census of 1679/80. Ed. by James C. Brandow. Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1982.Supplement to Hotten’s The original lists of persons of quality.
Special Collections
CS 425 .B7
Burke, Bernard. A genealogical and heraldic history of the colonial gentry. London, Harrison & Sons 1891-1895. 2 v.
Gov Info Reference Desk
E184 .B7 C59 2000
(CD resource)
[Coldham, Peter Wilson. The complete book of emigrants, 1607-1776 & Emigrants in bondage, 1614-1775.] Version 2. [Novato, Calif.] : Brøderbund Software :, LLC, c2000.CD contains The Complete book of emigrants (1987) and The Complete book of emigrants in bondage compiled by Peter Wilson Coldham.
Alderman Stacks
HV 8950 .U6 C65 1992
Coldham, Peter Wilson. Emigrants in chains : a social history of forced emigration to the Americas of felons, destitute chidren, political and religious non-conformists, vagabonds, beggars and other undesirables, 1607-1776. Baltimore, Md. : Genealogical Pub. Co., c1992.
Law Library
CS68 .C53 1980
Coldham, Peter Wilson. English estates of American colonists : American wills and administrations in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1700-1799. Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1980.
Alderman Stacks
CS49 .C63 1993
Coletta, John Phillip. They came in ships : a guide to finding your immigrant ancestor’s arrival record. Rev. ed., 2nd ed., rev. & enl. Salt Lake City, Utah : Ancestry, 1993.
Special Collections
E186.5.B25 1910
Colonial Dames of America. Ancestral Records and Portraits: A Compilation from the Archives of Chapter I of the Colonial Dames of America. New York: The Grafton Press, 1910. 2 vols.Contains the lineages of descendants of the original colonists from the Mayflower, the Huguenots, and the settlers of the southern colonies who are members of the Colonial Dames of America. Index.
Gov Docs Reference
CS68 .P35 2000
Filby, P. William. Passenger and immigration lists index, 1500s-1900s : 2000 update. Novato, Calif. : Broderbund, 2000. 1 CD-ROM”Updated in 2000, this Family Archive includes detailed information on approximately 3,280,000 individuals who arrived in United States and Canadian ports.”–Container.
Special Collections
E186.3 .M39 1995
General Society of Colonial Wars (U.S.). Maryland. Society of Colonial Wars in the state of Maryland : genealogies of the members, 1940-1994, and record of services of ancestors, vol. 3. Baltimore, Md. : James P. Macfarlane for The Society, 1995.
Alderman Reference
CS61 .H3 1965
Hardy, Stella Pickett. Colonial families of the Southern States of America; a history and genealogy of colonial families who settled in the Colonies prior to the Revolution. [2d ed.] with revisions and additions by the author. Baltimore, Genealogical Pub. Co., 1965.Indexes over 10,000 names, ports of entry and departure, and coats of arms. Genealogies of selected colonial families. Alphabetical arrangement by surname; index of all names. Reprint of 2d ed., 1958.

Alderman Reference
CS61.H6 1964
Holmes, Frank R. Directory of the Ancestral Heads of New England Families, 1620-1700. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1964.Historical and biographical information on New England family heads and members of these families. Arrangement by family name.
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Special Collections
E187.5 .H759 1931
Hotten, John Camden. The original lists of persons of quality; emigrants; religious exiles; political rebels; serving men sold for a term of years; apprentices; children stolen; maidens pressed; and others who went from Great Britain to the American plantations 1600-1700. With their ages, the localities where they formerly lived in the mother country, the names of the ships in which they embarked, and other interesting particulars. New York, G.A. Baker, 1931.Taken from the papers of the Public Record Office, England, this work includes, when available, the ages of emigrants, their former English homes, the names of the ships that carried them, and other pertinent information. There is a muster roll of the inhabitants of Virginia and a list of the living and dead in Virginia in 1623. Comprehensive index.
Alderman Reference
MacKenzie, George Norbury. Colonial Families of the United States of America. New York and Boston: The Grafton Press, 1907-20. 7 vols.History, genealogy, and armorial bearings of colonial families who lived in the American colonies from the settlement of Jamestown (1607) to the Revolution (1775). There is an index.
Savage, James. A genealogical dictionary of the first settlers of New England, before 1692. [S.l.] : United States Genealogy Network, c2000.A searchable electronic version of James Savage’s 1860 genealogical dictionary. Based on a 1994 corrected electronic text prepared by Robert Kraft.
Alderman Stacks & Reference
E187.5S52 1932
Sherwood, George Frederic Tudor. American Colonists in English Records. London: J . Sherwood, 1932. 2 vols.Arranged by year, this work lists the direct references in English record sources to American colonists as well as some passenger lists not included in Hotten (above).