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Hi, we hope this information may be helpful in your search.
Many thanks for eillo  :)and MJP for their hard work. :)


There are no comprehensive lists of immigrants arriving in
Canada prior to 1865. Until that year, shipping companies
were not required by the government to keep their passenger

There are search engines to search multiple websites for
ships going to Canada at

They include most ships lists on the Internet going to
Canada and the online InGeneas databases for immigration to
Canada 1800s

Library & Archives Canada Holdings

There are some passenger lists archived at the NAC
(National Archives of Canada) for the time period 1817-
1831. You might also find an ancestor in correspondence of
the Secretary of State on immigration for 1817-1857.  There
are lists of immigrants, mainly Irish, and entry books re
immigration, and assisted emigration to British North
America. These must be ordered offline . Details are given

Immigration Projects Online

Ships passenger lists for Peter Robinson Settlers
sailing1825 Ireland to Canada are online at

There are a few surviving passenger lists which were kept by
shipping agents in the originating country. The Passenger
Books of J & J Cooke, Shipping Agents gives sailings from
Londonderry to Quebec and St. John New Brunswick from 1847
to 1871. These are online at

St. Lawrence Steamboat Co. Passenger Records 1819-1836 at

The Hawke Papers, letterbooks of Chief Emigrant Agent
Anthony B. Hawke  are also available at the Archives of
Ontario. They cover the years 1831 to 1892. See the
searchable database at

There is also the "Return of Emigrants Landed at the Port of
Kingston Ontario, Canada 1861-1882" which gives the final
destination of the individuals, their date of arrival at
Kingston and more. It is found at

Petworth Immigrants 1832-1837 at

Emigrants from England in New York City Almshouse 1818-1830
- 254 names of English immigrants to Canada & USA including
the name of the ship they sailed on at

New Brunswick Arrivals

The Saint John Customs House Passenger Lists 1815, 1832,
1833-1834 & 1837-1838 are the only known surviving lists
from this time period. Some can be found online at   

Most of the Customs House records were lost in
1877 in the Great Fire of Saint John. Famine lists from
1845-1850 appear also to have been lost.

Mailing Lists

There is a mailing list called  CAN-SHIPSLISTS-PRE1865-L for
queries and discussion involving immigration to Canada
before 1865. You can subscribe from this page

Newspaper Arrivals

TheShipsList website has Quebec ship arrivals extracted from
contemporary newspapers.


Miscellaneous Websites with Immigration Information on Ships
to Canada

Immigrants to Canada

The Ships List

Ships Passenger Lists Online

Finding Ships Passenger Lists to Canada

Ships Passenger Lists to Canada 1400-1930

Bayley, Dorset, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cheshire and others.
Antrobus, Somerset/Glouster
Skelton, Heslington, Yorkshire
James, Norfolk, and London
Delasalle, London area
Gravett/Grevet, Surrey
Also searching the above in Australia

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Re: Ship Passenger Lists to Canada Before 1865, (please read before posting.)
« Reply #1 on: Monday 03 August 15 08:33 BST (UK) »
Thank you for the information.

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Re: Ship Passenger Lists to Canada Before 1865, (please read before posting.)
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 06 February 16 22:09 GMT (UK) »
Hi grub,
  lots of info there.  I know I'm off topic here, but do you know how I might check for passenger lists in reverse.  I'm looking for a George McDowell who was born in Canada and emigrated to England.  He was born in 1851 and shows up in the English census, starting 1871.  You help would be greatly appreciated.


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Re: Ship Passenger Lists to Canada Before 1865, (please read before posting.)
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 17 October 18 03:24 BST (UK) »
I just noticed that one of the links to the Olive tree
has some records of ships outbound from US and Canada. Maybe it will help.

It is like looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack in my experience though!
Good Luck.