Incoming UK Ships Passenger lists are now online! Genealogists can now search for ancestors on UK Incoming Ships Passenger Lists, 1878-1960
These new passenger lists include OUTBOUND lists from Canada and America as well as other countries such as Australia.
Neither Canada or America maintained "outbound" passenger lists. The records for all these ship passengers travelling between 1890 and 1960 are the only United Kingdom "inbound" lists, but prior to this month, they were not indexed, nor microfilmed. The original inbound lists were kept at Public Record Office in
Kew, England, and they could only be viewed in person.
Now that Ancestry.com has scanned the lists and indexed them, they are avaiable online and what a terrific resource they are. I've been playing in them for a few days now and have already found my great grandparents sailing back to England from Quebec - more than once. I knew they had come over to Ontario for a visit (perhaps more than one) in the 1920s.
A search of the Canadian Passenger Lists 1865-1935 which Ancestry.com put online several weeks ago, gave me one ship passenger list with their names. But it also gave me another puzzle, as the list stated they had been to Canada from England in a previous year. I was not able to find that list but learning when they returned to England has narrowed the timeline.
I'm off to play some more in this terrific resource! UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960