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March 25, 2004

Arkansas Naturalization Records Index 1809-1906

In the 1930s and 1940s a statewide project was begun by the WPA Work Projects Administration). This project was to find and photograph Naturalization Records before 27 September 1906.

All copies were to be deposited with INS (Immigration & Naturalization Service) but when the WPA was disbanded in 1942,only a few states and districts were complete.

With the help of a wonderful volunteer, I have begun putting an index online for Arkansas Naturalization Records 1809-1906

As always, all records on all my sites are free to all researchers. Please let pages load fully, then *read* the introduction and explanations before you begin clicking on links :-)

An overview of what records exist for Arkansas and where they can be found is at Arkansas Naturalizations at

March 12, 2004

The JJ Cooke Shipping Lists online - Find Ancestors in Passenger Books of Shipping Companies

Olive Tree Genealogy brings you the Passenger Books of J & J Cooke, Shipping Agents with sailings from Londonderry to Philadelphia Pennsylvania; Quebec; St. John, New Brunswick; and New Orleans Louisiana from 1847 to 1871

These lists can be found in D.2892/1/1-14 Passenger Books of J & J Cooke, Shipping Agents. Sailings from Londonderry to Philadelphia, Quebec, St. John, New Brunswick, 1847-71 (see also MIC.13) in the PRO of Northern Ireland

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 manifests. That makes finding passenger lists difficult, but not impossible

The JJ Cooke records are a valuable source for the missing Canadian Ships Passenger Lists for this time period!

They also provide needed passenger lists for Louisiana and Pennsylvania.

The index to the ships I have online so far from JJ Cooke Records is at

Many lists give the passengers ages and places of origin.